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cat will read the contents of an url. it's available through npm

npm install cat

it will read your files

var cat = require('cat');
cat('myfile.txt', console.log);             // reads the file as utf-8 and returns it output 
cat('file://myfile.txt', console.log);      // same as above 

and your http / https urls

cat('', console.log);      // cat also follows any redirects 
cat('', console.log);     // and cat read https 
cat('', console.log); // if a status code != 2xx is received it will  
                                            // call the callback with an error.