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    Promise-implementation-agnostic wrapper for fs

    Promises are great. Node's default implementation of the fs module, using callbacks, are not. What's also not great is a fs wrapper that is dependant upon a specific promise implementation, especially since native promises have landed in ES2015. This library intends to be a drop-in replacement for the built-in fs module, where all the async functions now use Promises instead of callbacks. Any other functions on the fs module are passed through untouched.


    • All the examples in this README will be using ES2015/ES2016. The library is written in ES3 for maximum compatibility, but Promises are just so much easier to work with in ES2015+.

    • By default, this library will use global.Promise as its promise implementation. If you are using an older version of node, or want to use a different Promise implementation for any reason, you need to do something like this:

      var fs = require("fs.promised/promisify")(require("bluebird"));

      The promisify include takes a second optional parameter, shouldCache, which will cache the generated promise wrappers so that when promisify is called in another module with the same Promise implementation the same wrapper is returned. Set this to false if you wish to disable.


    const fs = require("fs.promised");
    const doSomething_ES2015 = function () {
        return fs.mkdir("/tmp/fs")
        .then(() => fs.writeFile("/tmp/fs/test", "blah blah blah"))
        .then(() => fs.unlink("/tmp/fs/test"))
    const doSomething_ES2016 = async function () {
        await fs.mkdir("/tmp/fs");
        await fs.writeFile("/tmp/fs/test", "blah blah blah");
        await fs.unlink("/tmp/fs/test");


    • Exceptions: If the wrapped function throws an error, the promise will be rejected with the the erro. This shouldn't matter as async fs functions shouldn't throw errors synchonously but the promise will still capture it if it does.

    • Callbacks with multiple success values: This should only affect fs.write and fs.read. Functions that give a callback more than one success value (as in, values after the first "error" value) will be resolved with an array. Example:

      const multiArgs_ES2015 = function () {
          return fs.read(fd, data)
          .then(([ written, string ]) => {
      /* ES2016 */
      const multiArgs_ES2016 = async function () {
          let [written, string] = await fs.read(fd, data);




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