plist-native

Node.js native plist parser & builder

plist-native

Light, fast & memory efficient plist parser/builder that relies on libxmljs.

Install the libxml2-dev package required by libxmljs on your system.

Parsing a plist from file/string

var plist = require('plist-native');
 
var obj = plist.parse(fs.readFileSync(__dirname + '/myPlist.plist')); // parses a buffer 
 
var obj2 = plist.parseString('<plist><string>Hello World!</string></plist>'); // parses a string 
 

Building a plist from an object:

var plist = require('plist-native');
 
var buffer = plist.build({'foo' : 'bar'}); // returns a buffer 
 
var str = plist.buildString({'foo' : 'bar'}); // returns a string 
 

Speed benchmark with debug working with a 13MB iTunes.xml plist library file:

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
|   | library      | engine (dep)  | size (lines)  | parsing       | building      |
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
| 1 | plist-native | libxmljs      | 106           | 2s638ms       | 3s139ms       |
| 2 | plist        | xmlbuilder    | 297           | 5s202ms +97%  | 3s698ms +18%  |
| 3 | xml2js       | sax           | 254           | 6s887ms +161% | n/a           |
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Memory benchmark with memwatch working with a 13MB iTunes.xml plist library file:

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
|   | library      | engine (dep)  | size (lines)  | parsing       | building      |
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
| 1 | plist-native | libxmljs      | 106           | 52.86mb       | 16.78mb       |
| 2 | plist        | xmlbuilder    | 297           | 53.30mb +1%   | 156.34mb (?!) |
| 3 | xml2js       | sax           | 254           | 61.87mb +17%  | n/a           |
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

node-plist-native is tested with nodeunit.

npm install --dev
npm test

Please submit all pull requests the against master branch. If your unit test contains javascript patches or features, you should include relevant unit tests. Thanks!

Olivier Louvignes

  • http://olouv.com
  • http://github.com/mgcrea
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