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NodeJS Secure File Removal Utility

Use Node JS to securely delete files on your server with Unix's shred command.

How to Install

npm install shredfile

Licence info

Licensed under the MIT License:

Getting Started

All of the values listed in the example below represent the default values for their respective configuration item.

You can simply do this:

var shredfile = require('shredfile')();

And, you'll be good to go.

BUT: If you want more control, you can specify all sorts of options.

var shredfile = require('shredfile')({
    shred_path: '/usr/bin/shred', // Path to shred binary on your server 
    force: false, // If true, changes permissions of file to allow writing if necessary 
    iterations: 3, // How many time to overwrite the file 
    bytes: null, // If specified, it will shred to specified bytes and then stop 
    remove: true, // If true, removes (unlinks) file after shredding 
    zero: true, // If true, adds final overwrite with zeros to hide shredding 
    debug_mode: false // Whether or not to log info/debug/error msgs to the console 

Here is a non-default values example (to help you get an idea of what the proper-looking values should be):

var shredfile = require('shredfile')({
    shred_path: '/usr/local/bin/shred', // Maybe yours is located here 
    force: true, // You do want to change permissions to force writing 
    iterations: 25, // You're paranoid. Writing over the file 25 times. 
    bytes: '70M', // You're shredding the first 70 MB of the file only 
    remove: false, // You want to shred the file but keep it there. 
    zero: false, // You don't care about hiding the fact that you shredde the file. 
    debug_mode: true // You want to know everything that happened. 


.shred(files, end_cb, status_cb)

This method allows you to shred a one or many files.


  • files required (string or array) A path (string) or list paths (array) to file(s) you want to be shredded.
  • end_cb (function) Will be called when the shred is complete. It takes 2 parameters:
  • err (string or null) A standard error message string (null if no error)
  • file (string) The original files parameter passed into this shred method.
  • status_cb (function) Will be called everytime the status of a file is changed (ex. renaming and each overwrite iteration). It takes 4 parameters:
  • action (string) This will be either 'overwriting' or 'renaming'
  • progress (float) The percentage of the specific action that is complete (ex. 0.66)
  • file (string) File name of the file that is currently being acted upon
  • active_file_path (string) Full path to the file that is currently being acted upon


Single File:
shredfile.shred('/a/picture/for_example.jpg', function(err, file) {
    if(err) {
    console.log("File has been shredded!");
Multiple Files:
shredfile.shred(['/a/picture/for_example.jpg','/a/different/file.dat'], function(err, file) {
    if(err) {
    console.log("Files have been shredded!");
}, function(action,progress,file,path) {
    progress = (Math.round((progress * 10000)) / 100);
    self.settings.logger.debug(action + ' ' + file + '' + progress + '%');