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Find files simply. Walks a directory tree emitting events based on what it finds. Presents a familiar callback/emitter/a+sync interface. Walk a tree of any depth.

Find files. Walks a directory tree emitting events based on what it finds. Presents a familliar callback/emitter/sync interface. Walk a tree of any depth. This is a performant option any pull requests to make it more so will be taken into consderation..

var walk = require('walkdir');
//async with path callback  
  console.log('found: ',path);
//use async emitter to capture more events 
var emitter = walk('../');
  console.log('file from emitter: ', filename);
//sync with callback 
  console.log('found sync:',path);
//sync just need paths 
var paths = walk.sync('../');
console.log('found paths sync: ',paths);
npm install walkdir

walkdir(path, [options], [callback]) walkdir.sync(path, [options], [callback]);

  • path

    • the starting point of your directory walk
  • options. supported options are

    • general

      "follow_symlinks":false, // default is off  
      "no_recurse":false,      // only recurse one level deep 
      "max_depth":undefined    // only recurse down to max_depth. if you need more than no_recurse 
    • sync only

      "return_object":false, // if true the sync return will be in {path:stat} format instead of [path,path,...] 
      "no_return":false, // if true null will be returned and no array or object will be created with found paths. useful for large listings 
  • callback

    • this is bound to the path event of the emitter. its optional in all cases.


non error type events are emitted with (path,stat). stat is an instanceof fs.Stats

fired for everything

fired only for regular files

fired only for directories

fired when a symbolic link is found

fired when the entire tree has been read and emitted.

fired when a socket descriptor is found

fired when a fifo is found

fired when a character device is found

fired when a block device is found

fired for the stat of the path you provided as the first argument. is is only fired if it is a directory.

fired for empty directory

error type events are emitted with (path,error). error being the error object returned from an fs call or other opperation.

if the target path cannot be read an error event is emitted. this is the only failure case.

when stat or read fails on a path somewhere in the walk and it is not your target path you get a fail event instead of error. This is handy if you want to find places you dont have access too.

the async emitter returned supports 3 methods

stop a walk in progress

pause the walk. no more events will be emitted until resume

resume the walk

will not traverse these directories. may be called in the path event handler to ignore dynamically.

var walk = require('walkdir');
var p = require('path');
  // ignore all .git directories. 
  if(p.basename(path) === '.git') {
//cancel a walk in progress within callback. 
var walk = require('walkdir');
//cancel a walk in progress with emitter handle 
var walk = require('walkdir');
var emitter = walk('../');

thanks to substack. the interface for this module is based off of node-findit

see for guidelines. this is an open opensource project.