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How to read remote file with Node.js http.get?

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To read remote file with Node.js http.get, we create a write stream.

For instance, we write

const fs = require("fs");
const https = require("https");

const file = fs.createWriteStream("data.txt");

https.get("https://www.w3.org/TR/PNG/iso_8859-1.txt", (response) => {
  const stream = response.pipe(file);

  stream.on("finish", () => {
    console.log("done");
  });
});

to call createWriteStream to create a write stream to write to data.txt.

Then we call get to make a get request to the file.

We get the response as a read stream and call pipe to pipe it to the file write stream.

And we call on to listen to the finish event which is emitted when writing is done.

By John Au-Yeung

Web developer specializing in React, Vue, and front end development.

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