Read or write to a stream using while and await, not event handlers.

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Read or write to a stream using while and await, not event handlers.
  • Read and write streams using familiar constructs, without resorting to synchronous methods for I/O.
  • Read and write long streams without runaway memory usage.
  • Process streams one chunk or line at a time. Await asynchronous operations inbetween.


  • Node v8+ recommended. async/await support was added to Node v7. Node v6 will throw "SyntaxError: Unexpected token function" for the examples below. See secondExamplewithoutawait.js for an example of using awaitify-stream without await.


npm install awaitify-stream
Reader functions
  • readAsync([size]): Promise wrapper around Returns a promise for the next chunk of data. Resolves to null at the end of the stream.
Writer functions
  • writeAsync(chunk[, encoding]): Promise wrapper around writable.write. Returns a promise that resolves following a drain event (if necessary) and a call to write. Doesn't wait for the chunk to be flushed.
  • endAsync([chunk][, encoding]): Promise wrapper around writable.end. Returns a promise that resolves when the stream is finished.
Reader/Writer API
Use createReader, createWriter or createDuplexer to create a wrapper around the stream. The stream property can be used to later access the stream. ```javascript const fs = require('fs'); const aw = require('awaitify-stream'); async function run() {
let readStream = fs.createReadStream('firstExample.js');
let reader = aw.createReader(readStream);
let writer = aw.createWriter(process.stdout);
// Read the file and write it to stdout.
let chunk, count = 0;
while (null !== (chunk = await reader.readAsync())) {
// Perform any synchronous or asynchronous operation here.
await writer.writeAsync(chunk);
console.log(`\n\nDone. Read the file in ${count} chunk(s).`);
} run(); ```
Augment Stream API
Use addAsyncFunctions to add the reader and/or writer functions to a stream object. The reader functions are added if stream.readable is true. The writer functions are added if stream.writable is true. ```javascript const fs = require('fs'); const aw = require('awaitify-stream'); const lineLength = 6; // 5 digits in a zip code, plus the newline character. function delay(ms) {
return new Promise((resolve) => {
setTimeout(resolve, ms);
} async function run() {
let stream = aw.addAsyncFunctions(fs.createReadStream('zipCodes.lftxt'));
// Read and print zip codes, slowly.
let zipCode;
while (null !== (zipCode = await stream.readAsync(lineLength))) {
// Remove the newline character. If you didn't set the encoding
// above, use zipCode.toString().trim()
zipCode = zipCode.trim();
await delay(200);
} run(); ```
Line Reading
You can use awaitify-stream in combination with a package like byline to read a line at a time. ```javascript const fs = require('fs'); const aw = require('awaitify-stream'); const byline = require('byline'); const readline = require('readline'); // Used for prompting the user. function checkGuess(rl, guess) {
return new Promise((resolve) => {
rl.question(`Is the ${guess} your card? [y/n] `, (answer) => {
} async function run() {
let stream = fs.createReadStream('millionsOfGuesses.txt');
let lineStream = byline.createStream(stream, { keepEmptyLines: false });
let reader = aw.createReader(lineStream);
const rl = readline.createInterface({
input: process.stdin,
output: process.stdout
try {
let line;
while (null !== (line = await reader.readAsync())) {
let guessedCard = await checkGuess(rl, line);
if (guessedCard) {
finally {
} run(); ```
Related Packages
  • byline: Useful for reading streams line-by-line. I recommend using byline over node's builtin readline because you can pause the stream or await asynchronous operations inbetween each line.
  • The library has no dependencies. mocha and byline are required only for testing.
byline served as an example package as I was writing awaitify-stream, my first package. davedoesdev contributed fixes. mknj identified an issue with error handling.