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node-get

node-get is a slightly higher-level HTTP client for nodejs.

Installation

npm install node-get

node-get has no dependencies.

Features

  • Redirect following.
  • Convenience functions for downloading and getting data as string.
  • Binary-extension and basic binary detection.

API

Downloads are objects in node-get.

var dl = new get({ uri: 'http://google.com/' });

The get constructor can also take a plain string if you don't want to give options.

var dl = new get('http://google.com/');

It can also take other options.

var dl = new get({
    uri: 'http://google.com/',
    max_redirs: 20,
});

Then it exposes two big methods

dl.asString(function(err, str) {
    console.log(str);
});

and

dl.toDisk('myfile.txt', function(err) {
    console.log(err);
});

There's also a lower-level API.

dl.perform(function(err, response, encoding) {
    // response is just a response object, just like
    // HTTP request, except handling redirects
});

Example

var get = require('node-get');

var download = new get('http://google.com/');
download.asString(console.log);

Binary

node-get includes a binary, node-get-file.js, which downloads files either to the filesystem or to stdout.

Changelog

0.0.2

  • Enhanced URL validation.

0.0.3

  • Handling of DNS-level exceptions.

TODO:

  • Retries
  • Tested HTTPS
  • Guessing encoding wth headers
  • User-customizable encodings
  • Configurable headers

Authors

  • Tom MacWright (tmcw)
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