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.NODE File Extension

File TypeNode.js Binary Addon File

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What is a NODE file?

A NODE file contains an addon, which is a compiled library of functions used by one or more Node.js applications. It stores binary data compiled from a GYP file written in the C++ programming language. NODE files are similar to .MJS modules in that they allow web and application developers to organize code into smaller reusable components.

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Web and app developers utilize NODE files to create addons for Node.js applications. These addons allow Node.js applications to link to libraries that provide functionality. A reusable addon project typically consists of a package.json file, a binding.gyp file, and C++ source code, whereas non-reusable modules don't need the package.json file.

To create NODE files, the developers first install the "node-gyp" utility bundled with Node.js using the following command:

npm install -g node-gyp

Then, the developers create binding.gyp files that describe the build configuration of the Node.js module. They then use the node-gyp configure command to create the proper build files and utilize the node-gyp build command to create the addon.node file.

NOTE: To load an addon as a Node.js module, use the require() function.

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Updated 6/15/2020

About NODE Files

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