Stream API

The main module exported by this package implements the native Node.js transform stream. Transform streams implement both the Readable and Writable interfaces.

This is the recommended approach if you need a maximum of power. It ensures scalability by treating your data as a stream from the source to the destination.

The signature is const stream = parse([options]).

Both a readable and writable stream

In the stream example, CSV data is sent through the write function and the resulting data is obtained within the readable event by calling the read function.

const parse = require('csv-parse')
const assert = require('assert')
const output = []
// Create the parser
const parser = parse({
  delimiter: ':'
// Use the readable stream api
parser.on('readable', function(){
  let record
  while (record = {
// Catch any error
parser.on('error', function(err){
// When we are done, test that the parsed output matched what expected
parser.on('end', function(){
      [ 'root','x','0','0','root','/root','/bin/bash' ],
      [ 'someone','x','1022','1022','','/home/someone','/bin/bash' ]
// Write data to the stream
// Close the readable stream

Using the pipe function

The stream API is extensive and connecting multiple streams together is a complex task for newcomers. Part of the stream API, the pipe function does just that. The [pipe recipe][/recipies/pipe/] explains its usage and provides an example.