xml-object-stream

Low-memory streaming xml parser for node.js. Returns each node as an object. Uses node-expat

npm install xml-object-stream
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xml-object-stream

Streaming parsers are hard to work with, but sometimes you need to parse a really big file. This module gives you the best of both worlds. You give it a specific node to look for, and it will return each of those nodes as an object, one at a time, without loading the whole document into memory at once.

Uses node-expat for fast(est) xml processing.

Installation

npm install xml-object-stream

Parsing a ReadStream

Let's say we have a file, hugePersonDirectory.xml, that looks something like this:

<root>
  <people>
    <person>...</person>
    <person>...</person>
    <person>...</person>
    <person>...</person>
    <person>...</person>
  </people>
<root>

You want to do something with each person object, but you can't load them all into memory at once.

xml = require 'xml-object.stream'
fs = require 'fs'

readStream = fs.createReadStream 'hugePersonDirectory.xml'
parser = xml.parse readStream

parser.each 'person', (person) ->
  # do something with the person!

The parser emits some streaming events

parser.on 'end', ->
parser.on 'error', (err) ->
parser.on 'close', ->

You can pause and resume it if the xml parser gets too far ahead of your processing

parser.pause()

# then when you catch back up
parser.resume()

Since the parser takes any read stream, you can use it to parse urls without saving them to disk.

Node Object Format

Nodes are converted to objects. For the following xml:

<person id="asdf123">
  <firstName>Bob</firstName>
  <lastName>Wilson</lastName>
  <employee id="asdf123"/>
  <note author="Joe">Bob is a poor worker</note>
  <note author="Jim">Bob spends all his time parsing xml</note>
</person>

You can access attributes with the $ property

person.$.id == "asdf123"

You can access the last child of a given name by its name. Text is accessed with $text

person.firstName.$text == "Bob"

Node names are available under the $name property

person.$name == "person"

Every child node is put into the $children array

notes = person.$children.filter (child) ->
  return (child.$name is "note")

notes[0].$.author == "Joe"

API Reference

exports.parse = (nodeReadStream, [options]) ->
  # returns a Parser

class Parser

  # calls cb each time it finds a node with that name
  each: (nodeName, cb) ->

  # bind to 'end', 'error', and 'close'
  on: (eventName, cb) ->

  # pause or resume the read stream to let you processor catch up
  pause: ->
  resume: ->

Options

{
  # removes all namespace information from the node names
  stripNamespaces: false
}
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