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List files and directories inside the specified directory


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List files and directories inside the specified directory.

:bulb: Highlights

The package is aimed at obtaining information about entries in the directory.

  • :moneybag: Returns useful information: name, path, dirent and stats (optional).
  • :gear: On Node.js 10.10+ uses the mechanism without additional calls to determine the entry type. See old and modern mode.
  • :link: Can safely work with broken symbolic links.


npm install @nodelib/fs.scandir


import * as fsScandir from '@nodelib/fs.scandir'; fsScandir.scandir('path', (error, stats) => { /* … */ });


.scandir(path, [optionsOrSettings], callback)

Returns an array of plain objects (Entry) with information about entry for provided path with standard callback-style.

fsScandir.scandir('path', (error, entries) => { /* … */ }); fsScandir.scandir('path', {}, (error, entries) => { /* … */ }); fsScandir.scandir('path', new fsScandir.Settings(), (error, entries) => { /* … */ });

.scandirSync(path, [optionsOrSettings])

Returns an array of plain objects (Entry) with information about entry for provided path.

const entries = fsScandir.scandirSync('path'); const entries = fsScandir.scandirSync('path', {}); const entries = fsScandir.scandirSync(('path', new fsScandir.Settings());
  • Required: true
  • Type: string | Buffer | URL

A path to a file. If a URL is provided, it must use the file: protocol.

  • Required: false
  • Type: Options | Settings
  • Default: An instance of Settings class

An Options object or an instance of Settings class.

:book: When you pass a plain object, an instance of the Settings class will be created automatically. If you plan to call the method frequently, use a pre-created instance of the Settings class.


A class of full settings of the package.

const settings = new fsScandir.Settings({ followSymbolicLinks: false }); const entries = fsScandir.scandirSync('path', settings);


  • name — The name of the entry (unknown.txt).
  • path — The path of the entry relative to call directory (root/unknown.txt).
  • dirent — An instance of fs.Dirent class. On Node.js below 10.10 will be emulated by DirentFromStats class.
  • stats (optional) — An instance of fs.Stats class.

For example, the scandir call for tools directory with one directory inside:

{ dirent: Dirent { name: 'typedoc', /* … */ }, name: 'typedoc', path: 'tools/typedoc' }



  • Type: boolean
  • Default: false

Adds an instance of fs.Stats class to the Entry.

:book: Always use fs.readdir without the withFileTypes option. ??TODO??

  • Type: boolean
  • Default: false

Follow symbolic links or not. Call fs.stat on symbolic link if true.

  • Type: boolean
  • Default: true

Throw an error when symbolic link is broken if true or safely use lstat call if false.


  • Type: string
  • Default: path.sep

By default, this package uses the correct path separator for your OS (\ on Windows, / on Unix-like systems). But you can set this option to any separator character(s) that you want to use instead.


By default, the built-in Node.js module (fs) is used to work with the file system. You can replace any method with your own.

interface FileSystemAdapter { lstat?: typeof fs.lstat; stat?: typeof fs.stat; lstatSync?: typeof fs.lstatSync; statSync?: typeof fs.statSync; readdir?: typeof fs.readdir; readdirSync?: typeof fs.readdirSync; } const settings = new fsScandir.Settings({ fs: { lstat: fakeLstat } });

old and modern mode

This package has two modes that are used depending on the environment and parameters of use.


  • Node.js below 10.10 or when the stats option is enabled

When working in the old mode, the directory is read first (fs.readdir), then the type of entries is determined (fs.lstat and/or fs.stat for symbolic links).


  • Node.js 10.10+ and the stats option is disabled

In the modern mode, reading the directory (fs.readdir with the withFileTypes option) is combined with obtaining information about its entries. An additional call for symbolic links (fs.stat) is still present.

This mode makes fewer calls to the file system. It's faster.


See the Releases section of our GitHub project for changelog for each release version.


This software is released under the terms of the MIT license.



What is @nodelib/fs.scandir?

List files and directories inside the specified directory

Is @nodelib/fs.scandir popular?

The npm package @nodelib/fs.scandir receives a total of 22,663,443 weekly downloads. As such, @nodelib/fs.scandir popularity was classified as popular.

Is @nodelib/fs.scandir well maintained?

We found that @nodelib/fs.scandir demonstrated a not healthy version release cadence and project activity because the last version was released a year ago.It has 1 open source maintainer collaborating on the project.

Last updated on 04 Jun 2021

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