env-paths

Get paths for storing things like data, config, cache, etc

Usage no npm install needed!

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README

env-paths

Get paths for storing things like data, config, cache, etc

Uses the correct OS-specific paths. Most developers get this wrong.

Install

$ npm install env-paths

Usage

const envPaths = require('env-paths');

const paths = envPaths('MyApp');

paths.data;
//=> '/home/sindresorhus/.local/share/MyApp-nodejs'

paths.config
//=> '/home/sindresorhus/.config/MyApp-nodejs'

API

paths = envPaths(name, options?)

Note: It only generates the path strings. It doesn't create the directories for you. You could use make-dir to create the directories.

name

Type: string

Name of your project. Used to generate the paths.

options

Type: object

suffix

Type: string
Default: 'nodejs'

Don't use this option unless you really have to!
Suffix appended to the project name to avoid name conflicts with native apps. Pass an empty string to disable it.

paths.data

Directory for data files.

Example locations (with the default nodejs suffix):

  • macOS: ~/Library/Application Support/MyApp-nodejs
  • Windows: %LOCALAPPDATA%\MyApp-nodejs\Data (for example, C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\MyApp-nodejs\Data)
  • Linux: ~/.local/share/MyApp-nodejs (or $XDG_DATA_HOME/MyApp-nodejs)

paths.config

Directory for config files.

Example locations (with the default nodejs suffix):

  • macOS: ~/Library/Preferences/MyApp-nodejs
  • Windows: %APPDATA%\MyApp-nodejs\Config (for example, C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\MyApp-nodejs\Config)
  • Linux: ~/.config/MyApp-nodejs (or $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/MyApp-nodejs)

paths.cache

Directory for non-essential data files.

Example locations (with the default nodejs suffix):

  • macOS: ~/Library/Caches/MyApp-nodejs
  • Windows: %LOCALAPPDATA%\MyApp-nodejs\Cache (for example, C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\MyApp-nodejs\Cache)
  • Linux: ~/.cache/MyApp-nodejs (or $XDG_CACHE_HOME/MyApp-nodejs)

paths.log

Directory for log files.

Example locations (with the default nodejs suffix):

  • macOS: ~/Library/Logs/MyApp-nodejs
  • Windows: %LOCALAPPDATA%\MyApp-nodejs\Log (for example, C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\MyApp-nodejs\Log)
  • Linux: ~/.local/state/MyApp-nodejs (or $XDG_STATE_HOME/MyApp-nodejs)

paths.temp

Directory for temporary files.

Example locations (with the default nodejs suffix):

  • macOS: /var/folders/jf/f2twvvvs5jl_m49tf034ffpw0000gn/T/MyApp-nodejs
  • Windows: %LOCALAPPDATA%\Temp\MyApp-nodejs (for example, C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\Temp\MyApp-nodejs)
  • Linux: /tmp/USERNAME/MyApp-nodejs

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