Node.js os.homedir polyfill for older versions of node.js.

Usage no npm install needed!

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Node.js os.homedir polyfill for older versions of node.js.

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Install with npm:

$ npm install --save homedir-polyfill


var homedir = require('homedir-polyfill');
//=> /Users/doowb


This library is a polyfill for the node.js os.homedir method found in modern versions of node.js.

This implementation tries to follow the implementation found in libuv by finding the current user using the process.geteuid() method and the /etc/passwd file. This should usually work in a linux environment, but will also fallback to looking at user specific environment variables to build the user's home directory if neccessary.

Since /etc/passwd is not available on windows platforms, this implementation will use environment variables to find the home directory.

In modern versions of node.js, os.homedir is used.



Pull requests and stars are always welcome. For bugs and feature requests, please create an issue.

Please read the contributing guide for advice on opening issues, pull requests, and coding standards.

Running Tests

Running and reviewing unit tests is a great way to get familiarized with a library and its API. You can install dependencies and run tests with the following command:

$ npm install && npm test
Building docs

(This project's readme.md is generated by verb, please don't edit the readme directly. Any changes to the readme must be made in the .verb.md readme template.)

To generate the readme, run the following command:

$ npm install -g verbose/verb#dev verb-generate-readme && verb

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parse-passwd: Parse a passwd file into a list of users. | homepage


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