chokidar VS fs-extra

Compare chokidar vs fs-extra and see what are their differences.


Minimal and efficient cross-platform file watching library (by paulmillr)


Node.js: extra methods for the fs object like copy(), remove(), mkdirs() (by jprichardson)
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chokidar fs-extra
23 16
10,584 9,355
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4.7 5.6
17 days ago 2 months ago
JavaScript JavaScript
MIT License MIT License
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Posts with mentions or reviews of chokidar. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2024-04-18.
  • The best testing setup for frontends, with Playwright and NextJS
    5 projects | | 18 Apr 2024
    For this, we'll use chokidar - more specifically the chokidar-cli package. chokidar is probably the most useful file watching library for the nodejs ecosystem and it will serve us well.
  • Why Does 'Is-Number' Package Have 59M Weekly Downloads?
    2 projects | | 4 Mar 2024
    tailwindcss -> chokidar -> braces -> fill-range -> to-regex-range -> is-number

    is-number was first published 9 years ago, when these kind of micro-packages were in vogue. braces was added as a dependency to chokidar over 6 years ago [1]. And if it ain't broke, don't fix it. I don't think the average JS dev today is going out and pulling in these deps.


  • How nodemon works?
    1 project | /r/node | 19 Aug 2023
    The watching magic is really in the library
  • Dart 3.1 and a retrospective on functional style programming in Dart
    7 projects | | 17 Aug 2023
    > It’s typical to listen to this stream of events and use chained if-else statements to determine an action based on the type of the events that occur.

    You'd think something like directory watching would have a clear set of events that would make nice objects with consistent meanings, but in my experience file watching gets crazy complicated, and can have all sorts of edge cases.

    Just take a looked here for all the various edge cases that crop up:

    Then you have linux, windows, macos, and maybe you want to abstract over some underlying implementation like chokidar vs fb/watchman vs webpack/watchpack. Every new OS release could also cause things to change.

    So usually its going to be a bunch of if-else statements hacked together to get around edge cases, and have to be revisited later on.

    Any attempt to abstract this into objects, just obfuscates things. And OO forces you to name things, when in fact they might be un-nameable. `FileSystemModifyEventExceptWhenXAndYAndSometimesZ`.

    The behavior might rely on a series of events together, so the object hierarchy must be re-worked.

    OO has this rosy idea that we just have to come up with the perfect hierarchy, but things change in unexpected ways, and everything must have a descriptive noun.

  • Is there anyway to auto reload the browser page when using express?
    2 projects | /r/learnjavascript | 13 Jun 2023
    Next, you can use a library like chokidar to listen for changes in your source directory. Create a ws server, and whenever a file changes, send a message.
  • How does nodemon works under the hood?
    4 projects | /r/node | 14 Mar 2023
    As another has mentioned, nodemon uses chokidar under the hood for the actual file watching part.
  • Turbowatch – Extremely fast alternative to Nodemon
    7 projects | /r/javascript | 13 Mar 2023
    At the end of the day, ironically, Nodemon does not even implement file watching functionality. It is a thin wrapper around chokidar (see source code), and the way it is being used is neither efficient (CPU and your battery usage) or performant. So it is not a false argument, just perhaps not the most appealing.
  • dúvida provavelmente idiota
    1 project | /r/brdev | 23 Jan 2023
  • How is React's Hot Module Reloading implemented (at a medium-high level of detail)?
    3 projects | /r/reactjs | 15 Nov 2022
    for file watching, it might use something similar to
  • Setup TailwindCSS, postcss and esbuild on Rails 7
    12 projects | | 12 Oct 2022
    First, we need to install chokidar to enable watching and automatically refreshing our files.


Posts with mentions or reviews of fs-extra. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-06-08.
  • What are some of the best libraries you cannot work without?
    3 projects | /r/node | 8 Jun 2023
    I haven't seen fs-extra mentioned yet. For my work it involves a fair bit of reading/writing to the filesystem, so this makes it quite nice to deal with everything in an async way.
  • mkdirp module problem
    1 project | /r/node | 4 Apr 2023
    There are a number of these modules, being probably the most famous / popular. It does a better job of explaining the why.
  • Re-release fs-extra to properly support esm/cjs usage
    2 projects | | 24 Dec 2022
    Since updating nodejs@18 and switching to esm only, many libraries have been replaced to support esm import, but fs-extra has not been The use of esm is correctly supported, and no suitable replacement has been found. After the a PR proposed by us was rejected, I decided to re-release a [fs-extra-unified] that correctly supports the use of esm ( module.
  • Создаем React-компоненты иконок с помощью Figma API и SVGR. Часть 1.
    6 projects | | 16 Nov 2022
  • Is it just me or after updating Foundry sucks?
    1 project | /r/FoundryVTT | 12 Sep 2022
    Are you seriously suggesting the creators of the software can't write a "save elsewhere" function using Electron and JavaScript? The system has versioning so it would be easy to ask the user to create a backup on first loading with a new version of the software, and the copySync function to make a backup. Foundry uses Node.js already.
  • Node.js for GIS: from google locations to GeoJSON using Streams
    2 projects | | 16 Mar 2022
    We are dealing with a file that is far too large to be loaded into memory at once. Node cannot buffer the file for us because of the size of it.
  • Implement cool features for my static site generator
    3 projects | | 29 Oct 2021
    Implementing those 3 features was quite simple. For metadata and markdown file, I mainly used an external library: showdown to convert from markdown files to html files as well as parsing metadata from markdown files. However, implementing the support for static assets such as images is a bit more interesting. I had to use another external library called fs-extra to copy assets folder from user to the dist folder. I also had to create another new class called CopyFolder where I used fs.copy method to copy assets folder
  • Writing JS-based Bash scripts with zx
    6 projects | | 12 Aug 2021
    The zx project implements a shell script executor similar to Bash but using JavaScript modules. It provides an inbuilt asynchronous JavaScript API to call other commands similar to Bash. Besides that, it provides wrapper functions for several Node.js-based command-line helpers such as chalk, minimist, fs-extra, OS, and Readline.
  • Why Storing Files in the Database Is Considered Bad Practice
    2 projects | | 22 Jun 2021
    Node.js has the built-in fs module (fs/promises with async/await) which makes it easy to interact with the file system. On top of that, there are a few convenient libraries such as fs-extra and findit that make common tasks straightforward.
  • Batch with Node.js
    1 project | | 27 Apr 2021
    For this purpose we'll use fs-extra since copy/paste seems like not supported by fs API.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing chokidar and fs-extra you can also consider the following projects:

Filehound - Flexible and fluent interface for searching the file system

graceful-fs - fs with incremental backoff on EMFILE - Monitor for any changes in your node.js application and automatically restart the server - perfect for development

rimraf - A `rm -rf` util for nodejs


fs-jetpack - Better file system API for Node.js

filenamify - Convert a string to a valid safe filename

mkdirp - Recursively mkdir, like `mkdir -p`, but in node.js

globby - User-friendly glob matching

write-json-file - Stringify and write JSON to a file atomically