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  • Last Updated : 05 Dec, 2022
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Buffers are instances of the Buffer class in Node.js. Buffers are designed to handle binary raw data. Buffers allocate raw memory outside the V8 heap. Buffer class is a global class so it can be used without importing the Buffer module in an application.

Example:

Javascript




<script>
    // Node.js program to demonstrate the
    // Buffer.allocUnsafeSlow() Method
          
    // Creating a buffer
    const buffer = Buffer.allocUnsafe(10);
          
    // Display the buffer containing random values
    console.log("allocUnsafeSlow() Method");
    console.log(buffer);
</script>


Output:

allocUnsafeSlow() Method
<Buffer 01 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 8b ed>

The Complete List of Node.js Buffer module methods are listed below:

Node.js Buffer

Description

Node.js Buffer.copy() Method Buffer is a temporary memory storage which stores the data when it is being moved from one place to another.
Node.js Buffer.includes() Method The Buffer.includes() method checks whether the provided value is present or included in the buffer or not.
Nodejs Buffer.compare() Method Buffer.compare() method compares the two given buffers.
Node.js Buffer.alloc() Method The Buffer.alloc() method is used to create a new buffer object of the specified size. 
Node.js Buffer.equals() Method The Buffer.equals() method is used to compare two buffer objects and returns
Node.js Buffer.subarray() Method The buffer.subarray() method is an inbuilt application programming interface of the buffer module which is used to crop a part of array
Node.js Buffer.readIntBE() Method The Buffer.readIntBE() method is used to read the number of bytes for a buffer at a given offset and interprets the result as a two’s complement signed value.
Node.js Buffer.write() Method The Buffer.write() method writes the specified string into a buffer, at the specified position.
Node.js Buffer.readIntLE() Method The Buffer.readIntLE() method is used to read a number of bytes from a buffer at a given offset and interprets the result as a two’s complement signed value.
Node.js Buffer.readUInt8() Method The Buffer.readUInt8() method is used to read an unsigned 8-bit integer from a Buffer object.
Node.js Buffer.indexOf() Method Buffer is a temporary memory storage that stores the data when it is being moved from one place to another.
Node.js Buffer.allocUnsafeSlow() Method Buffer is a temporary memory storage that stores the data when it is being moved from one place to another. It’s like the array of integers
Node.js Buffer.writeUInt32BE() Method The Buffer.writeUInt32BE() method is used to write a number to an instance of the Buffer class.
Node.js Buffer.readInt32LE() Method This is used to read a 32-bit integer from a buffer object at a given offset and returns the result in Little endian.
Node.js Buffer.readFloatLE() Method This is used to read a 32-bit float number from the Buffer class with a specified endian format.
Node.js Buffer.writeIntLE() Method Buffer is a temporary memory storage that stores the data when it is being moved from one place to another.
Node.js Buffer.isEncoding() Method The Buffer.isEncoding() method checks whether the given encoding is supported or not.
Node.js Buffer.swap32() Method This is an inbuilt application programming interface of class Buffer within the Buffer module which is used to swap the buffer byte order in-place.
Node.js Buffer.readUInt16BE() Method This is an inbuilt application programming interface of class Buffer within the Buffer module which is used to read a 16-bit value from an allocated buffer at a specified offset.
Node.js Buffer.writeUInt16LE() Method This is used to write specified bytes in Little Endian format to the buffer object. Here, the value should be a valid unsigned 16-bit integer.
Node.js Buffer.readUInt16LE() Method This is used to read an unsigned 16-bit integer from the buffer at the specified offset with a specified little-endian format.
Node.js Buffer.writeFloatBE() Method This is used to write big endian 32 bits floating point value to an allocated buffer at the specified offset
Node.js Buffer.writeUIntLE() Method This is used to write the specified bytes, using little endian, to a Buffer object. It supports up to 48 bits of accuracy.
Node.js Buffer.writeUInt16BE() Method The Buffer.writeUInt16BE() method is used to write specified bytes using Big endian format to the buffer object
Node.js Buffer.readUInt32BE() Method This is used to read a 32-bit value from an allocated buffer at a specified offset.
Node.js Buffer.writeFloatLE() Method The value to the buffer at the specified offset with the specified little-endian format. 
Node.js Buffer.readInt16LE() Method This is used to read 16-bit values from an allocated buffer at a specified offset in Little Endian format.
Node.js Buffer.toString() Method The Buffer.toString() method is used to decode buffer data to string according to the specified encoding type. 
Node.js Buffer.writeUInt8() Method This is used to write values to buffer at the specified offset.
Node.js Buffer.values() Method The Buffer.values() Method is used to create a loop or iterating object which contains the value of each byte of buffer instance.
Node.js Buffer.from() Method The Buffer.from() method is used to create a new buffer containing the specified string, array or buffer.
Node.js Buffer.writeUIntBE() Method Buffer.writeUIntBE() method is used to write the specified bytes using big endian format to a Buffer object.
Node.js Buffer.readInt8() Method The Buffer.readUInt8() method is used to read an unsigned 8-bit integer from a Buffer from a with the specific offset.
Node.js Buffer.concat() Method The Buffer.concat() method is used to concat all buffer objects in a given array into one buffer object.
Node.js Buffer.fill() Method The Buffer.fill() Method puts the data into the buffer instance.
Node.js Buffer.readUIntBE() Method This is used to read specified number of byte(s) value from an allocated buffer at a specified offset.
Node.js Buffer.swap16() Method This is used to swap the buffer byte order in-place. The swapping is performed by interpreting buffer as an array of 16-bit numbers.
Node.js Buffer.writeDoubleBE() Method This is used to writes big endian 64-bits double value to an allocated buffer at the specified offset.
Node.js Buffer.writeUInt32LE() Method This  is used to write specified bytes using Little endian format to the buffer object.
Node.js Buffer.isBuffer() Method The Buffer.isBuffer() method checks whether the provided object is a buffer or not.
Node.js Buffer.keys() Method The Buffer.keys() method is used to return an iterator object, containing the key of every byte in a buffer object.
Node.js Buffer.writeInt32LE() Method The Buffer.writeInt32LE() method is used to write specified bytes into the buffer using little-endian format
Node.js Buffer.readUInt32LE() Method This  is used to read 32-bit value from an allocated buffer at a specified offset in little endian format.
Node.js Buffer.writeIntBE() Method It supports upto 48 bits of accuracy. If the value is other then signed integer then its behavior is undefined.
Node.js Buffer.swap64() Method The Buffer.swap64() method is an inbuilt application programming interface of class Buffer
Node.js Buffer.writeInt16BE() Method This is used to write integer value to buffer at the specified offset with the big-endian format.
Node.js Buffer.readInt16BE() Method Buffer module which reads a 16-bit signed integer from the buffer at the specified offset in the big endian format.
Node.js Buffer.entries() Method The Buffer.entries() method is used to create and return the iterator of [index, byte] pairs from the contents of the buffer.
Node.js Buffer.readDoubleBE() Method The Buffer.readDoubleBE() Method in Node.js is used to read a 64-bit double from the buffer at the given offset with the Big Endian format.
Node.js Buffer.writeDoubleLE() Method Buffer module that writes a value to the buffer at the specified offset with the specified endian format.
Node.js Buffer.writeInt16LE() Method This is used to write a valid signed 16-bit integer to buffer at the specified offset with specified little endian format.
Node.js Buffer.poolSize Property The Buffer.poolSize property is an inbuilt application programming interface of class Buffer
Node.js Buffer.readDoubleLE() Method This  is used to read a 64-bit double from the buffer at the given offset with Little Endian format.
Node.js Buffer.byteLength() Method This is used to return the length in bytes of the specified buffer object.
Node.js Buffer.readFloatBE() Method This  is used to read big endian 32 bits floating-point value to an allocated buffer at the specified offset.
Node.js Buffer.writeInt32BE() Method  This is used to write integer value to buffer at the specified offset with the big-endian format, integer value should be a valid signed 32-bit integer. 
Node.js Buffer.writeInt8() Method This  is used to writes value to an allocated buffer at the specified offset.
Node.js Buffer.readUIntLE() Method This is used to read specified number of byte(s) value from an allocated buffer at a specified offset.
Node.js Buffer.toJSON() Method The Buffer.toJSON() method returns the buffer in JSON format.
Node.js Buffer.lastIndexOf() Method The Buffer.lastIndexOf() Method checks for a given value in the buffer and return its index where it is present.
Node.js Buffer.byteOffset Property The Buffer.byteOffset property is an inbuilt application programming interface of class Buffer
Node.js Buffer.kMaxLength Property The Buffer.kMaxLength property is an inbuilt application programming interface of class Buffer
Node.js Buffer.buffer Property This is used to get the object of array buffer equivalent to this buffer object.
Node.js Buffer.length Property This  is used to get the length of this buffer object.
Node.js Buffer.writeBigInt64BE() Method This  is used to writes big endian 64-bits Big integer value to an allocated buffer at the specified offset.
Node.js Buffer.readBigInt64BE() Method This is used to read 64-bit Big integer from a buffer object at a given offset and returns the result in Big endian.
Node.js Buffer.readBigUInt64LE() Method This  is used to read unsigned 64 bit integer from a buffer object at a given offset and returns the result in Little endian.
Node.js Buffer.writeBigUInt64LE() Method  This is used to writes little endian 64-bits Big integer value to an allocated buffer at the specified offset.
Node.js Buffer.writeBigInt64LE() Method  This is used to writes little endian 64-bits Big integer value to an allocated buffer at the specified offset.
Node.js Buffer.readBigInt64LE() Method This  is used to read 64 bit Big integer from a buffer object at a given offset and returns the result in Little endian.
Node.js Buffer.writeBigUInt64BE() Method This is used to writes big endian 64-bits Big integer value to an allocated buffer at the specified offset.
Node.js Buffer.readBigUInt64BE() Method This is used to read unsigned 64 bit integer from a buffer object at a given offset and returns the result in Big endian .

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