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How to add records in your own local/custom database in Node.js ?

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  • Last Updated : 08 Apr, 2022
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The custom database signifies the local database in your file system. There are two types of database ‘SQL’ and ‘NoSQL’. In SQL database data are stored as table manner and in Nosql database data are stored independently with some particular way to identify each record independently. We can also create our own database or datastore locally in Nosql manner. There are some steps involve in creating the local database and add records to it. These steps are as follows:

  • Create package.json file in the root of the project directory. Command to create package.json file
npm init -y
  • Install express and body-parser package. Command to install packages
npm install express body-parser
  • Create a GET route to show the form (HTML form to submit the information to the database).
  • Create the subsequent post route to handle the form submission request.
  • Set the server to run on a specific port(Developer’s port – 3000)
  • Create a repository file and add all the logic related to creating database and storing data to it.

This example creates a local database named ‘datastore.json’ and stores the user’s information to it. Filename: index.js 


const express = require('express')
const bodyParser = require('body-parser')
const repo = require('./repository')
const app = express()
const port = process.env.PORT || 3000
// The body-parser middleware
// to parse form data
app.use(bodyParser.urlencoded({extended : true}))
// Get route to display HTML form
app.get('/signup', (req, res) => {
      <form method='POST'>
            <label id='email'>Username</label>
          <input type='text' name='email'
            <label id='password'>Password</label>
          <input type='password' name='password'
          <button>Sign Up</button>
// Post route to handle form submission
// logic and add data to the database'/signup', async (req, res) => {
  const {email, password} = req.body
  const addedRecord = await
    repo.createNewRecord({email, password})
  console.log(`Added Record :
    ${JSON.stringify(addedRecord, null, 4)}`)
  res.send("Information added to the"
         + " database successfully.")
// Server setup
app.listen(port, () => {
  console.log(`Server start on port ${port}`)

Filename: repository.js 


// Importing node.js file system module
const fs = require('fs')
class Repository {
  constructor(filename) {
    // Filename where datas are going to store
    if (!filename) {
      throw new Error(
'Filename is required to create a datastore!')
    this.filename = filename
    try {
    } catch (err) {
      // If file not exist
      // it is created with empty array
      fs.writeFileSync(this.filename, '[]')
  // Logic to add data
  async createNewRecord(attributes) {
    // Read filecontents of the datastore
    const jsonRecords = await
      encoding : 'utf8'
    // Parsing JSON records in JavaScript
    // object type records
    const objRecord = JSON.parse(jsonRecords)
    // Adding new record
    // Writing all records back to the file
    await fs.promises.writeFile(
      JSON.stringify(objRecord, null, 2)  
    return attributes;
// The 'datastore.json' file created at
// runtime and all the information
// provided via signup form store in
// this file in JSON format.
module.exports = new Repository('datastore.json')

Package.json file: Steps to run the program: Run the index.js file using the following command:

node index.js

Form to submit the responses: Note: Here three responses are submitted one after other and all the responses are stored in datastore.json file. Redirected page after submitting the request: Output: Database: Note: For the first time, running the program database(datastore.json) file not exist in the project directory, it created dynamically after running the program and store the submitted response. After that, all the submitted responses are appended in the database one by one.

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