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How to find record by Id from local/custom database in Node.js ?

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  • Last Updated : 14 Jul, 2020
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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 fetch records from it using id. 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
  • Create a POST route to request for particular user database using id.
  • 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 local database.
  • Create a method in repository file to fetch a record from database using id.

Example 1: This example illustrates how to fetch a record from a local custom database using an id.
Filename: index.js

const express = require('express')
const repo = require('./repository')
const {userInfo} = require('./fetchUser')
const app = express()
const port = process.env.PORT || 3000
app.get('/', (req, res) => {
    <form method='POST'>
      <button>Fetch User Information</button>
// Route to fetch particular user 
// information using id'/', async (req, res) => {
  // Find user from (id:3f2006d22864b8af)
  const user = 
    await repo.findById('3f2006d22864b8af')
// Server set to run
app.listen(port, () => {
  console.log(`Server start on port ${port}`)

Filename: fetchUser.js: This js file has a method to display fetched user information to webpage.

module.exports = {
  // Function to displays user information
  userInfo(user) {
    return `
        <p><strong>ID : </strong>${}<p>
        <p><strong>Email : </strong>${}<p>
        <p><strong>Name : </strong>${}<p>
        <p><strong>Password : </strong>${user.password}<p>

Filename: repository.js This file contains all the logic to find a record using an id.

// Importing node.js file system module 
const fs = require('fs')
class Repository {
  constructor(filename) {
    // Filename where data 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, '[]')
  async findById(id){
    // Read all filecontents of the datastore
    const jsonRecords = await 
        fs.promises.readFile(this.filename, {
      encoding : 'utf8'
    // Parsing JSON records in JavaScript
    // object type records
    const objRecord = JSON.parse(jsonRecords)
    // Search for required record
    const requiredRecord = 
      objRecord.find(record => === id)
    return requiredRecord
// 'datastore.json' file created at runtime
// if it does not exist. Here we try to fetch
// information from database using an id that
// means database(datastore.json) already exist
// and there are also records in it.
module.exports = new Repository('datastore.json')

Package.json file:



After Clicking the button:

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. But here we try to fetch information from the database using an id that means program suppose to have already run once and some records are added into the database that we try to fetch.

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