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@ccnokes ccnokes/store.js
Created Sep 17, 2016

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Example "store" for user data in an Electron app
const electron = require('electron');
const path = require('path');
const fs = require('fs');
class Store {
constructor(opts) {
// Renderer process has to get `app` module via `remote`, whereas the main process can get it directly
// app.getPath('userData') will return a string of the user's app data directory path.
const userDataPath = ( ||'userData');
// We'll use the `configName` property to set the file name and path.join to bring it all together as a string
this.path = path.join(userDataPath, opts.configName + '.json'); = parseDataFile(this.path, opts.defaults);
// This will just return the property on the `data` object
get(key) {
// ...and this will set it
set(key, val) {[key] = val;
// Wait, I thought using the node.js' synchronous APIs was bad form?
// We're not writing a server so there's not nearly the same IO demand on the process
// Also if we used an async API and our app was quit before the asynchronous write had a chance to complete,
// we might lose that data. Note that in a real app, we would try/catch this.
fs.writeFileSync(this.path, JSON.stringify(;
function parseDataFile(filePath, defaults) {
// We'll try/catch it in case the file doesn't exist yet, which will be the case on the first application run.
// `fs.readFileSync` will return a JSON string which we then parse into a Javascript object
try {
return JSON.parse(fs.readFileSync(filePath));
} catch(error) {
// if there was some kind of error, return the passed in defaults instead.
return defaults;
// expose the class
module.exports = Store;
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