Streaming from NodeMCU

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  • Dear all!
    Reading a file with require("Storage").read() but running out of mem with larger files, like serving a ~20kb html file. So I want to stream instead as suggested here. However, if the NodeMCU hasn't got E.openFile(), how then do you open a file for streaming such that I might use E.pipe()?
    Scratching my head over this one. Any help much appreaciated!

  • Thanks for your reply! While I can slice up the file into chunks and write a GET response using the node.js drain event as explained in the tutorial mentioned above, I was hoping someone could shed light on the whole matter. I'm curious as to why E.pipe() is available when E.openFile() is not! What's the use case here?

    Anyways, I post my WIP here, in case somebody's wondering. This goes into the routing callback function you'd supply to the createServer() method:

    var storage = require("Storage");
    var file ="xyz.html");
    res.writeHead(200, {'Content-Type': 'text/html'});
    // write response in packets
    var packet = 4096;
    var chunks = Math.ceil(file.length/packet);
    var n = 1;
    res.on('drain',function() {
         else if(n>=2 && n<=chunks){
  • I would not use ESP8266 for a web server, because it is slow.
    But if you want to I'd suggest to read my post 'HowTo: Webserver with HTML/JavaScript/CSS/Images on ESP8266 (4 MB)'. I've created a custom firmware that supports E.openFile and E.pipe.
    E.openFile is not available because the modules Filesystem (and FlashFS) are not in the standard firmware for ESP8266.

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Streaming from NodeMCU

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