Jan Leo Jan Leo - 4 months ago 48
Node.js Question

Node.js encrypts large file using AES

I try to use following code to encrypt a file of 1 GB. But Node.js abort with "FATAL ERROR: JS Allocation failed - process out of memory". How can I deal with it?

var fs = require('fs');
var crypto = require('crypto');
var key = "14189dc35ae35e75ff31d7502e245cd9bc7803838fbfd5c773cdcd79b8a28bbd";
var cipher = crypto.createCipher('aes-256-cbc', key);
var file_cipher = "";
var f = fs.ReadStream("test.txt");
f.on('data', function(d) {
file_cipher = file_cipher + cipher.update(d, 'utf8', 'hex');
f.on('end', function() {
file_cipher = file_cipher + cipher.final('hex');


You could write the encrypted file back to disk instead of buffering the entire thing in memory:

var fs = require('fs'),
    crypto = require('crypto');

var key = '14189dc35ae35e75ff31d7502e245cd9bc7803838fbfd5c773cdcd79b8a28bbd',
    cipher = crypto.createCipher('aes-256-cbc', key),
    input = fs.createReadStream('test.txt'),
    output = fs.createWriteStream('test.txt.enc');


output.on('finish', function() {
  console.log('Encrypted file written to disk!');