Node.js built-in fs module provides the fs.appendFile() method to asynchronously append data to a file. The file is automatically created if it doesn't already exist.

Here is an example that shows how you can use this method to append data to a file:

const fs = require('fs');

// append data to a file
fs.appendFile('file.txt', 'Hey there!', (err) => {
    if (err) {
        throw err;
    console.log("File is updated.");

If you are appending text to a file that has a different encoding scheme than the default operating system encoding, you should pass the encoding scheme as the 3rd argument:

fs.appendFile('file.txt', 'Hey there!', 'utf8', (err) => { }

The fs module provides another method called fs.appendFileSync() to synchronously append text to a file. It blocks the Node.js event loop until the file append operation is finished. Here is an example:

const fs = require('fs');

// append data to a file
try {
    fs.appendFileSync('file.txt', "Hey there!");

    console.log("File is updated.");
} catch (error) {

Both fs.appendFile() and fs.appendFileSync() methods create a new file handle each time they are called. They are only good for a one-off append operation.

If you want to append repeatedly to the same file, for example writing in a log file, do not use these methods. Instead, you should use the fs.createWriteStream() method that creates a writable stream and reuses the file handle to append new data.

Here is an example:

const fs = require('fs');

// create a stream
const stream = fs.createWriteStream('file.txt', { flags: 'a' });

// append data to the file
[...Array(100)].forEach((num, index) => {

// end stream

Check out how to read and write files in Node.js tutorial to learn more about handling files in a Node.js application.

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