稳定性: 2 - 稳定

在引入 TypedArray 之前,JavaScript 语言没有用于读取或操作二进制数据流的机制。 Buffer 类是作为 Node.js API 的一部分引入的,用于在 TCP 流、文件系统操作、以及其他上下文中与八位字节流进行交互。

现在可以使用 TypedArrayBuffer 类以更优化和更适合 Node.js 的方式实现了 Uint8Array API。

Buffer 类的实例类似于整数数组,但对应于 V8 堆外部的固定大小的原始内存分配。 Buffer 的大小在创建时确定,且无法更改。

Buffer 类在全局作用域中,因此无需使用 require('buffer').Buffer

// 创建一个长度为 10、且用零填充的 Buffer。
const buf1 = Buffer.alloc(10);

// 创建一个长度为 10、且用 0x1 填充的 Buffer。 
const buf2 = Buffer.alloc(10, 1);

// 创建一个长度为 10、且未初始化的 Buffer。
// 这个方法比调用 Buffer.alloc() 更快,
// 但返回的 Buffer 实例可能包含旧数据,
// 因此需要使用 fill() 或 write() 重写。
const buf3 = Buffer.allocUnsafe(10);

// 创建一个包含 [0x1, 0x2, 0x3] 的 Buffer。
const buf4 = Buffer.from([1, 2, 3]);

// 创建一个包含 UTF-8 字节 [0x74, 0xc3, 0xa9, 0x73, 0x74] 的 Buffer。
const buf5 = Buffer.from('tést');

// 创建一个包含 Latin-1 字节 [0x74, 0xe9, 0x73, 0x74] 的 Buffer。
const buf6 = Buffer.from('tést', 'latin1');

Stability: 2 - Stable

Prior to the introduction of TypedArray, the JavaScript language had no mechanism for reading or manipulating streams of binary data. The Buffer class was introduced as part of the Node.js API to enable interaction with octet streams in TCP streams, file system operations, and other contexts.

With TypedArray now available, the Buffer class implements the Uint8Array API in a manner that is more optimized and suitable for Node.js.

Instances of the Buffer class are similar to arrays of integers but correspond to fixed-sized, raw memory allocations outside the V8 heap. The size of the Buffer is established when it is created and cannot be changed.

The Buffer class is within the global scope, making it unlikely that one would need to ever use require('buffer').Buffer.

// Creates a zero-filled Buffer of length 10.
const buf1 = Buffer.alloc(10);

// Creates a Buffer of length 10, filled with 0x1.
const buf2 = Buffer.alloc(10, 1);

// Creates an uninitialized buffer of length 10.
// This is faster than calling Buffer.alloc() but the returned
// Buffer instance might contain old data that needs to be
// overwritten using either fill() or write().
const buf3 = Buffer.allocUnsafe(10);

// Creates a Buffer containing [0x1, 0x2, 0x3].
const buf4 = Buffer.from([1, 2, 3]);

// Creates a Buffer containing UTF-8 bytes [0x74, 0xc3, 0xa9, 0x73, 0x74].
const buf5 = Buffer.from('tést');

// Creates a Buffer containing Latin-1 bytes [0x74, 0xe9, 0x73, 0x74].
const buf6 = Buffer.from('tést', 'latin1');