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Global Objects

These objects are available in all modules. The following variables may appear to be global but are not. They exist only in the scope of modules, see the module system documentation:

The objects listed here are specific to Node.js. There are a number of built-in objects that are part of the JavaScript language itself, which are also globally accessible.

Class: Buffer

Used to handle binary data. See the buffer section.

__dirname

This variable may appear to be global but is not. See __dirname.

__filename

This variable may appear to be global but is not. See __filename.

clearImmediate(immediateObject)

clearImmediate is described in the timers section.

clearInterval(intervalObject)

clearInterval is described in the timers section.

clearTimeout(timeoutObject)

clearTimeout is described in the timers section.

console

Used to print to stdout and stderr. See the console section.

exports

This variable may appear to be global but is not. See exports.

global

In browsers, the top-level scope is the global scope. This means that within the browser var something will define a new global variable. In Node.js this is different. The top-level scope is not the global scope; var something inside a Node.js module will be local to that module.

module

This variable may appear to be global but is not. See module.

process

The process object. See the process object section.

require()

This variable may appear to be global but is not. See require().

setImmediate(callback[, ...args])

setImmediate is described in the timers section.

setInterval(callback, delay[, ...args])

setInterval is described in the timers section.

setTimeout(callback, delay[, ...args])

setTimeout is described in the timers section.

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https://nodejs.org/dist/latest-v8.x/docs/api/globals.html