Learning Node #7: File Uploads

August 06, 2018

Upload photos of our stores

We are going to upload an image file, and we are going to resize that image file.

Update schema / Add the middleware to the route

Add a line to our store model, photo: String, because we are going to buffer the photo into text.

In our routes, we will alter the createStore and updateStore routes to include two new exports from storeController.

Out with the red and in with the green::

git diff

Add the middleware to the storeController

In storeController.js we must import some things:

  • Multer, for handling multipart/form-data.
  • jimp, for processing the image.
  • uuid, for generating (probably) unique names. It generates a 128-bit number, with a nice, long textual string representation.


How unique is a UUID? For the probability of finding a collision to be one in a billion, 103 trillion version 4 UUIDs must be generated!


Look at the multerOptions object we create:

const multerOptions = {
  storage: multer.memoryStorage(),
  fileFilter: function(req, file, next) {
    const isPhoto = file.mimetype.startsWith('image/')
    if (isPhoto) {
      next(null, true)
    } else {
      next({ message: "That filetype isn't allowed!" }, false)

So we use the destination/storage option, and the file filter option. We invoke multer like so:

exports.upload = multer(multerOptions).single('photo')


We used multer to handle the file upload. It gives us an easy to use req.file, and jimp promised us that it would return that picture we gave it. Jimp would never flake on us.

Also, look how easy that uuid API is. I love it!

exports.resize = async (req, res, next) => {
  // check if there is no new file to resize
  if (!req.file) {
    next() // skip to next middleware
  // verify mimetype, file name isn't trustworthy
  const extension = req.file.mimetype.split('/')[1]
  // unique file name, please
  req.body.photo = `${uuid.v4()}.${extension}`
  // now we resize
  const photo = await jimp.read(req.file.buffer)
  await photo.resize(800, jimp.AUTO)
  await photo.write(`./public/uploads/${req.body.photo}`)
  //once we have written the file to our filesystem, keep going!

The storeForm, much ado about ‘photo’

In our storeForm.pug we must give our form element an enctype="multipart/form-data" attribute.

We also add to the form a section for uploading the image:

//- Image Upload
label(for="photo") Photo
  input(type="file" name="photo" id="photo" accept="image/gif, image/png, image/jpeg")
  if store.photo
    img(src=`/uploads/${store.photo}`, alt=store.name width=200)

In #8: Review we do a quick recap of a process we have repeated several times: make a route, then use the controller to render a view.

John Moen

Written by John Moen, a web developer in Austin, Texas. github.com/Dissolutio