how to upload image and file in node js

When a file is successfully uploaded to the server, it is placed on a temporary folder.

The path to this directory can be found in the “files” object, passed as the third argument in the parse() method’s callback function.

To move the file to the folder of your choice, use the File System module, and rename the file:

Parse an incoming file upload.

var formidable = require('formidable'),

    http = require('http'),

    util = require('util');


http.createServer(function(req, res) {

  if (req.url == '/upload' && req.method.toLowerCase() == 'post') {

    // parse a file upload

    var form = new formidable.IncomingForm();


    form.parse(req, function(err, fields, files) {

      res.writeHead(200, {'content-type': 'text/plain'});

      res.write('received upload:\n\n');

      res.end(util.inspect({fields: fields, files: files}));






  // show a file upload form

  res.writeHead(200, {'content-type': 'text/html'});


    '<form action="/upload" enctype="multipart/form-data" method="post">'+

    '<input type="text" name="title"><br>'+

    '<input type="file" name="upload" multiple="multiple"><br>'+

    '<input type="submit" value="Upload">'+





A Node.js module for parsing form data, especially file uploads.

Current status

Maintainers Wanted: Please see

This module was developed for Transloadit, a service focused on uploading and encoding images and videos. It has been battle-tested against hundreds of GB of file uploads from a large variety of clients and is considered production-ready.


Fast (~500mb/sec), non-buffering multipart parser
Automatically writing file uploads to disk
Low memory footprint
Graceful error handling
Very high test coverage


npm i -S formidable

This is a low-level package, and if you’re using a high-level framework it may already be included. However, Express v4 does not include any multipart handling, nor does body-parser.

Note: Formidable requires gently to run the unit tests, but you won’t need it for just using the library.



var form = new formidable.IncomingForm()

Creates a new incoming form.

form.encoding = 'utf-8';

Sets encoding for incoming form fields.

form.uploadDir = "/my/dir";

Sets the directory for placing file uploads in. You can move them later on using fs.rename(). The default is os.tmpdir().

form.keepExtensions = false;

If you want the files written to form.uploadDir to include the extensions of the original files, set this property to true.


Either ‘multipart’ or ‘urlencoded’ depending on the incoming request.

form.maxFieldsSize = 20 * 1024 * 1024;

Limits the amount of memory all fields together (except files) can allocate in bytes. If this value is exceeded, an 'error'event is emitted. The default size is 20MB.

form.maxFileSize = 200 * 1024 * 1024;

Limits the size of uploaded file. If this value is exceeded, an 'error' event is emitted. The default size is 200MB.

form.maxFields = 1000;

Limits the number of fields that the querystring parser will decode. Defaults to 1000 (0 for unlimited).

form.hash = false;

If you want checksums calculated for incoming files, set this to either 'sha1' or 'md5'.

form.multiples = false;

If this option is enabled, when you call form.parse, the files argument will contain arrays of files for inputs which submit multiple files using the HTML5 multiple attribute.


The amount of bytes received for this form so far.


The expected number of bytes in this form.

form.parse(request, [cb]);

Parses an incoming node.js request containing form data. If cb is provided, all fields and files are collected and passed to the callback:

form.parse(req, function(err, fields, files) {
  // ...


You may overwrite this method if you are interested in directly accessing the multipart stream. Doing so will disable any 'field' / 'file' events processing which would occur otherwise, making you fully responsible for handling the processing.

form.onPart = function(part) {
  part.addListener('data', function() {
    // ...

If you want to use formidable to only handle certain parts for you, you can do so:

form.onPart = function(part) {
  if (!part.filename) {
    // let formidable handle all non-file parts

Check the code in this method for further inspiration.


file.size = 0

The size of the uploaded file in bytes. If the file is still being uploaded (see 'fileBegin' event), this property says how many bytes of the file have been written to disk yet.

file.path = null

The path this file is being written to. You can modify this in the 'fileBegin' event in case you are unhappy with the way formidable generates a temporary path for your files. = null

The name this file had according to the uploading client.

file.type = null

The mime type of this file, according to the uploading client.

file.lastModifiedDate = null

A date object (or null) containing the time this file was last written to. Mostly here for compatibility with the W3C File API Draft.

file.hash = null

If hash calculation was set, you can read the hex digest out of this var.


This method returns a JSON-representation of the file, allowing you to JSON.stringify() the file which is useful for logging and responding to requests.



Emitted after each incoming chunk of data that has been parsed. Can be used to roll your own progress bar.

form.on('progress', function(bytesReceived, bytesExpected) {


Emitted whenever a field / value pair has been received.

form.on('field', function(name, value) {


Emitted whenever a new file is detected in the upload stream. Use this event if you want to stream the file to somewhere else while buffering the upload on the file system.

form.on('fileBegin', function(name, file) {


Emitted whenever a field / file pair has been received. file is an instance of File.

form.on('file', function(name, file) {


Emitted when there is an error processing the incoming form. A request that experiences an error is automatically paused, you will have to manually call request.resume() if you want the request to continue firing 'data' events.

form.on('error', function(err) {


Emitted when the request was aborted by the user. Right now this can be due to a ‘timeout’ or ‘close’ event on the socket. After this event is emitted, an error event will follow. In the future there will be a separate ‘timeout’ event (needs a change in the node core).

form.on('aborted', function() {
form.on('end', function() {

Emitted when the entire request has been received, and all contained files have finished flushing to disk. This is a great place for you to send your response.

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