Fileupload feature is not working with Nginx and Nodejs combination in Ubntu droplet

November 22, 2017 1.7k views
Nginx Node.js Ubuntu 16.04

Fileupload feature works on my NodeJs application running locally on my machine. But when i upload the app on Ubuntu droplet with Nginx, everything works but the fileupload. I have to say, i am very new to Nginx and may be i am missing something very simple. Here is the content of my /etc/nginx/sites-available/default file

   # HTTP — redirect all traffic to HTTPS
   server {
       listen 80;
       listen [::]:80 default_server ipv6only=on;
       return 301 https://$host$request_uri;

   # HTTPS — proxy all requests to the Node app
   server {
       # Enable HTTP/2
       listen 443 ssl http2;
       listen [::]:443 ssl http2;

    location / {
        proxy_set_header X-Real-IP $remote_addr;
        proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-For $proxy_add_x_forwarded_for;
        proxy_set_header X-NginX-Proxy true;
        proxy_pass http://localhost:5000/;
        proxy_ssl_session_reuse off;
        proxy_set_header Host $http_host;
        proxy_cache_bypass $http_upgrade;
        proxy_redirect off;
edited by asb
1 Answer

Hey. I had the same situation. What worked for me was to add client_max_body_size 100M; to the server block. So nginx doesnt block the file upload. Idea taken from here:

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