I can't upload files from html form on my node/express app


I’m just running a simple Node.js/Express application on a droplet and I can’t upload files to the designated folder from a html form on a page of the application.

I’m just running the application with ‘node app.js’ and it runs on port 3000. I could be wrong but I don’t think Apache is involved here, is that correct?

I’ve chmod 777’d the folder to where the files go but every time I try and upload a file the application hangs for a few seconds and then gets “Killed”.

The upload location is ‘app_root/public/uploads’

I am aware of the security issues here, I just want to do a little bit of live testing, I don’t plan to the have the application up for long.

Thanks for any help! Jonathan

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Accepted Answer

Ok, It’s actually Jimp that is cause the problem here. I was trying to resize the file before saving, and it’s failing somewhere here:

function savePhoto(photo, userId) {
    var timestamp = Math.round((new Date()).getTime() / 1000);
    var photoname = userId + - + timestamp + '.png';, function (err, photo) {
        if (err) throw err;
        photo.resize(400, jimp.AUTO)            
            .write("public/uploads/" + photoname);
    return photoname;

whereas if i use ‘express-fileupload’ to save the file, it works fine:

function savePhoto(photo, userId) {
    var timestamp = Math.round((new Date()).getTime() / 1000);
    var photoname = userId + - + timestamp + '.png';'public/uploads/' + photoname, function(err) {
        if (err) throw err;
    return photoname;

Thanks for any help!

i dont know about your issue but i can tell if if specify the full path in the like root/app/public_uploads then you can easy the access , and this is give multer or other module to access the directory .which is possible from the local host

Actually you may need to set up a reverse proxy like nginx which directs all the requests to your node app.

Check this link out.

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