Bryan Cho Bryan Cho - 3 months ago 98
Node.js Question

Store an image in MongoDB using Node.js/Express and Mongoose

Currently I handle image uploads using angular-file-upload and I simply save the image to the server's file system and reference it in the HTML. However, I want to try and store the image directly in the database within the Schema I defined for my blog posts.

var blogSchema = new Schema({
title: String,
author: String,
body: String,
likes: { type: Number, default: 0 },
comments: [{ type: Schema.Types.ObjectId, ref: 'Comment' }],
date: { type: Date, default: },
imageURL: String // instead of this

image: // store it directly

"imageURL: String" stores the path to the image.

I want to make it so that I can just have a field that stores the image itself. I was thinking that I could perhaps just upload the image like I already do, but instead convert the image after it has been uploaded and store it in binary (or some other form) in Mongo. Is this possible?



This example below shows how to upload an image to MongoDB using mongoose. Click this link for the original source

var express = require('express');
var fs = require('fs');
var mongoose = require('mongoose');
var Schema = mongoose.Schema;

var imgPath = '/path/yourimage.png';

mongoose.connect('localhost', 'testing_storeImg');

var schema = new Schema({
    img: { data: Buffer, contentType: String }

var A = mongoose.model('A', schema);

mongoose.connection.on('open', function () {
  console.error('mongo is open');

  A.remove(function (err) {
    if (err) throw err;

    console.error('removed old docs');

    // store an img in binary in mongo
    var a = new A; = fs.readFileSync(imgPath);
    a.img.contentType = 'image/png'; (err, a) {
      if (err) throw err;

      console.error('saved img to mongo');

      // start a demo server
      var server = express.createServer();
      server.get('/', function (req, res, next) {
        A.findById(a, function (err, doc) {
          if (err) return next(err);

      server.on('close', function () {
        console.error('dropping db');
        mongoose.connection.db.dropDatabase(function () {
          console.error('closing db connection');

      server.listen(3333, function (err) {
        var address = server.address();
        console.error('server listening on http://%s:%d', address.address, address.port);
        console.error('press CTRL+C to exit');

      process.on('SIGINT', function () {