Charlie Fish Charlie Fish - 4 months ago 269
JSON Question

Express.js POST req.body empty

So I have the following code in my server.js file that I'm running with node.js. I'm using express to handle HTTP requests.

app.post('/api/destinations', function (req, res) {
var new_destination = req.body;
console.log(req.body);
console.log(req.headers);
db.Destination.create(new_destination, function(err, destination){
if (err){
res.send("Error: "+err);
}
res.json(destination);
});
});


I'm running the following in Terminal:

curl -XPOST -H "Content-Type: application/json" -d '{"location": "New York","haveBeen": true,"rating": 4}' http://localhost:3000/api/destinations


After running that server.js prints out the following.

{}
{ host: 'localhost:3000',
'user-agent': 'curl/7.43.0',
accept: '*/*',
'content-type': 'application/json',
'content-length': '53' }


So req.body is
{}
. I read other Stack Overflow posts about similar issues where content-type was not correct because of body-parser. But that isn't the issue because content-type is application/json.

Any ideas how to get the actual body of the request?

Thanks in advance.

Answer

You need bodyParser.json as well:

app.use(bodyParser.urlencoded({ extended: true }));
app.use(bodyParser.json());
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