Charlie Fish Charlie Fish - 3 months ago 108x
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.'/api/destinations', function (req, res) {
var new_destination = req.body;
db.Destination.create(new_destination, function(err, destination){
if (err){
res.send("Error: "+err);

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.


You need bodyParser.json as well:

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