h. Oo h. Oo - 1 year ago 77
Node.js Question

node js how parser libs work

I just cant understand how parser libraries like

or even
work. from what data in the post request they create the request.body. if i upload a file using html form

<form method="post" action="/upload" enctype="multipart/form-data">
<input type="file" name="file"/>
<input type="submit" value="upload">

and I just post the request as is, I couldn't find any part of the the file that was uploaded (like file name or size...). But when i use
it just appear in the
, how?

Answer Source

The body of the request, containing the data from the form (or ajax request, etc.), has to be read explicitly. It's accessible by using the request, an IncomingMessage, as a Readable stream.

For example, a basic take on bodyParser.urlencoded() could be the following, retrieving the body from the request in "flowing mode" by using the 'data' and 'end' events:

var querystring = require('querystring');

app.use(function (request, response, next) {
    // skip middleware if not relevant to the current request
    if ('application/x-www-form-urlencoded' !== request.headers['content-type'])
        return next();

    var chunks = [];

    // The 'data' event can occur multiple times
    // each given only part of the message.
    // So, just collect the parts at this point.
    request.on('data', function (chunk) {

    // The 'end' event occurs once after all 'data' chunks have arrived.
    // Now, it's ready to parse.
    request.on('end', function () {
        try {
            // combine all of the 'data' chunks together
            var bodyContent = Buffer.concat(chunks);

            // parse and modify the `request` so the data is accessible later
            request.body = querystring.parse(bodyContent);

            next(); // success
        } catch (error) {

    request.on('error', function (error) {
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