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Upload and Store Images in MySQL using Node.Js, Express, Express-FileUpload & Express-Handlebars

By Raddy in NodeJs ·

Today we are going to explore the Express-FileUpload NPM package as we create a super simple user profile card and integrate our card with a MySQL database to retain the record.

This article has been updated. – Removed Connection Pool

If you are looking for a in depth explanation please watch the full video tutorial.

What you need:

To complete this project you will need a MySQL Database & Node installed. I usually use XAMPP for local development, but you can use whatever you wish as long as the database is MySQL of course.

Create a new project

To create a new Node.js project all you have to do is to create a new project folder β€œuser-management-system” and then run the Command line or PowerShell in the same directory. Once you do that to initialise a new project simply put the following command:

npm init

This will initialise a new project for you and it’s going to ask you a few questions about your project. The most important one is to give your package a name and then you can just keep pressing enter until the installation is over.

Project Structure

Let’s create the following folders and files, leaving node_modules, readme.md, package-lock and package-json as that should have been automatically generated by now.

You can structure your project the way you like. I am just going to keep it simple and add everything into our app.js file

πŸ“‚ node_modules
πŸ“‚ public
 πŸ“‚ css
  πŸ“œ main.css
  πŸ“œ main.scss
 πŸ“‚ img
  πŸ–Ό default.jpg
πŸ“‚ views
  πŸ“‚ layouts
   πŸ“œ main.hbs
 πŸ“œ index.hbs
πŸ“œ README.md
βš“ .env
🌍 app.js
πŸ“œ package-lock.json
πŸ“œ package-json

Let’s create our app.js file and each block of code will be explained with comments.

(I didn’t use the connection pool correctly. Update coming soon – code still works)

const express = require('express');
const exphbs = require('express-handlebars');
const fileUpload = require('express-fileupload');
const mysql = require('mysql');

const app = express();
const port = process.env.PORT || 5000;

// default option
app.use(fileUpload());

// Static Files
app.use(express.static('public'));
app.use(express.static('upload'));

// Templating engine
app.engine('hbs', exphbs({ extname: '.hbs' }));
app.set('view engine', 'hbs');

// Connection Pool
var connection = mysql.createConnection({
  host: 'localhost',
  user: 'root',
  password: 'password',
  database: 'userprofile'
});


app.get('', (req, res) => {
    connection.query('SELECT * FROM user WHERE id = "1"', (err, rows) => {
      if (!err) {
        res.render('index', { rows });
      }
    });
});


app.post('', (req, res) => {
  let sampleFile;
  let uploadPath;

  if (!req.files || Object.keys(req.files).length === 0) {
    return res.status(400).send('No files were uploaded.');
  }

  // name of the input is sampleFile
  sampleFile = req.files.sampleFile;
  uploadPath = __dirname + '/upload/' + sampleFile.name;

  console.log(sampleFile);

  // Use mv() to place file on the server
  sampleFile.mv(uploadPath, function (err) {
    if (err) return res.status(500).send(err);

      connection.query('UPDATE user SET profile_image = ? WHERE id ="1"', [sampleFile.name], (err, rows) => {
        if (!err) {
          res.redirect('/');
        } else {
          console.log(err);
        }
      });
    });
});

app.listen(port, () => console.log(`Listening on port ${port}`));

In our Views -> Layouts folder we need to create our Handlebars template. The {{{body}}} is where our index.hbs page will render:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
<head>
  <meta charset="UTF-8">
  <meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=edge">
  <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0">
  <title>Document</title>
  <link rel="stylesheet" href="/css/main.css">
</head>
<body>
  <div class="wrapper">
    {{{body}}}
  </div>
</body>
</html>

Now let’s create our index.hbs page, with our form and a loop to display the record from the database:

<form action="/" method="POST" encType="multipart/form-data">
  <h3>Upload Profile Photo</h3>
  <input type="file" name="sampleFile" accept="image/*" />
  <input type="submit" class="btn btn-primary">
</form>

<div class="card">
  {{#each rows}}

    {{#if this.profile_image}}
      <img class="card__image" src="{{this.profile_image}}" alt="User Profile">
    {{else}}
      <img class="card__image" src="/img/default.jpg" alt="User Profile">
    {{/if}}
    
    <h1 class="card__title">{{this.name}}</h1>
    <div class="card__job">{{this.job_title}}</div>
    <p class="card__about">
      {{this.description}}
    </p>
    <button type="button" class="btn btn-primary">View Profile</button>
  {{/each}}

</div>

That’s it. The clean code is available on the GitHub link below with fewer explanation comments.

Demo Video Loop

Demo of uploading an image and saving the record to a MySQL Database:

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