Image data not saving to MongoDB

January 25, 2022, at 10:20 AM

Preface: using Node.js w/Express to build a blog website and using multer to upload an image to mongoDB.

I have a problem with image data not saving to MongoDB.

When I use enctype="multipart/form-data in my HTML form, I get the following in my terminal

fieldname: 'myImage',
  originalname: 'photo_2021-12-27_20-07-58.jpg',
  encoding: '7bit',
  mimetype: 'image/jpeg',
  destination: './uploads/',
  filename: 'photo_2021-12-27_20-07-58.jpg',
  path: 'uploads\\photo_2021-12-27_20-07-58.jpg',
  size: 134172

Which is correct, the image also uploads into a separate uploads folder which is also correct, however the image data doesn't save to my mongoDB.

However, when I remove enctype="multipart/form-data", I don't have the file data in my terminal, nor does the image upload to the separate folder. However I DO! get the image data in my mongoDB. This is such a weird problem. Can anyone help?

Also, sorry for the amount of code I have just unleashed. If anyone actually takes the time to answer this then thank you!


const express = require('express');
const router = express.Router();
const blogController = require('../controllers/blogController')
const multer = require('multer');

const storage = multer.diskStorage({
  //destination for files
  destination: function (request, file, callback) {
    callback(null, './uploads/');
  //add back the extension
  filename: function (request, file, callback) {
    callback(null, file.originalname);

const upload = multer({
  storage: storage,
router.get('/create', blogController.blog_create_get);
router.get('/', blogController.blog_home);'/', upload.single('myImage') ,blogController.blog_create_post);
router.get('/:id', blogController.blog_details);
router.delete('/:id', blogController.blog_delete_post);
module.exports = router

Controller code

const blog_create_post = (req, res) => {
  const blog = new Blog(req.body, {
    .then(() => {
    .catch((err) => {


  image: {
    data: Buffer,
    contentType: String

const Blog = mongoose.model('Blog', blogSchema)
module.exports = Blog;


// Static Files | Middleware
app.use(express.urlencoded({ extended: true }));

HTML form

    <form action="/blogs" enctype="multipart/form-data" method="POST">
      <label for="image">Select image:</label>
      <input type="file" id="image" name="myImage" accept="image/*">
      <input type="submit" value = "Upload Photo">
Answer 1

Multer is triggered only when the enctype of your form is enctype="multipart/form-data". Example from their doc:

<form action="/profile" method="post" enctype="multipart/form-data">
  <input type="file" name="avatar" />

When you don't provide this enctype your req object contains form data in text, and then it is saved to your database, of course.

In order to save binary data to MongoDB you need to open a file designated by

filename: 'photo_2021-12-27_20-07-58.jpg',
path: 'uploads\\photo_2021-12-27_20-07-58.jpg',

and save it appropriately (as text or binary depending on the format and reqs) to the mongodb. To read file check this answer

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