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Upload file to multiple destinations using multer in node.js

Posted at — Dec 9, 2019

This is a very straight forward article. If you work with Node.JS a lot then there is a high possibility that you are familiar with multer. If you do not know about it then this line for you (taken from official repository).

Multer is a node.js middleware for handling multipart/form-data, which is primarily used for uploading files. It is written on top of busboy for maximum efficiency.

Important: Multer will not process any form which is not multipart (multipart/form-data).

The problem

A few days back I was roaming around stackoverflow and found a question where the author wanted to upload same file in different destination using multer. The problem is very straight forward and so does the solution is.

The solution

I have created a simple **express ** to demonstrate the usage of it.

const app = require("express")();
const multer  = require('multer')

const storageA = multer.diskStorage({
  destination: function (req, file, cb) {');
    cb(null, './xuploads/')

const storageB = multer.diskStorage({
  destination: function (req, file, cb) {
    cb(null, './yuploads/')

const destA = multer({ storage: storageA })
const destB = multer({ storage: storageB })

function fileUpload(req, res, next) {
  destA.single('file')(req, res, next);
  destB.single('file')(req, res, next);
}"/", fileUpload, (req, res) => {
  res.send("Received file");

app.listen(3000, () => {
  console.log("Server started");

If you run the above code and send a multipart request to localhost:3000 then you will see that two directory has been created named xuploads and yuploads. Inside those folders you will see the file that you have uploaded.


I never had such requrements where I had to upload the same file to multiple destinations. The question’s author wanted to upload the file to both database and file system.