File Upload in Angular 16 and Node.js Express Example

The Angular 16 and Node.js Express File Upload Example combines the best of both worlds, providing an engaging frontend experience and a powerful backend infrastructure. The result is a beautiful, user-friendly, and secure file-sharing platform that allows users to share their creativity seamlessly.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to handle file uploads using Angular 16 and Node.js with Express.


  1. Node.js installed on your machine.
  2. Angular CLI installed globally.
  3. Basic knowledge of TypeScript and Angular.

Angular 16 Node JS Express File Upload Example

Steps to create a file upload application in angular and node.js express:

  • Part 1: Set up the Node.js Express Server
  • Part 2: Set up the Angular Application
  • Part 3: Run the Application

Part 1: Set up the Node.js Express Server

Step 1: Create a new project folder and initialize the Node.js package:

mkdir file-upload-example
cd file-upload-example
npm init -y

Step 2: Install necessary dependencies:

npm install express multer cors --save

Step 3: Create a new file named server.js in the root directory and set up the Node.js server:

// server.js

const express = require('express');
const multer = require('multer');
const cors = require('cors');

const app = express();
const PORT = 3000;

// Configure CORS to allow requests from Angular app (adjust the origin to your Angular app's URL)
app.use(cors({ origin: 'http://localhost:4200' }));

// Configure multer to handle file uploads
const storage = multer.diskStorage({
  destination: function (req, file, cb) {
    cb(null, 'uploads/');
  filename: function (req, file, cb) {
    cb(null, file.originalname);

const upload = multer({ storage: storage });

// Define a single route to handle file upload'/upload', upload.single('file'), (req, res) => {
  if (!req.file) {
    return res.status(400).json({ message: 'No file uploaded' });

  res.json({ message: 'File uploaded successfully' });

app.listen(PORT, () => {
  console.log(`Server running on http://localhost:${PORT}`);

Part 2: Set up the Angular Application

Step 1: Open your cmd and execute the following command to it to install and create a new Angular project using the Angular CLI:

ng new angular-file-upload-example
cd angular-file-upload-example

Step 2: Create a file upload component:

ng generate component file-upload

Step 3: Modify the file-upload.component.html to create a simple file upload form:

<!-- file-upload.component.html -->

  <h2>Angular Node js File Upload Example</h2>
  <input type="file" (change)="onFileSelected($event)" />
  <button (click)="onUpload()">Upload</button>

Then, Update the app.component.html file with the following code:

<!-- app.component.html -->

<div style="text-align:center">
  <h1>Welcome to File Upload Example using Angular and Node js Express!</h1>

Step 4: Update the file-upload.component.ts to handle the file upload logic:

// file-upload.component.ts

import { Component } from '@angular/core';
import { HttpClient } from '@angular/common/http';

  selector: 'app-file-upload',
  templateUrl: './file-upload.component.html',
  styleUrls: ['./file-upload.component.css']
export class FileUploadComponent {

  selectedFile: File | null = null;

  constructor(private http: HttpClient) { }

  onFileSelected(event: Event): void {
    const inputElement = as HTMLInputElement;
    if (inputElement.files && inputElement.files.length) {
      this.selectedFile = inputElement.files[0];

  onUpload(): void {
    if (!this.selectedFile) {
      console.log('No file selected');

    const formData = new FormData();
    formData.append('file', this.selectedFile);'http://localhost:3000/upload', formData)
        (response) => {
          this.selectedFile = null;
        (error) => {
          console.error('Error uploading file:', error);

Step 5: Update the app.module.ts to import the necessary modules:

// app.module.ts

import { BrowserModule } from '@angular/platform-browser';
import { NgModule } from '@angular/core';
import { HttpClientModule } from '@angular/common/http';

import { AppComponent } from './app.component';
import { FileUploadComponent } from './file-upload/file-upload.component';

  declarations: [
  imports: [
  providers: [],
  bootstrap: [AppComponent]
export class AppModule { }

Part 3: Run the Application

Step 1: Start the Node.js Express server:

node server.js

Step 2: Run the Angular application:

ng serve

Now, you can access the Angular application in your browser at http://localhost:4200. The file upload component should be available, and you can use it to select and upload a file. The uploaded files will be saved in the uploads directory on the server.


In this tutorial, you have learned how to create a simple file upload application using Angular and Node.js Express. And started by setting up the Node.js Express server to handle file uploads using the multer middleware and enabling CORS to allow requests from the Angular application.

Next, you have learned how to create an Angular component, FileUploadComponent to handle the file selection and upload process. The component used the Angular HttpClient module to make a POST request to the Node.js server and upload the selected file.

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