How to post an image directly to GridFS without storing it anywhere on the server?

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Storing data stream from POST request in GridFS, express, mongoDB, node.js

Using Postman (chrome ext.) to post a file, and I manage to store this post as a file using:


Also able to store directly to GridFS from a readStream when the readStream is created from a file on the server. (see code)

I have the following files, saveFromReq.js which listens for the POST and basically just passes this on to the savePic.js.


var express = require('express');
var app = express();
var savePic = require('./savePic');
var fs = require('fs');
var GridStore = require('mongodb').GridStore;
var pic = './square.png';
var picID;

//When the following

 //var pic = fs.createReadStream('./square.png', {autoClose: true});

//is not commented out, and 'req' is replaced with 'pic' in the savePic function,
//the file square.png is stored correctly to GridFS
// gridfs-stream makes that pretty easy:
// `gfs` is a gridfs-stream instance'/picture', function(req, res) {
    filename: 'test'}));
app.listen(process.env.PORT || 3413);


var savePic = function(req, callback){

var Db = require('mongodb').Db,
    MongoClient = require('mongodb').MongoClient,
    Server = require('mongodb').Server,
    ReplSetServers = require('mongodb').ReplSetServers,
    ObjectID = require('mongodb').ObjectID,
    Binary = require('mongodb').Binary,
    GridStore = require('mongodb').GridStore,
    Grid = require('mongodb').Grid,
    Code = require('mongodb').Code,
    BSON = require('mongodb').pure().BSON,
    assert = require('assert');
    fs = require('fs');

    //When the following 


    //is not commented out, the correct image is stored to test.png, and 
    //the sequence after req.on("data"... starts
    //(That sequence does not start at all when this is commented out..)

var fileId = new ObjectID();
var db = new Db('testDB', new Server('localhost', 27017));
// Establish connection to db, db) {

  var gridStore = new GridStore(db, 'test', 'w');

  //open, gridStore) {

    req.on("data", function (data) {
        console.log("data recieved");
            gridStore.write(data, function (err, gridStore) {
                if (err) {
                    console.log("error writing file");
     req.on("end", function () {
            gridStore.close(function (err, gridStore) {
                if (!err) {
                    console.log("The file has been stored to database.");


module.exports = savePic;