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Upload Files to Google Cloud Storage from React

A tutorial on how to upload files to Google Cloud Storage from React using Node.js and Multer

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Today we will see how we can upload files to Google Cloud Storage using Node.js backend from the React front-end.

Step 1: Do the front-end

The front-end code is very easy. We will just need a file picker to select a file from our local machine and send it to our Node.js server.

Prepare the cloud storage:

Go to your Google Cloud console and create a service account that has permission to upload files to Google Cloud Storage.

Then download the key file for that service account and store it inside a secure place.

Then head over to the Cloud storage option in your cloud console and create a bucket.

We are not showing that part here to avoid making this article too long.

Prepare the backend

Let's first initialize the project by installing some dependencies.

yarn add @google-cloud/storage express cors multer

Here multer is a special middleware for Express that helps with file uploads.

@google-cloud/storage is our client for uploading a file to Google Cloud Storage.

Then create our server using the following code:

  1. Here we are creating our Express application.

  2. Then we are creating a multer instance.

  3. Then configuring our cloud storage client by providing a path to the cloud storage client

    import { Storage } from "@google-cloud/storage"; import express from "express"; import cors from "cors"; import { format } from "util"; import Multer from "multer"; const app = express(); const port = 5000;

    const multer = Multer({ storage: Multer.memoryStorage(), limits: { fileSize: 5 _ 1024 _ 1024, // no larger than 5mb, you can change as needed. }, });


    const cloudStorage = new Storage({ keyFilename: ${__dirname}/service_account_key.json, projectId: "PROJECT_ID", }); const bucketName = "YOUR_BUCKET_NAME";

    const bucket = cloudStorage.bucket(bucketName);"/upload-file-to-cloud-storage", multer.single("file"), function (req, res, next) { if (!req.file) { res.status(400).send("No file uploaded."); return; }

    const blob = bucket.file(req.file.originalname); const blobStream = blob.createWriteStream();

    blobStream.on("error", (err) => { next(err); });

    blobStream.on("finish", () => { // The public URL can be used to directly access the file via HTTP. const publicUrl = format(${}/${});

    res.status(200).json({ publicUrl });


    blobStream.end(req.file.buffer); console.log(req.file); });

    app.listen(port, () => { console.log(listening at http://localhost:${port}); });

Then start the server using the following command:

node index.js

Keep the server running and try to upload a file using our React front-end.

Download file

You can also download the files from the cloud storage using this same client library. Use the following function to generate a signed download URL that allows you to securely access the file.

app.get("/get-url", (req, res) => {
  const file = bucket.file("FILE_NAME_IN_THE_BUCKET");
  const config: any = {
    action: "read", // giving read permission here
    expires: "03-17-2025", // specifying the expiry date
  file.getSignedUrl(config, (err, url) => {
    res.status(200).json({ url });

List the files

To get a list of the files from the cloud storage, you can use the following code:

app.get("/get-files-list", async (req, res) => {
  const options = {
    prefix: "audio", // or anything you want!
  const [files] = await bucket.getFiles(options);
  res.status(200).json({ files });

So this is a super short tutorial to show you how to upload files to google cloud storage. Hope you learned something new today!

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