Creating a Moralis.File

Moralis.File lets you store application files in the cloud that would otherwise be too large or cumbersome to fit into a regular Moralis.Object. The most common use case is storing images, but you can also use it for documents, videos, music, and any other binary data.

Getting started with Moralis.File is easy. There are a couple of ways to create a file. The first is with a base64-encoded String.

const base64 = "V29ya2luZyBhdCBQYXJzZSBpcyBncmVhdCE=";
const file = new Moralis.File("myfile.txt", { base64: base64 });

Alternatively, you can create a file from an array of byte values:

const bytes = [ 0xBE, 0xEF, 0xCA, 0xFE ];
const file = new Moralis.File("myfile.txt", bytes);

Moralis will auto-detect the type of file you are uploading based on the file extension, but you can specify the Content-Type with a third parameter:

const file = new Moralis.File("myfile.zzz", fileData, "image/png");


In a browser, you’ll want to use an html form with a file upload control. To do this, create a file input tag which allows the user to pick a file from their local drive to upload:

<input type="file" id="profilePhotoFileUpload">

Then, in a click handler or other function, get a reference to that file:

const fileUploadControl = $("#profilePhotoFileUpload")[0];
if (fileUploadControl.files.length > 0) {
const file = fileUploadControl.files[0];
const name = "photo.jpg";
const moralisFile = new Moralis.File(name, file);

Notice in this example that we give the file a name of photo.jpg. There’s two things to note here:

  • You don’t need to worry about filename collisions. Each upload gets a unique identifier so there’s no problem with uploading multiple files named photo.jpg.

  • It’s important that you give a name to the file that has a file extension. This lets Moralis figure out the file type and handle it accordingly. So, if you’re storing PNG images, make sure your filename ends with .png.

Next you’ll want to save the file up to the cloud. As with Moralis.Object, there are many variants of the save method you can use depending on what sort of callback and error handling suits you. {
// The file has been saved to Moralis.
}, function(error) {
// The file either could not be read, or could not be saved to Moralis.


In Cloud Code you can fetch images or other files and store them as a Moralis.File.

const request = require('request-promise');
const options = {
uri: '',
resolveWithFullResponse: true,
encoding: null, // <-- this is important for binary data like images.
.then((response) => {
const data = Array.from(Buffer.from(response.body, 'binary'));
const contentType = response.headers['content-type'];
const file = new Moralis.File('logo', data, contentType);
.then((file => console.log(file.url())))


Finally, after the save completes, you can associate a Moralis.File with a Moralis.Object just like any other piece of data:

const jobApplication = new Moralis.Object("JobApplication");
jobApplication.set("applicantName", "Joe Smith");
jobApplication.set("applicantResumeFile", moralisFile);;

Retrieving File Contents

How to best retrieve the file contents back depends on the context of your application. Because of cross-domain request issues, it’s best if you can make the browser do the work for you. Typically, that means rendering the file’s URL into the DOM. Here we render an uploaded profile photo on a page with jQuery:

const profilePhoto = profile.get("photoFile");
$("profileImg")[0].src = profilePhoto.url();

If you want to process a File’s data in Cloud Code, you can retrieve the file using our http networking libraries:

Moralis.Cloud.httpRequest({ url: profilePhoto.url() }).then(function(response) {
// The file contents are in response.buffer.

Deleting Files

You can delete files that are referenced by objects using the destroy method. The master key is required to delete a file.

const profilePhoto = profile.get("photoFile");
await profilePhoto.destroy({ useMasterKey: true });

Adding Metadata and Tags

Adding Metadata and Tags to your files allows you to add additional bits of data to the files that are stored within your storage solution (i.e AWS S3).

Note: not all storage adapters support metadata and tags. Check the documentation for the storage adapter you’re using for compatibility.

// Init with metadata and tags
const metadata = { createdById: 'some-user-id' };
const tags = { groupId: 'some-group-id' };
const file = new Moralis.File('myfile.zzz', fileData, 'image/png', metadata, tags);
// Add metadata and tags
const file = new Moralis.File('myfile.zzz', fileData, 'image/png');
file.addMetadata('createdById', 'some-user-id');
file.addTag('groupId', 'some-group-id');