Download and save a file in Node.js

Get a file from a server and store it in your disk

Andres Canavesi
May 13, 2021
Download a file in Node.js is pretty straightforward. We are going to make an implementation using native modules. No third parties.
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Download a file in Node.js is pretty straightforward but we have to have into account a couple of things.
  • We are going to make a request and the file will be received in chunks
  • Depending on the size of the file we can do it sync or async with advantages and disadvantages
  • We may require authorization

The code

The following code downloads an image from a given URL and stores it in a given path.
const https = require('https');
const fs = require('fs');

 * @param url - the url where we have our file
 * @param fileFullPath - the full file path where we want to store our image
 * @return {Promise<>}
const downloadFile = async (url, fileFullPath) =>{'downloading file from url: '+url)
    return new Promise((resolve, reject) => {
        https.get(url, (resp) => {

            // chunk received from the server
            resp.on('data', (chunk) => {
                fs.appendFileSync(fileFullPath, chunk);

            // last chunk received, we are done
            resp.on('end', () => {
                resolve('File downloaded and stored at: '+fileFullPath);

        }).on("error", (err) => {
            reject(new Error(err.message))

const url = '';
const fileFullPath = '/Users/andrescanavesi/Downloads/test.jpeg';

downloadFile(url, fileFullPath)
    .then(res => console.log(res))
    .catch(err => console.log(err));

// to execute this file type:
// node index.js


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