Angular file upload Spring Boot backend

Angular file upload Spring Boot backend
This tutorial shows a step by step solution to Angular file upload Spring Boot backend and store it on file system. We will cover a file upload from a basic input and also from a drag-drop area.

Server side

This section covers the Spring Boot server implementation

Spring Boot Controller

Our Spring Boot application exposes a single endpoint to upload files. Below it’s content :

package com.roufid.tutorials.controller;
import com.roufid.tutorials.service.FileService;
import org.springframework.beans.factory.annotation.Autowired;
import org.springframework.http.HttpStatus;
import org.springframework.web.bind.annotation.*;
import org.springframework.web.multipart.MultipartFile;
public class FileController {
	private final FileService fileService;
	public FileController(FileService fileService) {
		this.fileService = fileService;
	@PostMapping(value = "/api/files")
	public void handleFileUpload(@RequestParam("file") MultipartFile file) throws IOException {

The controller is as simple as you see. Let’s see now the  FileService.

Spring Component FileService

We extracted the logic of storing the file a Spring Component FileService. Below it’s content :

package com.roufid.tutorials.service;
import org.springframework.stereotype.Component;
import org.springframework.web.multipart.MultipartFile;
import java.nio.file.Files;
import java.nio.file.Path;
import java.nio.file.Paths;
import java.nio.file.StandardCopyOption;
public class FileService {
	private static final String FILE_DIRECTORY = "/var/files";
	public void storeFile(MultipartFile file) throws IOException {
		Path filePath = Paths.get(FILE_DIRECTORY + "/" + file.getOriginalFilename());
		Files.copy(file.getInputStream(), filePath, StandardCopyOption.REPLACE_EXISTING);

That’s it for server side. Let’s see now the front end implementation.

Client side with Angular

Angular CLI is used to create the Angular application along with  ng2-file-upload module to handle file upload from client side.

Angular Module

First, add the FileUploadModule to app.module.ts

import { BrowserModule } from '@angular/platform-browser';
import { NgModule } from '@angular/core';
import {FileUploadModule} from 'ng2-file-upload';
import { AppRoutingModule } from './app-routing.module';
import { AppComponent } from './app.component';
  declarations: [
  imports: [
  providers: [],
  bootstrap: [AppComponent]
export class AppModule { }

Angular component

Our main component contains a input of type “file” and a drag-and-drop area :

  • app.component.html
<h1>Roufid File upload tutorial</h1>
  <input #fileInput type="file" ng2FileSelect [uploader]="uploader"/>
  <div class="drop-box" ng2FileDrop
       [ngClass]="{'dragover': isDropOver}"
    <span class="drag-in-title">Import or drag file here</span>
    <span class="drag-over-title">Drop the file</span>

A CSS is added to make the look and feel pretty

  • app.component.scss
.drop-box {
  cursor: pointer;
  background: #F8F8F8;
  border: 5px dashed #DDD;
  text-align: center;
  padding: 40px;
.drag-over-title {
  display: none;
.drop-box.dragover {
  opacity: 0.6;
.drop-box.dragover .drag-over-title {
  display: block;
.drop-box.dragover .drag-in-title {
  display: none;
input[type='file'] {
  display: none;

And then creating the logic in the TypeScript component.

  • app.component.ts
import {Component, ElementRef, OnInit, ViewChild} from '@angular/core';
import {FileUploader} from 'ng2-file-upload';
  selector: 'app-root',
  templateUrl: './app.component.html',
  styleUrls: ['./app.component.scss']
export class AppComponent implements OnInit {
  @ViewChild('fileInput') fileInput: ElementRef;
  uploader: FileUploader;
  isDropOver: boolean;
  ngOnInit(): void {
    const headers = [{name: 'Accept', value: 'application/json'}];
    this.uploader = new FileUploader({url: 'api/files', autoUpload: true, headers: headers});
    this.uploader.onCompleteAll = () => alert('File uploaded');
  fileOverAnother(e: any): void {
    this.isDropOver = e;
  fileClicked() {;

That’s is. The result looks like :Angular Spring boot file upload


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