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Uploading files with Spring Boot and Angular


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Give yourself some time in software development and you'll eventually come across file upload problems of varying complexity. Consider this one: you want a Spring backend to upload a file through an Angular app. Since the files can be large and the network may be slow, the upload can take a while to complete. Hence, you also want to display the progress of the upload on the Angular app.

To solve this problem, we can modify the Spring Boot application described in Uploading files guide for our needs. And then we can create an Angular app to provide a UI.


The examples in this post use

  • Java 13
  • Node 12
  • Spring Boot 2.1.8
  • Angular 9

Create the upload service with Spring Boot

Generate a Spring Boot app with Spring Initializr. Include spring-boot-configuration-processor as one of the dependencies. Import the project in an IDE.

Define an interface to describe methods to upload and fetch the files.

// src/main/java/dev/mflash/guides/upload/service/StorageService.java

public interface StorageService {

  void init();

  void store(MultipartFile... files);

  Stream<Path> loadAll();

  void deleteAll();

Implement this interface to read and write the files on the filesystem.

// src/main/java/dev/mflash/guides/upload/service/FileSystemStorageService.java

public @Service class FileSystemStorageService implements StorageService {

  private final Path rootDir;

  public FileSystemStorageService(StorageProperties storageProperties) {
    this.rootDir = Paths.get(storageProperties.getLocation());

  public @Override void init() {
    try {
    } catch (Exception e) {
      throw new StorageException("Could not initialize storage", e);

  public @Override void store(MultipartFile... files) {
    if (files.length > 0) {
      List.of(files).forEach(file -> {
        String filename = StringUtils.cleanPath(Objects.requireNonNull(file.getOriginalFilename()));
        try {
          if (file.isEmpty()) {
            throw new StorageException("Failed to store empty file " + filename);
          if (filename.contains("..")) {
            throw new StorageException("Cannot store file with relative path outside current directory " + filename);
          try (InputStream inputStream = file.getInputStream()) {
            Files.copy(inputStream, this.rootDir.resolve(filename), StandardCopyOption.REPLACE_EXISTING);
        } catch (IOException e) {
          throw new StorageException("Failed to store file " + filename, e);
    } else {
      throw new StorageException("Invalid request payload");

  public @Override Stream<Path> loadAll() {
    try {
      return Files.walk(this.rootDir, 1)
          .filter(path -> !path.equals(this.rootDir))
    } catch (IOException e) {
      throw new StorageException("Failed to read stored files", e);

  public @Override void deleteAll() {

In this service,

  • init method creates a directory where files would be uploaded
  • store method writes one or more files on the disk
  • loadAll method resolves the filename
  • deleteAll method cleans up the storage location

Also note that the value of rootDir is injected through a ConfigurationProcessor bean. You can configure the actual path of the storage location by storage.location property in the application.yml file.

Create endpoints for the upload service

Create some endpoints to interact with this service.

// src/main/java/dev/mflash/guides/upload/controller/FileSystemStorageController.java

public @RestController class FileSystemStorageController {

  private final StorageService storageService;

  public FileSystemStorageController(StorageService storageService) {
    this.storageService = storageService;

  public @GetMapping List<Path> listAllFiles() {
    return storageService.loadAll().collect(Collectors.toList());

  public @PostMapping Map<String, String> uploadFile(@RequestParam("data") MultipartFile... file) {
    try {
      return Collections.singletonMap("status", "Successfully uploaded");
    } catch (Exception e) {
      return Collections.singletonMap("status", e.getLocalizedMessage());

There are three endpoints configured here.

  • A GET request to /file will provide a list of all the files available at the storage location.
  • A POST request to /file with form data containing one or more file under the key data will upload theme to the storage location.

Lastly, enable CORS to accept the requests from the Angular frontend.

// src/main/java/dev/mflash/guides/upload/Launcher.java

public @SpringBootApplication class Launcher implements WebMvcConfigurer {

  public static void main(String[] args) {
    SpringApplication.run(Launcher.class, args);

  public @Override void addCorsMappings(CorsRegistry registry) {    registry.addMapping("/**").allowedOrigins("http://localhost:4200");  }}

Create a frontend for the upload

Generate a minimal Angular app with the following command.

ng new web --minimal --routing=false --style=css --skipTests --inlineStyle --inlineTemplate

Refer to ng new reference for more information on these options.

Create a service to call the Spring endpoints created above.

// src/app/upload.service.ts

  providedIn: 'root'
export class UploadService {
  constructor(private client: HttpClient) {}

  getUploadedFiles() {
    return this.client.get(environment.apiUrl);

  upload(data: FileList): Observable<HttpEvent<{}>> {
    const formData = new FormData();

    Array.from(data).forEach(file => {
      formData.append('data', file);

    const request = new HttpRequest('POST', environment.apiUrl, formData, {
      reportProgress: true,
      responseType: 'text'

    return this.client.request(request);

Observable<HttpEvent<{}>> returned by upload method will provide the progress of the upload through loaded and total properties, which are made available when reportProgress flag is set to true in the HttpRequest object.

Create a component to upload the files

Edit AppComponent to use the UploadService to upload and display the files.

// src/app/app.component.ts

  selector: 'app-root',
  templateUrl: './app.component.html'
export class AppComponent implements AfterContentChecked {
  selected: FileList;
  public label: string = 'Select a file or two...';
  progress: { percentage: number } = { percentage: 0 };
  public uploadedFiles: Array<string>;

  constructor(private uploadService: UploadService) {}

  ngAfterContentChecked() {

  get status() {
    return this.progress.percentage <= 25 ? 'is-danger' : this.progress.percentage <= 50 ? 'is-warning' : this.progress.percentage <= 75 ? 'is-info' : 'is-success';

  selectFile(event: any) {
    this.selected = event.target.files;
    this.label = this.selected.length > 1 ? this.selected.length + ' files selected' : '1 file selected';

  upload() {
    this.progress.percentage = 0;

    this.uploadService.upload(this.selected).subscribe(event => {
      if (event.type === HttpEventType.UploadProgress) {
        this.progress.percentage = Math.round(100 * event.loaded / event.total);
      } else if (event instanceof HttpResponse) {
        console.log('File successfully uploaded!');

    this.selected = undefined;

  updateFileList() {
    this.uploadService.getUploadedFiles().subscribe(res => {
      this.uploadedFiles = [...res.toString().split(',').map(name => name.replace(/^.*[\\\/]/, ''))];

Warning Do NOT use AfterContentChecked interface to call a service in production! Use a suitable change detection strategy to update the view.

Open app.component.html and add the following template (which is built using Bulma).

<!-- src/app/app.component.html -->

<section class="hero is-light">
  <div class="hero-body">
    <div class="container">
      <h1 class="title">Uploader</h1>
      <h2 class="subtitle">
        <div class="form">
          <div class="field file-control">
            <div class="file">
              <label class="file-label">
                <input class="file-input" type="file" (change)="selectFile($event)" multiple>
                <span class="file-cta">
                  <span class="file-icon">
                    <svg xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" width="24" height="24" viewBox="0 0 24 24" fill="none" stroke="currentColor" stroke-width="2" stroke-linecap="round" stroke-linejoin="round"><path d="M21 15v4a2 2 0 0 1-2 2H5a2 2 0 0 1-2-2v-4"></path><polyline points="17 8 12 3 7 8"></polyline><line x1="12" y1="3" x2="12" y2="15"></line></svg>
                  <span class="file-label">{{ label }}</span>
          <div class="field">
            <div class="control">
              <button class="button is-primary is-medium" [disabled]="!selected" (click)="upload()">Upload</button>
        <div class="field">
          <div class="control">
            <progress *ngIf="progress.percentage > 0" class="progress" [ngClass]="status" [value]="progress.percentage" max="100">{{ progress.percentage }}%</progress>

<section class="hero" *ngIf="!!uploadedFiles">
  <div class="hero-body">
    <div class="container">
      <h1 class="title">Uploaded files</h1>
      <div class="content">
          <li *ngFor="let file of uploadedFiles">{{ file }}</li>

Don't forget to provide the multiple attribute for the input[type=file] element in the component, else you won't be able to upload multiple files.

Launch the Spring and Angular applications and open the browser at http://localhost:4200. Try uploading some files to see the application in action.


Source Codespring-file-upload