Generate destination path before file upload – multer


Trying to make a folder before uploading a file to it. However, there is a problem if I do not update the server on the node when I try to download the file again, it is added to the already created folder. If I update the server, it creates a new folder and uploads it as needed. Please see the code, how can I improve it?

const db = require('../db');
const fs = require('fs');
const path = require('path');
const uuidv1 = require('uuid/v1');
const multer = require('multer');

let storage = multer.diskStorage({
  destination: `./uploads/${uuidv1()}`,
  filename: (req, file, cb) => {
    cb(null, 'test1' + '-' + + '.' + path.extname(file.originalname));

let upload = multer({storage});

module.exports = (router) => {

  router.get('/get', (req, res) => {
    db.connect.query('SELECT * FROM habalka',
      {type: db.sequelize.QueryTypes.SELECT}
    ).then(result => {
  });'/post', upload.any(), (req, res) => {


  return router;


Your issue is that when You start Your app it generates new uuid (once – at app startup) and passes as string to diskStorage method.

But You want to generate that path every-time when You upload a file.

So here is the solution:

Multer has feature to dynamically generate both destination path and filename.

So You’ve to pass a function that will generate path and return it in callback.

Example after reading this manual:

let storage = multer.diskStorage({

  // pass function that will generate destination path
  destination: (req, file, cb) => {

    // initial upload path
    let destination = path.join(__dirname, 'uploads'); // ./uploads/

    // if user logged in and You store user object in session
    if (req.session && req.session.user && {
      destination = path.join(destination, 'users',, uuidv1()); // ./uploads/users/8/generated-uuid-here/
    else {
      destination = path.join(destination, 'files', uuidv1()); // ./uploads/files/generated-uuid-here/


  // pass function that may generate unique filename if needed
  filename: (req, file, cb) => {
      null, + '.' + path.extname(file.originalname)


Answered By – num8er

Answer Checked By – Cary Denson (AngularFixing Admin)

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