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Upload Files to Firebase Storage with dropzone.js



Almost every file uploader I found on web are expecting url to where we want to upload file. If you are using firebase storage then you will find this awkward as you don't have any rest url where you have to upload file

Instead, file upload handled by firestore library firebase-storage.

After certain effort I found a way to use dropzone.js with firebase storage. Here is some snippet of code which you may find useful, If you are in the same situation as I am.

This both function are in same file


Dropzone configuration.. ( in index.js )


   var myDropzone = new Dropzone("form#dropzone", { // Make the whole body a dropzone
          url: '/',  
          addRemoveLinks: true,  
          method: 'put',  
          chunking:true,
          forceChunking:true,      
          autoQueue: false,
          autoProcessQueue: false         
        });
        myDropzone.autoDiscover = false;
        
        myDropzone.on("addedfile", function(file) {
          var reader = new FileReader();
          if (myDropzone.files.length < 4 ) {
              reader.onload = function(event) {
                 // event.target.result contains base64 encoded image
                 console.log("file being uploaded ")
                  storage_upload("image",event.target.result, file, myDropzone ,(r)=>{
                    console.log("Storage upload response")
                    console.log(r)
                  })
              };      
              reader.readAsDataURL(file); 
          }else {
            console.log('skipping file as we are excceding the upload limit')
          }
        });        

        myDropzone.on("removedfile", function(file){
          var storageRef = firebase.storage().ref("/");
          storageRef.child(file.fullPath).delete().then(
            function(){          
             console.log(file.fullPath  + " deleted succefuly")
            }).catch(function(error) {
              console.log("Something is wrong")
              console.log(error)
            });
          })    
        });



Firebase upload function ( in index.js not in function.js )




function storage_upload(filedata, filehandle, DropzoneHandle, cb) {

  // Getting Handle of the progressbar element of current file // 
  var progressBar = filehandle.previewElement.children[2]  

  // Firestore storage task 
  var task
  // uuid for file being uploaded
  var uuid_string = uuid()

  // Getting Storeage referance for file 
  var storageRef = firebase.storage().ref(User.client_id + "/" + uuid_string );

  // Because I am uploading file in base64 data_url // 
  task  = storageRef.putString(filedata, 'data_url');
  
  // Making progress bar of current file preview element visible  
  progressBar.opacity = 1

  task
    .on(firebase.storage.TaskEvent.STATE_CHANGED,

      // Trakcing progress of upload
      function progress(snapshot){
        var progress = (snapshot.bytesTransferred / snapshot.totalBytes) * 100;
    
        // Updating progressbar width - to make it look like filling
        progressBar.children[0].style.width = progress+'%'
       
      },

      // Firebase storeage upload error handling 
      function(error) {
        // Hanlde your way
        // A full list of error codes is available at
        // https://firebase.google.com/docs/storage/web/handle-errors
      },

      // Finishing process and returing data
      // Returning file-meta and  url
      // and hiding progress bar  
      function() {

        // Upload completed successfully, now we can get the meta data of file
        task.snapshot.ref.getMetadata().then(function(meta) {
   // Getting download url of file
          task.snapshot.ref.getDownloadURL().then(function(downloadUrl){

              // storing meta data and download url in object and returning 
              // it to callign function ... 
              var response = {
                object_info: {
                  publicURL: downloadUrl,
                  metainfo: meta
                },
                type_of_object: type
              }
              filehandle.fullPath = meta.fullPath
              return cb(response)
            })
        })
        
        // Hiding progress bar for current file 
        progressBar.style.opacity = 0
      }
    )
  
}

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