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Last updated on 2/21/22

Expand the Back End's Delete Function

Modify the DELETE Route

As a final touch to the file handling in your back end, make sure that whenever a  Thing  is deleted from the database, the corresponding image file also gets deleted.

In your  stuff  controller, import the Node  fs  package:

const fs = require('fs');

Now you can modify your  deleteThing()  function:

exports.deleteThing = (req, res, next) => {
  Thing.findOne({_id: req.params.id}).then(
    (thing) => {
      const filename = thing.imageUrl.split('/images/')[1];
      fs.unlink('images/' + filename, () => {
        Thing.deleteOne({_id: req.params.id}).then(
          () => {
              message: 'Deleted!'
          (error) => {
              error: error

In this function:

  • Use the ID you receive as a parameter to access the corresponding  Thing  in the database.

  • Use the fact that you know there is an  /images/  segment in your image URL to separate the file name.

  • Then use the  fs  package's  unlink  function to delete that file, passing it the file to be deleted and the callback to be executed once that file has been deleted.

  • In the callback, implement the original logic, deleting the  Thing  from the database.

Your API can now successfully handle all CRUD operations containing files: when a user creates a new  Thing , updates an existing  Thing , or deletes a  Thing !

Let's Recap!

  • The built-in  fs  package exposes methods for interacting with the server's file system.

  • fs'  unlink()  method lets you delete a file from the file system.

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