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Angular Image Upload

Angular Image Upload with Cloudinary

Based on Typescript and a total revamp of AngularJS, Angular is an open-source framework for developing mobile and web apps. That framework has been gaining popularity over the years with a large developer following.

Uploading Angular images to Cloudinary triggers this process:

  • The app’s UI, i.e., its client side, picks up the image files through a form control or component.
  • The app’s server side collects, transforms, and saves the files in the cloud.

How to spur those two activities? By means of an HTML template along with an Angular-image upload component. See the tutorial below.

Angular Image Uploads

Enabling Angular image uploads to Cloudinary takes two steps.

Step 1: Set Up an HTML Template

First, place an image upload component in your app for your users by doing either of the following:

  • Specify, in HTML, the HTML5 file’s input type by adding the code below to the app.component.html file:

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    <form action="" method="post" enctype="multipart/form-data">
        <input type="file">
    <label>Choose file</label>
  • Type the following npm command to install the Angular image-upload component ng2-file-upload:

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    npm install ng2-file-upload --save
    • Next, add the related parameters to the app.component.html file by attaching the Angular image-upload component to the HTML markup:

      • For multiple uploads
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      `<input type="file" ng2FileSelect [uploader]="uploader" multiple  />`
      • For single uploads
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      `<input type="file" ng2FileSelect [uploader]="uploader" />`
      `<button [disabled]="loading" (click)="upload()" class="btn">Upload</button>`

Step 2: Create an Angular Image Upload Component

First, install the Angular Image Upload Cloudinary library that works for Angular 5, 6, and 7 with this npm command:

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npm install @cloudinary/angular-5.x --save

Afterwards, add the code below to the src/app/app.component.ts file to build an Angular image-upload component:

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import { Component, OnInit, Input } from '@angular/core';
import { FileUploader, FileUploaderOptions, ParsedResponseHeaders } from 'ng2-file-upload';
import { Cloudinary } from '@cloudinary/angular-5.x';

  selector: 'app-list',
  templateUrl: 'app.component.html'
export class ImageUploadComponent implements OnInit {

  responses: Array<any>;

  private hasBaseDropZoneOver: boolean = false;
  private uploader: FileUploader;
  private title: string;

    private cloudinary: Cloudinary,
    private zone: NgZone,
    private http: HttpClient
  ) {
    this.responses = [];
    this.title = '';

  ngOnInit(): void {
    // Create the file uploader, wire it to upload to your account
    const uploaderOptions: FileUploaderOptions = {
      url: `${this.cloudinary.config().cloud_name}/upload`,
      // Upload files automatically upon addition to upload queue
      autoUpload: true,
      // Use xhrTransport in favor of iframeTransport
      isHTML5: true,
      // Calculate progress independently for each uploaded file
      removeAfterUpload: true,
      // XHR request headers
      headers: [
          name: 'X-Requested-With',
          value: 'XMLHttpRequest'

    this.uploader = new FileUploader(uploaderOptions);

    this.uploader.onBuildItemForm = (fileItem: any, form: FormData): any => {
      // Add Cloudinary unsigned upload preset to the upload form
      form.append('upload_preset', this.cloudinary.config().upload_preset);

      // Add file to upload
      form.append('file', fileItem);

      // Use default "withCredentials" value for CORS requests
      fileItem.withCredentials = false;
      return { fileItem, form };

  fileOverBase(e: any): void {
    this.hasBaseDropZoneOver = e;

Replace the variable cloud_ name in the code above with your account’s cloud name as displayed on your Cloudinary Dashboard.

The ImageUpload component in the code processes the uploaded files through the ng2-file-upload component, subsequently uploading them to Cloudinary.

Remarkably, such a setup eliminates the tedious chore of developing a back-end API to receive files from the front end and to validate and process them before storing them in Cloudinary. As soon as a user has uploaded a file, Cloudinary seamlessly handles the remaining tasks that culminate in the file being stored in the Media Library.

For the complete code of the above process, see this comprehensive GitHub repository.

AngularJS Image Uploads

For app developers who are on AngularJS, follow the steps below to upload AngularJS files.

First, install the Cloudinary AngularJS SDK and the ng-file-upload library with this npm command:

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bower install ng-file-upload cloudinary_ng --save

Next, define CloudinaryProvider in your app’s configuration file with this code:

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yourApp.config(['cloudinaryProvider', function (cloudinaryProvider) {
      .set("cloud_name", "good")
      .set("secure", true)
      .set("upload_preset", "my_preset");

Replace the variable cloud_ name with your account’s cloud name as displayed on your Cloudinary Dashboard.

Finally, attach an uploadFiles function in your app to the controller $scope with, for example, this code:

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$scope.uploadFiles = function(files){
  $scope.files = files;
  angular.forEach(files, function(file){
    if (file && !file.$error) {
      file.upload = $upload.upload({
        url: "" + cloudinary.config().cloud_name + "/upload",
        data: {
          upload_preset: cloudinary.config().upload_preset,
          context: 'image=' + $scope.title,
          file: file
      }).progress(function (e) {
        file.progress = Math.round((e.loaded * 100.0) /;
        file.status = "Uploading... " + file.progress + "%";
      }).success(function (data, status, headers, config) {
        $rootScope.list = $rootScope.list || [];
        data.context = {custom: {image: $scope.title}};
        file.result = data;
      }).error(function (data, status, headers, config) {
        file.result = data;

The $upload.upload function uploads all the files straight to Cloudinary.

Manipulate and Deliver Uploaded Angular Or AngularJS Files

Cloudinary’s Angular SDK contains several out-of-the-box components that enable you to manipulate, optimize, and deliver images in the best format. Add those components to your Angular app.

Afterwards, specify the attributes and values that you desire for the parameters for the <cl-image> component, for example:

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<cl-image public-id="dog" angle="20" format="jpg">
    <cl-transformation height="150" width="150" crop="fill" effect="sepia"></cl-transformation>
    <cl-transformation overlay="text:arial_20:Angular" color="#EECCAA" gravity="south" y="20"></cl-transformation>

In the above code, the value of public-id (dog) is the name of the image stored in Cloudinary.

To manipulate and transform images and files as you desire, simply embed the <cl-transformation> component within <cl-image>. For details of the many options available, see the related Cloudinary documentation. You’ll be amazed at the wealth of choices at your fingertips and the marvelous effects generated by the manipulation and transformation tasks. Do give it a whirl!

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