Express.js req.body undefined


Question

I have this as configuration of my Express server

app.use(app.router); 
app.use(express.cookieParser());
app.use(express.session({ secret: "keyboard cat" }));
app.set('view engine', 'ejs');
app.set("view options", { layout: true });
//Handles post requests
app.use(express.bodyParser());
//Handles put requests
app.use(express.methodOverride());

But still when I ask for req.body.something in my routes I get some error pointing out that body is undefined. Here is an example of a route that uses req.body :

app.post('/admin', function(req, res){
    console.log(req.body.name);
});

I read that this problem is caused by the lack of app.use(express.bodyParser()); but as you can see I call it before the routes.

Any clue?

1
233
8/3/2015 1:06:02 PM

Accepted Answer

As already posted under one comment, I solved it using

app.use(require('connect').bodyParser());

instead of

app.use(express.bodyParser());

I still don't know why the simple express.bodyParser() is not working...

32
12/1/2015 9:06:45 PM

You must make sure that you define all configurations BEFORE defining routes. If you do so, you can continue to use express.bodyParser().

An example is as follows:

var express = require('express'),
    app     = express(),
    port    = parseInt(process.env.PORT, 10) || 8080;

app.configure(function(){
  app.use(express.bodyParser());
  app.use(app.router);
});

app.listen(port);

app.post("/someRoute", function(req, res) {
  console.log(req.body);
  res.send({ status: 'SUCCESS' });
});

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