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Download a file from node-red using standard nodes


A flow demonstrating how to download a file from your server using standard node-red nodes and without needing to modify settings.js

This flow creates a HTTP endpoint set to '/files/:fn'

This endpoint is accessible by constructing a url pointing to your node red server e.g. http://localhost:1880/files/log.log

The base path of this flow is set to c:\temp. This means the file c:\temp\log.log will be read from the node-red server file system and returned to the requester as an attachment/download.


  • The base folder on your server is setup in the function node Set base path. Adjust this to point at the folder from where the files you wish to server are saved.
  • The flow uses node-red dashboard to present the download links. If you have or don't want to use dashboard, simply delete the ui_template node before deploying.



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MiLaak commented Apr 7, 2020

Would it work just to have :
in the function node instead of
Or does it expose some security issue which I do not see?

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Nodi-Rubrum commented Aug 8, 2020

Not sure if this is right place to ask this, but since you don't have an issues queue? Feature request, can you add wildcard support to the paths allowed 'file' and 'file in' nodes? For example, I have a path I need to query in Node Red, sometimes the path is down a leaf that is iio:device0, sometimes down a leaf that is iio:device1. I don't know ahead of time which it will be 0 or 1. But it will be one or the other. In standard Linux path resolution I can use wildcards, but in your nodes that does not seem to be allowed? I want to do the following, example below.



Note the * (or wildcard). The Linux CLI allows for this. For example...

# ls -l /sys/devices/platform/soc/fe804000.i2c/i2c-1/1-0040/iio:device*/in_temp_input
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 4096 Aug 8 22:10 /sys/devices/platform/soc/fe804000.i2c/i2c-1/1-0040/iio:device0/in_temp_input

# cat /sys/devices/platform/soc/fe804000.i2c/i2c-1/1-0040/iio:device*/in_temp_input

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zaid894 commented Mar 8, 2022

Great help, thank you so much

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