base64 encoding express node.js

Node.js get image from web and encode with base64

I’m trying to fetch an image from the web and encode it with base64.

what i have so far is basically:

var request = require('request');
var BufferList = require('bufferlist').BufferList;
bl = new BufferList(),
request({uri:'',responseBodyStream: bl}, function (error, response, body)
if (!error && response.statusCode == 200)
var type = response.headers["content-type"];
var prefix = "data:" + type + ";base64,";
var base64 = new Buffer(bl.toString(), 'binary').toString('base64');
var data = prefix + base64;

This seems to be pretty close to the solution but i can’t quite get it to work. It recognizes the data type and gives out the output:


however the bufferlist ‘bl’ seems to be empty.

Thanks in advance!

BufferList is obsolete, as its functionality is now in Node core. The only tricky part here is setting request not to use any encoding:

var request = require('request').defaults({ encoding: null });
request.get('', function (error, response, body) {
if (!error && response.statusCode == 200) {
data = "data:" + response.headers["content-type"] + ";base64," + Buffer.from(body).toString('base64');