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Still Beta!

Provides Vulcan with the ability to upload files to the server and store them using Meteor-Files.

1. Installation

Vulcan dependency

This package requires Vulcan 1.11.0 or greater.

Install the package

In your project's root folder run: meteor add origenstudio:vulcan-files

NPM dependencies

To avoid using Npm.depends this package does not include any NPM module, so you will have to install them yourself by running the following command:

meteor npm install async-busboy@^0.6.2 brackets2dots@^1.1.0 lodash@^4.0.0 object-path@^0.11.4 randomstring@^1.1.5 react-dropzone@^3.12.2 recursive-iterator@^3.3.0 knox@^0.9.2 gm@^1.23.1

Alternatively, here you have a list of the packages and versions required, so you can add them to your project's package.json:

    "async-busboy": "^0.6.2",
    "brackets2dots": "^1.1.0",
    "gm": "^1.23.1",
    "knox": "^0.9.2",
    "lodash": "^4.0.0",
    "object-path": "^0.11.4",
    "randomstring": "^1.1.5",
    "react-dropzone": "^3.12.2",
    "recursive-iterator": "^3.3.0"

Make sure you run meteor npm install.

2. Usage

2.1. Create FSCollection

One problem of directly working with Meteor-Files is that files collection can only be created in a server context. This module exports a createFSCollection function both on the server and client (the latter is just a stub) so it can be called anywhere.

import { createFSCollection } from 'meteor/origenstudio:vulcan-files';

const MyFSCollection = createFSCollection({
  collectionName: 'MyFSCollection',
  // ...other FilesCollection options

if (Meteor.isClient) {
  console.log(MyFSCollection); //-> undefined

2.2. Add a field to a schema

This module provides a generateFieldSchema function that will handle many of the problematics of adding a file field, while allowing you to customize (almost) all of its features.

// TODO add documentation, see `Vulcanstagram` example for now

2.3. Uploading to 3rd parties

Right now only Amazon S3 is supported.

2.3.1 Amazon S3

You can create an S3 client easily with the createS3Client function: you only need to provide it your bucket configuration and your CloudFront domain. As always, a stub function is exported in client so you can use this function anywhere.

Since you'll want to have your S3 configuration in your settings, you can retrieve them with Vulcan's getSetting function.

  "amazonAWSS3": {
    "mainBucket": {
      "cfdomain": "",
      "client": {
        "key": "",
        "secret": "",
        "region": "eu-west-1",
        "bucket": "your-bucket-name"

Now you can create the S3 client from your settings:

import { getSetting } from 'meteor/vulcan:core';
import { createS3Client } from 'meteor/origenstudio:vulcan-files';

// make sure the path of the settings match your own!
const s3Client = createS3Client(

if (Meteor.isClient) {
  // is empty object so you can safely retrieve properties from it
  console.log(s3Client); //-> {}

Once you have your client, you can use it to provide the 3rd party function that createFSCollection expects:

const MyFilesS3 = createFSCollection({
  collectionName: 'MyFilesS3',
  uploadTo3rdParty: s3Client.upload,
  deleteFrom3rdParty: s3Client.delete,

3. Examples

3.1. Vulcanstagram

This example uses the Vulcan example-instagram as base. You find it here.


  • single file
  • uses default field's value behavior, so only the file id is stored
  • resolves only the file url
  • images will be uploaded to S3 if config is provided


Provides vulcan with the capability of uploading files to server using Meteor-Files




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