MongoDB has a document size limit of 16MB. To store larger file sizes, it is recommended to use GridFS.

Now, if you are a meteor user, you can very easily use the Meteor Collection-FS package to store and upload files. But it is slightly different when you actually want to store an object of size larger than 16MB which is not a file. Usually, these scenarios will come in the server side when you generate a large content and want to store that.

I was doing something like this -

//Collection initialisation
var Store = new FS.Store.GridFS("fileuploads");

FileUploads = new FS.Collection("fileuploads", {
  stores: [Store]

var buffer = new Buffer(JSON.stringify(jsonObj));

I found myself stuck with this error when I tried to use the insert function with the generated data.

DataMan constructor requires a type argument when passed a Buffer

This is actually a mistake in the documentation here - which says the insert function accepts a Buffer object at the server side. It doesn’t. Issue raised here. It accepts a file object with its data set as a buffer object along with a mime type.

Here is how to get it done-

var buffer = new Buffer(JSON.stringify(jsonObj));
var newFile = new FS.File();
newFile.attachData(buffer, {type: 'application/javascript'});

Now this will work :)

But we are not done yet !

How are we going to read the data back, if we are doing it at the client side ?

var fs = FileUploads.findOne({_id: fileId});
  url: fs.url(),
  type: "GET",
  dataType: "binary",
  processData: false,
  success: function(data){
    var reader = new FileReader();
    reader.onload = function (event) {
      // contains your data .. TADA!
      // console.log(
    reader.onerror = function (event) {
    reader.readAsBinaryString(new Blob([ data ],
      { type: 'application/octet-stream' }));

Any comments and feedback is most appreciated

Update (May 25th, 2016): I just saw that the author of the repo has stopped from maintaining the project. Sorry to hear it. Its still a great library and I hope will help users who might still use this.

Agniva De Sarker

My journal on Software, Bugs, Tips & Tricks.