Add a new 3rd party component ng2-file-upload from Valor software (the same authors of Bootstrap NGX from chapter 6).

We are going to modify the sample code from the component sample page.

Stop ng serve and install the component

npm install ng2-file-upload --save

Open app.module.ts and add an import for FileUploadModule.

Restart ng serve.

(Restart visual studio code to be able to view the new library).

Open photo-editor.component.ts and add a prop for the uploader and one for the drop zone. And a method fileOverBase for detecting when the drop zone is active.

uploader: FileUploader = new FileUploader({});
hasBaseDropZoneOver = false;
public fileOverBase(e: boolean): void {
  this.hasBaseDropZoneOver = e;

For now the uploader is missing the configuration, will fix it soon.

Open photo-editor.component.html and below the existing code add the following. Note: this is a slightly modified version of the official exaple.

<div class="row">
  <div class="col-md-3">
    <h3>Add Photos</h3>

    <div ng2FileDrop [ngClass]="{'nv-file-over': hasBaseDropZoneOver}" (fileOver)="fileOverBase($event)" [uploader]="uploader"
      class="well my-drop-zone">
      Drop Photos Here

    <input type="file" ng2FileSelect [uploader]="uploader" multiple />
    <br/> Single
    <input type="file" ng2FileSelect [uploader]="uploader" />

  <div class="col-md-9" style="margin-bottom: 40px" *ngIf="uploader?.queue?.length">
    <h3>Upload queue</h3>
    <p>Queue length: {{ uploader?.queue?.length }}</p>

    <table class="table">
        <tr *ngFor="let item of uploader.queue">
            <strong>{{ item?.file?.name }}</strong>
          <td *ngIf="uploader.isHTML5" nowrap>{{ item?.file?.size/1024/1024 | number:'.2' }} MB</td>

        Queue progress:
        <div class="progress">
          <div class="progress-bar" role="progressbar" [ngStyle]="{ 'width': uploader.progress + '%' }"></div>
      <button type="button" class="btn btn-success btn-s" (click)="uploader.uploadAll()" [disabled]="!uploader.getNotUploadedItems().length">
        <span class="glyphicon glyphicon-upload"></span> Upload
      <button type="button" class="btn btn-warning btn-s" (click)="uploader.cancelAll()" [disabled]="!uploader.isUploading">
        <span class="glyphicon glyphicon-ban-circle"></span> Cancel
      <button type="button" class="btn btn-danger btn-s" (click)="uploader.clearQueue()" [disabled]="!uploader.queue.length">
        <span class="glyphicon glyphicon-trash"></span> Remove

Add to the css

/* Default class applied to drop zones on over */
.nv-file-over {
  border: dotted 3px red;

Configure the upload parameters

Add a method to initialize the uploader and remove the prop initializer. We also update the photos array once each upload is successful.

uploader: FileUploader;
ngOnInit() {
initializeUploader() {
  this.uploader = new FileUploader({
    url: this.baseUrl + 'users/' + this.authService.getUserId() + '/photos',
    authToken: 'Bearer ' + this.authService.getToken(),
    isHTML5: true,
    allowedFileType: ['image'],
    removeAfterUpload: true,
    autoUpload: false,
    maxFileSize: 10 * 1024 * 1024

  this.uploader.onSuccessItem = (item, response, status, headers) => {
    if (response) {
      const photo: Photo = JSON.parse(response);