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How to download an image from URL in Node

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import os from 'os'
import fs from 'fs'
import https from 'https'

async function downloadFileFromURL(url, fileLocation) {
  return await new Promise((resolve, reject) => {
      .get(url, (response) => {
        const code = response.statusCode ?? 0

        if (code >= 400) {
          return reject(new Error(response.statusMessage))

        // handle redirects
        if (code > 300 && code < 400 && !!response.headers.location) {
          return await downloadFile(response.headers.location)

        // save the file to disk
        const fileWriter = fs
          .on('finish', () => {
              contentType: response.headers['content-type'],

      .on('error', (error) => {

const imageUrl = 'https://.... bla bla'
const fileLocation = os.tmpdir() + '/' + rnd(10, rnd.alphaLower)

await downloadFileFromURL(imageUrl, fileLocation)
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