Learn how to copy a file to remote location from a React application.

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JsObjects Update

Make sure you have pulled the latest from JsObjects:

git pull

Working Directory

From the root of your repository:

mkdir week05-ec2-copy-file
cd week05-ec2-copy-file/
CreateExpressProject server

From the menu, choose s for server.

Now create the client:

create-react-app client

Open the week05-ec2-copy-file directory in WebStorm. Add the proxy statement to client/package.json just above the dependencies object:

"proxy": "http://localhost:30026",

Start applications

In one tab of the terminal, in the server directory:

npm start

Create a secon tab. In the client directory:

npm start

Client Button

In client/src/App.js create a method called copyScript. Put our standard fetch statement in it with the following route:

  • /script-pusher/copy-script

In the second then statement, include, for now, only a simple console log of the JSON sent from the server.

Create a button in client/src/App.js.

  • Label: Copy Script
  • Method: this.copyScript
  • CopyScript fetch URL: /script-pusher/copy-script

The structure of your JSX should be clean, like this:

<div className="App">
        <h1>Copy File</h1>
        // Get the button syntax from your previous code.

Server Side

Create server/routes/script-pusher.js. Copy the contents of routes/index.js into it. Delete the home page route from script-pusher.js. In server/app.js link in script-pusher.js:

const scriptPusher = require('./routes/script-pusher');

There is also app.use line needed. You have seen it before when we linked in api.js.

HINTS: Look in app.js on about line 7 or 8:

var indexRouter = require('./routes/index');
var usersRouter = require('./routes/users');

These are the lines that load the files in our routes directory. The code I show you above load script-pusher.js rather than index.js or user.js. Then we need to tell express to use this route. Here is how we tell it to use routes/index.js:

app.use('/', indexRouter);

How would you tell it to use another file such as script-pusher?

Test Server Method

Test that you can call the route:

router.get('/copy-script', function(request, response) { 'use strict';
    response.send({ result: 'success' });

Confirm that it works by checking the output in the console after you push the button in the client. You should see the following in the console:

{ result: 'success' }

Copy file to EC2

Add the following code above our /copy-file endpoint in script-pusher.js:

const spawn = require('child_process').spawn;

let allData = "";

const copyFile = () => {

    return new Promise(function (resolve, reject) {

        console.log("Copy to EC2", process.env.SETUP_LINUXBOX);

        const pushScript = spawn('scp', [process.env.SETUP_LINUXBOX + '/CpuInfo', 'ec2-bc:/home/ubuntu']);

        pushScript.stdout.on('data', (data) => {
            console.log(`child stdout:\n${data}`);
            allData += 'PUSH-SCRIPT: ' + data;
            //console.log('PUSH', data);

        pushScript.stderr.on('data', (data) => {
            console.log(`child stderr:\n${data}`);
            allData += 'PUSH-SCRIPT: ' + data;
            //console.error('PUSH', data);

        pushScript.on('close', (code) => {
                result: 'success',
                code: code

        pushScript.on('error', (code) => {
                result: 'error',
                code: code

Modify our server side copyFile endpoint to look like this:

router.get('/copy-script', function(request, response) {
    'use strict';
        .then((result) => {
            console.log(JSON.stringify(result, null, 4));
        .catch((err) => {