Python Tutorial

Building a Simple Image Server with Deta Drive#


To get started, create a directory image-server and change the current directory into it.

$ mkdir image-server && cd image-server

Before we begin, let's install all the necessary dependencies for this project. Create a requirements.txt with the following lines:


We are using FastAPI to build our simple image server, and python-multipart allows us access the uploaded files.

Run the following command to install the dependencies.

$ pip install -r requirements.txt

To configure the app, import the dependencies and instantiate drive in

from fastapi import FastAPI, File, UploadFile
from fastapi.responses import HTMLResponse, StreamingResponse
from deta import Deta
app = FastAPI()
deta = Deta("Project_Key") # configure your Deta project
drive = deta.Drive("images") # access to your drive

We have everything we need to 🚀

Uploading Images#

First, we need to render a HTML snippet to display the file upload interface.

We'll expose a function that renders the HTML snippet on the base route /

@app.get("/", response_class=HTMLResponse)
def render():
return """
<form action="/upload" enctype="multipart/form-data" method="post">
<input name="file" type="file">
<input type="submit">

We are simply rendering a form that sends a HTTP POST request to the route /upload with file data.

Let's complete file upload by creating a function to handle /upload"/upload")
def upload_img(file: UploadFile = File(...)):
name = file.filename
f = file.file
res = drive.put(name, f)
return res

Thanks to the amazing tools from FastAPI, we can simply wrap the input around UploadFile and File to access the image data. We can retrieve the name as well as bytes from file and store it in Drive.

Downloading images#

To download images, we can simply use drive.get(name)

If we tie a GET request to the /download path with a param giving a name (i.e /download/space.png), we can return the image over HTTP.

def download_img(name: str):
res = drive.get(name)
return StreamingResponse(res.iter_chunks(1024), media_type="image/png")

You can learn more about StreamingResponse here.

Running the server#

To run the server locally, navigate to the terminal in the project directory (image-server) and run the following command:

$ uvicorn main:app

Your image server is now ready! You can interact with it at / and check it out!

curl -X 'POST' \
'' \
-H 'accept: application/json' \
-H 'Content-Type: multipart/form-data' \
-F 'file=@space.png;type=image/png'
curl -X 'GET' \
'' \
-H 'accept: application/json'
The server should respond with the image.