Getting failed to load resource error while displaying the image file retrieved from node.js server

I am trying to display an image file retrieved from express server using the img element in my react app. But the image is not displayed and I am getting ‘Failed to load resource 404 not found’ error. I got the same error when I try to fetch data once the page is loaded, but after some time it suddenly worked. Now I am again getting this error but this time I am not trying to make any request, I am just trying to use the image URL returned by the server in my element. Could anyone please let me know if you have faced this error before as I could not find any answer for this in the internet. Below is my code

class ProductDetail extends React.Component {
    constructor(props) {

        this.state = {
            product: {}

    componentDidMount() {
        .then((res) => {
            this.setState({ product: })
        .catch(err => {

    render() {
        return (
            <Grid container spacing={3}>
                <Grid item xs={4} container justify="center">
                    <img className="product-image" src={this.state.product.image} alt={}></img>
                <Grid item xs={4} container justify="center">
                    <h2>Here goes the product details</h2>
                <Grid item xs={4} container justify="center">
                    <h2>Here goes the order details</h2>

Below is the error I am getting while loading the page and displaying the image. I am not sure why am I getting this error and why it is fetching the image again as it was already fetched.

GET http://localhost:3000/product/uploads/2020-08-31T105209.397Zrealme.jpg 404 (Not Found)

Below is the screenshot of the error that I get

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What is the name and path of the uploads folder?

When you log the product image value to the console console.log(this.state.product.image); it’s not the same as retrieving the image. The client (browser) at that point knows it has to load a new resource from the server, but hasn’t done so yet, hence the follow up error you mention.

I presume it’s something related to the paths in your server and how you serve them, but I cannot be sure without seeing everything.


Thanks for the reply. The name and path of the uploads folder is /uploads.

Please find my frontend react code here:

My backend nodejs code is here:

I would like to let you know the same image is getting displayed correctly in the home page where I am displaying the list of all the products. I am getting error only when I am trying to display the same image file in a separate product detail page.

It would be really helpful if you could help in resolving this issue.

The problem is that you’re using the wrong path: when you’re on a product, you’re requesting the image URL product/uploads/image-name.something, whereas when you’re on the home, the URL is simply uploads/image-name.something.

Change this:

<img className="product-image" src={this.state.product.image} alt={}></img>

To this:

<img className="product-image" src={'/' + this.state.product.image} alt={} />

It may lead to other problems in the future, but at least you know where to look :slight_smile:.

Thanks a lot @skaparate. It now works. But could you please brief me on what problems it may cause in the future. Once again thanks.

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It’s not something you have to worry about as long as you don’t modify the path to the uploads folder.

It’s recommended to never hard code values, instead you should find a way to resolve the path to the correct URL (that’s up to you :stuck_out_tongue:).

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