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Request failed with status code 413

ochieng seth
a full-stack dev
・1 min read

I got this error on android 9 devices and above when my react native app tried to send post requests which had large image and base64 data to my api which ran nginx as a reverse proxy.
What happened was the request wouldn't get sent however nginx would send a 413 response which actually indicates that the received request is too large.
My solution was :

  1. <skip this if you aren't using an express api> set a request size limit in the express api like so:
app.use(express.json({limit: '50mb'}));
app.use(express.urlencoded({limit: '50mb'}));
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  1. adjust nginx request size limit -> access nginx config file in ubuntu sudo nano /etc/nginx/nginx.conf then add this line client_max_body_size 50M; inside the 'http{ ... }' block.

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