Parse: Uploading files to the cloud (.NET SDK)

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Parse API/SDK is very well documented but in some cases it’s good to see some examples from the community itself. In this post I’ll describe how easy it is to upload files with Parse using the .NET SDK.

This code is divided in three methods:



public static byte[] readFileToMemory(string _filePath)
	byte[] buffer;
	var filePath = _filePath;
	FileStream fileStream = new FileStream(filePath, FileMode.Open, FileAccess.Read);
	Console.WriteLine("READING FILE...");
		int length = (int)fileStream.Length; // get file length
		buffer = new byte[length]; // create buffer
		int count; // actual number of bytes read
		int sum = 0; // total number of bytes read
		// read until Read method returns 0 (end of the stream has been reached)
		while ((count = fileStream.Read(buffer, sum, length - sum)) > 0)
			sum += count; // sum is a buffer offset for next reading

	return buffer;



public static async Task uploadFileToParse(byte[] buffer, string fileName)
	//Upload file
	byte[] data = buffer;
	ParseFile file = new ParseFile(fileName, data);
	Console.WriteLine("UPLOADING FILE...");
	await file.SaveAsync();
	//Link file with object
	var jobApplication = new ParseObject("JobApplication");
	jobApplication["applicantName"] = "Joe Smith";
	jobApplication["applicantResumeFile"] = file;
	Console.WriteLine("SAVING OBJECT...");
	await jobApplication.SaveAsync();
	Console.WriteLine("FINISHED - press enter to exit");



public static void Main(string[] args)
	ParseClient.Initialize("Your App Id", "Your .NET Key");
	string filePath = @"Filesimage.jpg";
	string fileName = Path.GetFileName(filePath);
	byte[] buffer;
        buffer = readFileToMemory(filePath);
	uploadFileToParse(buffer, fileName);


GitHub: get repo here

Creating your first REST API service using Parse

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Parse is a great cloud service with lots of features, one them being Parse Cloud Code. Let’s say you have some business logic that you don’t want expose to the public – that’s where Parse Cloud Code comes in. It is basically a dead simple way to create your own API back-end service using nothing but JavaScript. In this example I’ll be using AngularJS to test the API service. Before we start make sure to create a Parse account, at least created one app and to have the latest Parse Console app.


1. Open ParseConsole.cmd and enter following command. This command line creates a folder with three subfolders (cloud, config, public). During the creation, you’ll be prompted to enter email, password and to choose app :

parse new FirstCloudCode

2. Go to the cloud folder and open main.js. Here you’ll find an already defined API service called hello. Erease all of the text and type the following code:

Parse.Cloud.define("randomNum", function(request, response) {
var min = parseInt(request.params.min);
var max = parseInt(request.params.max);

var number = Math.floor(Math.random() * (max - min + 1) + min);


This API service receives two parameters (min and max) – generates a random number between min and max number.

3. Once you’ve defined your first Parse Cloude Code, you’ll need to upload/deploy it to your Parse app using the ParseConsole.cmd. Make sure that you’re inside the root folder (see step 1). Enter the following code:

parse deploy

4. Your first REST API service is now ready. Let’s try it out using AngularJS. Before we start with the code, make sure to collect your Parse Application ID and Parse REST ID from your Parse App.

We have created following files with following code:


<pre>parseApp.service("ParseService", function ($http, $q) {
var ParseURL = "";
var appID = "<INSERT APP ID>";
var restID = "<INSERT REST ID>";
var defer = $q.defer();

//Set up header values
$http.defaults.headers.common['X-Parse-Application-Id'] = appID;
$http.defaults.headers.common['X-Parse-REST-API-Key'] = restID;
$http.defaults.headers.common['Content-Type'] = "application/json";

//Call Parse Cloud Code
this.genRandomNum = function () {
"min": "1",
"max": "150"
).success(function (result) {

}).error(function (error) {
return defer.promise;


<pre>parseApp.controller("ParseCtrl", function ($scope, ParseService) {
$scope.number = results.result;


<pre><!doctype html>
<html lang="en" ng-app="parseApp">
<meta charset="utf-8">

<body ng-controller="ParseCtrl">
<h1>RANDOM NUMBER = {{number}}</h1>

<script src="lib/angular/angular.min.js"></script>
<script src="js/app.js"></script>
<script src="js/controllers/ParseCtrl.js"></script>
<script src="js/services/ParseService.js"></script>

Host your AngularJS app using Parse in 4 simple steps

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After you’ve put together your first AngularJS app, maybe you want to host it somewhere? Why not give Parse a try:)? It is incredibly simple!

As an example I’ll use a AngularJS & Parse app I created in my last post.

Note that there is no need to set up the database manually in Parse since it will be created dynamically once your code runs!

Step 1

Go to Parse and create your Parse app, and copy following keys:

Before we use the keys, make sure to create a domain for your Parse app under Settings -> Web hosting. Copy this link as well.

Open my existing project and go to “js/app.js” and rename the values under “//Constants“.

Step 2

In order to get your project files hosted in Parse, you need to upload them using Parse Clode Code. Start off by downloading their console apps from Parse Cloud Code. For this tutorial I’ll be using Windows.

Step 3

Open the ParseConsole file.

a) Create a new Parse Cloud Code project:

This particular code will generate three folders:

Navigate to the public folder and paste your project files.

b) Deploy your project files. Make sure your in the root folder of your Parse Cloud Code project:

Step 4

Visit your domain (the one you created in Step 1) – you app should be up and running:)

A tiny ToDo-app built with AngularJS and Parse

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Are you new to AngularJS and the cloud service Parse? I’ve put together a small example demonstrating the beautiful simplicity yet powerful parts of AngularJS and Parse.

Here’s how my ToDo app is built up (click on the image below):



Get the code here:

As a next step, maybe need to host your AngularJS project somewhere? Check this post out:)

Setting up your domain using Parse and Domeneshop

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There are several ways to set up your custom domain in Parse, however I’ve found this particular method to be the easiest. To put it simple; the only thing you need to do is to set up a DNS record in Domeneshop to your Parse app.

The frist step is to define your ParseApp Name/URL. You’ll find this setting under your app in section Web Hosting:

Parse Dashboard


The second step is to setup a DNS record pointing to your ParseApp Name. You’ll find this setting under your domain in section DNS-records. Note that this particular procedure does take up to 1-2 hours in order to take affect:

DNS Domeneshop



The third and last step is to link your custom domain with Parse. You’ll find these settings under your app in section Web hosting:

Parse Dashboard 2