Laravel File Storage

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Laravel provides a powerful filesystem abstraction thanks to the wonderful Flysystem PHP package by Frank de Jonge. The Laravel Flysystem integration provides simple to use drivers for working with local filesystems and Amazon S3. Even better, it’s amazingly simple to switch between these storage options as the API remains the same for each system.


The filesystem configuration file is located at config/filesystems.php. Within this file you may configure all of your “disks”. Each disk represents a particular storage driver and storage location. Example configurations for each supported driver are included in the configuration file. So, modify the configuration to reflect your storage preferences and credentials.

You may configure as many disks as you like, and may even have multiple disks that use the same driver.

The Public Disk

The public disk is intended for files that are going to be publicly accessible. By default, the public disk uses the local driver and stores these files in storage/app/public. To make them accessible from the web, you should create a symbolic link from public/storage to storage/app/public. This convention will keep your publicly accessible files in one directory that can be easily shared across deployments when using zero down-time deployment systems like Envoyer.

To create the symbolic link, you may use the storage:link Artisan command:

Once a file has been stored and the symbolic link has been created, you can create a URL to the files using the asset helper:

echo asset('storage/file.txt');

The Local Driver

When using the local driver, all file operations are relative to the root directory defined in your filesystems configuration file. By default, this value is set to the storage/app directory. Therefore, the following method would store a file in storage/app/file.txt:

Storage::disk('local')->put('file.txt', 'Contents');


The public visibility translates to 0755 for directories and 0644 for files. You can modify the permissions mappings in your filesystems configuration file:

'local' => [
    'driver' => 'local',
    'root' => storage_path('app'),
    'permissions' => [
        'file' => [
            'public' => 0664,
            'private' => 0600,
        'dir' => [
            'public' => 0775,
            'private' => 0700,

Retrieving Files

The get method may be used to retrieve the contents of a file. The raw string contents of the file will be returned by the method. Remember, all file paths should be specified relative to the “root” location configured for the disk:

$contents = Storage::get('file.jpg');

The exists method may be used to determine if a file exists on the disk:

$exists = Storage::disk('s3')->exists('file.jpg');

The missing method may be used to determine if a file is missing from the disk:

$missing = Storage::disk('s3')->missing('file.jpg');

Downloading Files

The download method may be used to generate a response that forces the user’s browser to download the file at the given path. The download method accepts a file name as the second argument to the method, which will determine the file name that is seen by the user downloading the file. Finally, you may pass an array of HTTP headers as the third argument to the method:

return Storage::download('file.jpg');

return Storage::download('file.jpg', $name, $headers);

File URLs

You may use the url method to get the URL for the given file. If you are using the local driver, this will typically just prepend /storage to the given path and return a relative URL to the file. If you are using the s3 driver, the fully qualified remote URL will be returned:

use Illuminate\Support\Facades\Storage;

$url = Storage::url('file.jpg');

Storing Files

The put method may be used to store raw file contents on a disk. You may also pass a PHP resource to the put method, which will use Flysystem’s underlying stream support. Remember, all file paths should be specified relative to the “root” location configured for the disk:

use Illuminate\Support\Facades\Storage;

Storage::put('file.jpg', $contents);

Storage::put('file.jpg', $resource);

File Uploads

In web applications, one of the most common use-cases for storing files is storing user uploaded files such as profile pictures, photos, and documents. Laravel makes it very easy to store uploaded files using the store method on an uploaded file instance. Call the store method with the path at which you wish to store the uploaded file:


namespace App\Http\Controllers;

use App\Http\Controllers\Controller;
use Illuminate\Http\Request;

class UserAvatarController extends Controller
     * Update the avatar for the user.
     * @param  Request  $request
     * @return Response
    public function update(Request $request)
        $path = $request->file('avatar')->store('avatars');

        return $path;

There are a few important things to note about this example. Note that we only specified a directory name, not a file name. By default, the store method will generate a unique ID to serve as the file name. The file’s extension will be determined by examining the file’s MIME type. The path to the file will be returned by the store method so you can store the path, including the generated file name, in your database.

You may also call the putFile method on the Storage facade to perform the same file manipulation as the example above:

$path = Storage::putFile('avatars', $request->file('avatar'));

Specifying A File Name

If you would not like a file name to be automatically assigned to your stored file, you may use the storeAs method, which receives the path, the file name, and the (optional) disk as its arguments:

$path = $request->file('avatar')->storeAs(
    'avatars', $request->user()->id

You may also use the putFileAs method on the Storage facade, which will perform the same file manipulation as the example above:

$path = Storage::putFileAs(
    'avatars', $request->file('avatar'), $request->user()->id


Deleting Files

The delete method accepts a single filename or an array of files to remove from the disk:

use Illuminate\Support\Facades\Storage;


Storage::delete(['file.jpg', 'file2.jpg'])

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