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Laravel 5 Angular JS File Upload

Laravel 5 Angular JS File Upload
Written by Yogesh Koli

In this tutorial I am going give an example on how to upload file, list files, delete file in Laravel 5 using AngularJS

You can also learn File Upload using jQuery and PHP – PHP and Ajax Asynchronous File Upload using jQuery

Tutorial Features:

A very simple demo application with bootstrap design, which is having feature to select a file and upload to server to desire locations, I have added little bit more usable features to this tutorial those are listed below:

  • File upload validations such as Required, File Type and File size
  • Find the file type
  • Calculating and store the size of the file
  • Renaming file while uploading on to the server
  • Listing existing files from the server
  • Delete file from server

Here is quick Look of the tutorial demo:

Work environment requirements:

You should have following basic server requirements ready to run Laravel application, for more information on Laravel installation you can visit to documentation section.

  • PHP >= 5.6.4
  • MySQL
  • Apache/nginx
  • PDO Extension
  • OpenSSL
  • Mbstring
  • XML
  • Tokenizer

Step 1 – Create Laravel Application:

Let’s start by creating new Laravel application use following command to create new Laravel application on your local development server.

Using Laravel Installer:


If you don’t have Laravel installer, you can use composer to create the application:

Step 2- Create Database and update connection settings from .env file :

Go a head and create a database within MySQL and update the connection setting from .env file as showing below:

So now we have our database connection ready to work, move on to the next step and start migrating a database table to store files.

You can also learn How to work with AngularJS Crud Operations – AngularJS PHP CRUD (Create, Read, Update, Delete) Operations

Step 3 – Database Migration:

Use following command to generate new migration file and add required columns:

Open up the migration file into your editor and update it according to the following script:

Save file and run following artisan command to execute migration script, so that we can have our database table created.

You should see output similar to below text:


You can also use following SQL script to create database table, this is optional step I always prefer to use Laravel migrations as they are easy to use and speed up the development process, anyways it depends on you at the end and your development environment.

Step 4 – Setup Controller, Blade Template Page and Route:

In this step we are actually going to setup a User Interface where user can upload file, see list of existing uploaded files and be able to delete file, go ahead and open you terminal and run following command to create new FilesController for our application.

FileController should be ready and can be located in – /app/Http/Controllers/FilesController.php

Next we need to add method under FileController Class to load application view, go ahead and open up FileController.php file in you editor and add following method:

If you see in the above code we have a method called files() and it’s returning a view which is currently not there in the application so we need to add that, let a new file named files.blade.php under /resources/views/files.blade.php don’t forget to add .blade.php extension at the end of the file.

Open up the files.blade.php file in your editor to add basic html code to design our file upload view:

If you notice the above code starting from the head section you will see I added css file which is laravel default application css file which comes along with bootstrap css so no needs to worry about installing bootstrap framework, next in the body section I added a html design with heading tag to name the application and a file element along with file label and a button to upload a file, keep in mind this is not a final design.

Next you need to setup route to up the page that we just designed, so open the web.php route file from /routes directory  and make following changes:

Replace Default / route to the following:


If you try to run the application in your browser you should see the following output:

Laravel 5 AngularJS File Upload tutorial Default screen

Step 5 – Setup AngularJS,  Setup Module and Directive

There are two methods available to install AngularJS into your application, first is using NodeJS NPM install along with webpack laravel provides webpack complete setup to work, you just needs to have NodesJS installed into your development server, second step is to simply calling angularjs.min.js file from your template file anyways here I we are going to use second step as just to make sure every user has to take advantages of using this tutorial.

Before starting to setup our files view, make sure you have angularjs.min.js file ready if not you can easily visit and download latest angularjs file.

Next create blank script.js file inside public/js/ directory, this is the file where we are going to write our client side script to handle file upload operations.

Now let’s start by setting up our files.blade.php page with AngularJS, open up files.blade.php page to your editor and update it according to the following code:


Have a look on above code at the bottom to the page, we have added new JS files for AngularJS, and in the body section we have ng-app define to initialise the AngularJS scope for the application and then within the body section I have added new div element along with the ng-controller attribute, so now we have started using ng attributes in side our view, let’s start by updating our newly created script.js file to define module controller and directive.


Step 6 – Create Eloquent Model

As I said we are going to deal with the database to add new record when user upload a new file, read and delete existing records, for all this operation we will need a Laravel Model let’s create it and required properties into it

Open your terminal(command line for windows user) and run this command to create new model:

Open newly created model file in your editor which is located at app/File.php location and it according to the below file:


Step 7 – Add Controller Methods to handle file operations:

So we are almost ready to access eloquent model and write our methods into the files controller, go ahead and open up the FilesController from the app/Http/Controllers/FilesController.php directory and update it according to the following script:

Let’s Discuss about file in details to understand each and every function and it’s job:

file() – Use to load files view

listFiles() – as name suggest it is used to list all existing files and if you look at the function it is having a statement where we are calling model to access the records from the database.

upload() – use to handle upload file request, it does operations like validate the file according to the given rules such as to check whether file is an image file, check out the size file to not exceed more 50 kilobyte and next store new record into the database and upload file on to the given location and rename the file with the database record id to keep in track of uploaded file.

delete() – handle delete file request, it accepts the input as file id and performs the operations like delete file from the directory as well as delete the file record from the database.

Next.. create image_uploads folder inside root directory, if you forgot to create a directory laravel still does the job it will create a directory by it’s own while upload first file.

Step 8 – Add CSRF-TOKEN to the AngularJS http/ajax requests

As we know laravel handles cross site request forgery attack to protect our application, and we need to take care about sending CSRF Token while performing server side operations, in this step we will add CSRF token to the AngularJS script using $httpProvider, open up the script.js file and update module declaration according to the following script:

Note: we will need to update our files.blade.php file to have new meta tag called csrf-token with content value, we will do that in further steps.

Step 9 – Update AngularJS controller:

Update controller with the below script to have our client script ready:

You will notice we have different controller functions those sending a post or get request to server to performs operations but our server not ready yet or we can say our routes is not defined yet request controller method  let move on to the next step to update routes file.

Step 10 – Update Routes:

go ahed and open up the web.php file from routes folder and update it according to the below script:

Step 11 – Update Template file

Finally we are there now we just need to update our template file to complete our demo application, so in this file first thing I am updating the head part to have our laravel csrf token ready to use, next updated the input file element by adding ng-files directive, added file upload function call with ng-click event on button click, listed the error if found and at last listed all files along with the button to handle delete event.

go ahed and open up files.blade.php file and update it according to the following script.

we are done, go ahed and run your code into the browser to test the application.

If you need complete source code clone from our Github repository –

Let me know if you have any questions related to this tutorial using comment box below.

Happy Coding!

Want to Learn Multiple file upload with Drag and Drop Support? you ca visit this tutorial – Perfect use of Dropzone with Laravel and AngularJS

About the author

Yogesh Koli

Yogesh Koli is a software engineer & a Blogger lives in India. He's driven by an addiction to learning and a love for adventure. he has 5+ years of experience working with the front-end, back-end, web application development, and system design.


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