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SimpleMedia For Laravel

SimpleMedia for Laravel is package to handle media attached or unattached to Eloquent models.

This package is very much a work in progess.

For a more fleshed out package, you might consider trying Laravel Medialibrary from Spatie.


composer require jeffreyvanrossum/laravel-simple-media


You can publish and run the migrations with:

php artisan vendor:publish --provider="Jeffreyvr\SimpleMedia\SimpleMediaServiceProvider" --tag="migrations"
php artisan migrate

You can publish the config file with:

php artisan vendor:publish --provider="Jeffreyvr\SimpleMedia\SimpleMediaServiceProvider" --tag="config"

Automatically generate additional image sizes

This can be handy if you for example would like to generate thumbnails of your images. You could define a thumbnail image size like this in the config:

'image_sizes' => [
    'thumbnail' => [
        'width' => 100,
        'height' => 100,
        'crop' => true // determine if the image needs to be cropped
    // etc.

Image drivers

The default image driver is gd. You could also specify imagick in the config file.


You can specifiy which File Storage disk should be used for your uploads in the configuration file. By default, it uses public.


Adding unattached files and images

To upload you can use the uploadImage and uploadFile methods on the Media model.

Media::uploadImage($file); // for images

Media::uploadFile($file); // for files other then images

Calling these methods will automatically insert a record into the database. You specify/overwrite attributes by providing a second parameter to those methods.

Media::uploadImage($file, ['name' => 'A custom name', 'group' => 'profile-images']);

You can upload to a different disk then the one that is specified in the configuration file like this:

Media::uploadImage($file, ['disk' => 'local']);

You can handle uploads from the Request by using these methods:


To retrieve media, you can do the following:

Media::where('group', $group)->get();  // etc.

Attaching to Eloquent models

To attach media to Eloquent models, you must first add the HasMedia trait to the model.

You specify/overwrite attributes by providing a second parameter (array) to those methods.

$post->attachImage($file); // for images

$post->attachFile($file); // for files other then images

Or if you want to use a file from the request, you can do this:


To retrieve the media, you can do the following:



@foreach ($post->media as $file)

To retrieve media by group you can do this:


Deleting media

If you call the delete method on an instance of Media, it will delete the record and the associatated files on the disk.



  • If you don't specify a group, an image upload will get images as group by default. Other files will have files as default group.
  • If a file name is used that is not unique within the destination folder, it will append a number to the name that will increment untill it is unique.
  • The package does not restrict on file types. There is no file type validation, you could implement that yourself if needed.


  • Implement some basic quality reduction and/or compression.
  • On delete, also delete the files from the disk.
  • Better support upload from request.
  • Add more tests.


SimpleMedia for Laravel is a package to handle media attached or unattached to Eloquent models.







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