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Upload File with Validation in CodeIgniter 4

Posted in CodeIgniter 4, Tutorial PHP by samsonasik on September 5, 2018

In CodeIgniter 4, there is CodeIgniter\Validation\FileRules that can be used out of the box from validate() from controllers that we can using it on upload process.

For example, we have an upload form page with flow as follow:

  1. Display form at /form page with “avatar” file field
  2. Process form at /form/process with validations:
    • is uploaded
    • is mime in image/jpg,image/jpeg,image/gif,image/png
    • the max size is less or equal than 4MB
  3. On valid upload, we move uploaded file to writable/uploads directory.

Before we start, please ensure that you’re using latest CodeIgniter4 develop branch by clone it:

$ git clone https://github.com/bcit-ci/CodeIgniter4.git

If you already have it, ensure to pull latest develop branch via command:

$ cd CodeIgniter4
$ git checkout develop
$ git remote add upstream https://github.com/bcit-ci/CodeIgniter4.git
$ git pull upstream develop

Most of the time, the updated code in the CodeIgniter4 repository will be core framework (system) and its tests, so, if we need to be always up to date framework, we can create new branch based on develop branch, for example:

$ git checkout -b tutorial-upload

Then, we can regularly rebase against develop :

$ git checkout develop && git pull upstream develop
$ git checkout tutorial-upload && git rebase develop

Enough with introduction, let’s start with code!

1. Display Form

<?php
// application/Views/form.php
$validationErrors = $this->config->plugins['validation_errors'];

helper('form');
echo form_open(
    'form/process',
    [
        'enctype' => 'multipart/form-data'
    ]
);

echo form_input('avatar', '', '', 'file');
echo $validationErrors(['field' => 'avatar']);

echo form_submit('Send', 'Send');
echo form_close();

Above, we display form with form helpers, and display validation errors by get it in validation_errors key in plugins.

To make it a form page, we can create a Form controller as follow:

<?php
// application/Controllers/Form.php
namespace App\Controllers;

use CodeIgniter\Controller;

class Form extends Controller
{
    public function index()
    {
        return view('form');
    }
}

To see the page, let’s fire a command:

$ php spark serve

The form page is now displayed at http://localhost:8080/form or http://localhost:8080/form/index like below:

2. Upload validation

We are going to use “form/process” page for file upload validation, so, we can create an process() function at the Form controller:

class Form extends Controller
{
    // ...
    public function process()
    {
        // verify if request method is POST
        if ($this->request->getMethod() !== 'post') {
            return redirect('index');
        }

        // validation
        $validated = $this->validate([
            'avatar' => [
                'uploaded[avatar]',
                'mime_in[avatar,image/jpg,image/jpeg,image/gif,image/png]',
                'max_size[avatar,4096]',
            ],
        ]);

        if ($validated) {
            // Business!
        }

        return redirect('index')->withInput();
    }
}

On above process() function, the validate() call supply the rules of avatar field needed, which are uploaded, mime_in, and max_size which we can found as functions at CodeIgniter\Validation\FileRules. When it is valid, it will returns true. We redirect back to /form/index with bring validation errors that saved in session flash with key _ci_validation_errors to be allowed to be displayed once in the next request like below:

3. Move uploaded file to writable/uploads directory

We have a WRITEPATH constant that refers to writable directory, and we can use its “$request->getFile(‘avatar’)->move()” to it, so when we have validated, we can do:

if ($validated) {
    $avatar = $this->request->getFile('avatar');
    $avatar->move(WRITEPATH . 'uploads');
}

That’s it! The complete Form controller class can be as follow:

<?php
// application/Controllers/Form.php
namespace App\Controllers;

use CodeIgniter\Controller;

class Form extends Controller
{
    public function index()
    {
        return view('form');
    }

    public function process()
    {
        if ($this->request->getMethod() !== 'post') {
            return redirect('index');
        }

        $validated = $this->validate([
            'avatar' => [
                'uploaded[avatar]',
                'mime_in[avatar,image/jpg,image/jpeg,image/gif,image/png]',
                'max_size[avatar,4096]',
            ],
        ]);

        if ($validated) {
            $avatar = $this->request->getFile('avatar');
            $avatar->move(WRITEPATH . 'uploads');
        }

        return redirect('index')->withInput();
    }
}

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