Laravel 11 step by step instructions to upload file in storage directory and display in blade file

Created at 15-Mar-2024 , By samar

In this tutorial we will learn about to how to insert the images or file in storage directory and create a symlink and display image or file in Laravel 11 application.

  • Upload image to storage directory (storage/app/)

    $path = $request->file('photo')->store('avatars', 'public');
    return $path;

    Here is photo is file name and avatars is folder inside storage/app/public directory and you don't have to create the avatars directory. It will be created automatically after executing the above script. Data (images, files, documents) stores in storage/app/public directory in not directly accessible so you have to create a symlink by running php artisan storage:link command. Now you can access file by using below code snippt in any blade.php file.

    <img src="{{ asset('/storage/avatars/5AGu1cRdR73BQ3J1voZKStb47lhItNawm9FwUW5J.png') }}" />
    Here is full demo code to insert image in storage directory and creating a symlink and displaying the image in blade.php file.

    add code to web.php file (routes/web.php)

    Route::get('/image-upload', [TestController::class, 'uploadImage'])->name('uploadImage');
    Route::post('/image-upload', [TestController::class, 'saveUploadImage'])->name('uploadImageSave');
    //create symlink 
    Route::get('/storage-link', function(){
        echo "symlink created";

    Add controller using php artisan make:controller TestController command and paste below code in it

    namespace App\Http\Controllers;
    use Illuminate\Http\Request;
    use App\Models\User;
    use App\Mail\TestMail;
    use Illuminate\Support\Facades\Mail;
    class TestController extends Controller
        public function uploadImage(){
            return view('image');
        public function saveUploadImage(Request $request){
            $path = $request->file('photo')->store('avatars', 'public');
            return view('image', compact('path'));

    Create view file image.blade.php in resources/views directory

    <!doctype html>
    <html lang="en">
            <!-- Required meta tags -->
            <meta charset="utf-8">
            <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1">
            <!-- Bootstrap CSS -->
            <link href="" rel="stylesheet" integrity="sha384-BmbxuPwQa2lc/FVzBcNJ7UAyJxM6wuqIj61tLrc4wSX0szH/Ev+nYRRuWlolflfl" crossorigin="anonymous">
            <title>Hello, world!</title>
                <img src="{{ asset('/storage/'.$path) }}" />
            <div class="container">
                <form  action="{{ route('uploadImageSave') }}" method="POST" enctype="multipart/form-data">
                       <div class="form-group">
                            <label>File browser : </label>
                            <div class="custom-file">
                                <input type="file" class="custom-file-input" id="customFile" name="photo">
                                <label class="custom-file-label" for="customFile">Choose file</label>
                        <button type="submit" class="btn btn-primary">Submit</button>
            <!-- Option 1: Bootstrap Bundle with Popper -->
            <script src="" integrity="sha384-b5kHyXgcpbZJO/tY9Ul7kGkf1S0CWuKcCD38l8YkeH8z8QjE0GmW1gYU5S9FOnJ0" crossorigin="anonymous"></script>
            <!-- Option 2: Separate Popper and Bootstrap JS -->
            <script src="" integrity="sha384-KsvD1yqQ1/1+IA7gi3P0tyJcT3vR+NdBTt13hSJ2lnve8agRGXTTyNaBYmCR/Nwi" crossorigin="anonymous"></script>
            <script src="" integrity="sha384-nsg8ua9HAw1y0W1btsyWgBklPnCUAFLuTMS2G72MMONqmOymq585AcH49TLBQObG" crossorigin="anonymous"></script>

    Now first visit http://localhost:8000/storage-link url to create a symlink for storage directory.

    After creating symlink you can visit http://localhost:8000/image-upload url to upload image and after that you will be redirected same page with displaying image in your view file.

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