Laraver 5 Image upload to BLOB mysql

In this article, we will discuss Laravel 5 save image file JPG, PNG, etc. into MYSQL database with table column data type BLOB. A BLOB is a binary large object that can hold a variable amount of data it is a perfect solution to store images or PDF files in a database.

In my simple project, I’m using the logo file for the invoice propose.

Composer requirements.

composer require intervention/image

Database table.

We need to add two columns into `users` project table:

  • logo with data type blob
  • imageType with data type varchar(45)
CREATE TABLE `users` (
  `id` int(10) unsigned NOT NULL AUTO_INCREMENT,
  `name` varchar(255) COLLATE utf8_unicode_ci NOT NULL,
  `email` varchar(255) COLLATE utf8_unicode_ci NOT NULL,
  `password` varchar(255) COLLATE utf8_unicode_ci NOT NULL,
  `remember_token` varchar(100) COLLATE utf8_unicode_ci DEFAULT NULL,
  `created_at` timestamp NULL DEFAULT NULL,
  `updated_at` timestamp NULL DEFAULT NULL,
  `logo` blob,
  `imageType` varchar(45) COLLATE utf8_unicode_ci DEFAULT NULL,
  PRIMARY KEY (`id`),
  UNIQUE KEY `admins_email_unique` (`email`),


Required classes: Request, Image, Crypt, Auth, Hash, Session
Make sure that the classes are imported into Laravel project. If you are facing any issues with classes let me know I will provide you solution on how to install it.


namespace App\Http\Controllers;

use Illuminate\Http\Request;
use Illuminate\Support\Collection;
use Auth;
use Hash;
use Illuminate\Support\Facades\Crypt;
use Image;
use Session;

public function save_inv(Request $request)
            $user = Auth::user(); 
            if( $request->hasFile('logo')) {
                $file = $request->file('logo');
                $imageType = $file->getClientOriginalExtension();
                $image_resize = Image::make($file)->resize( null, 90, function ( $constraint ) {
                                                                    })->encode( $imageType );            

                $user->logo = $image_resize;
                $user->imageType = $imageType;

            Session::put('success','Profile info updated.');
            return back();
        catch(\Illuminate\Database\QueryException $ex){ 
            Session::put('failed', str_limit($ex->getMessage(), 90));
            return str_limit($ex->getMessage(), 90);


We need to create POST route to the controller with a function that will save the image file into a database.

Route::post('/profile_update', 'ProfileController@save_inv');


The View HTML Form will display the image if exists in the database

{{ "data:image/" .Auth::user()->imageType. ";base64," .base64_encode( Auth::user()->logo ) }}

and upload a new file into the database using input type=”file”

@if($message = Session::get('success'))
<div class="alert alert-info alert-transparent">
    <button type="button" class="close" data-dismiss="alert" aria-hidden="true">×</button>
    <i class="icon-verified_user"></i><strong>Success! </strong> {{ $message }}
@elseif($message = Session::get('failed'))
<div class="alert alert-danger alert-transparent">
    <button type="button" class="close" data-dismiss="alert" aria-hidden="true">×</button>
    <i class="icon-verified_user"></i><strong>Failed! </strong> {{ $message }}
{!! Session::forget('success') !!}
{!! Session::forget('failed') !!}

<div class="tab-pane" id="basic-info-tab-pane2" role="tabpanel" aria-labelledby="basic-info-tab2">
    <div class="col-12 card p-6" style="margin-top: 10px;">
        <form action="{{ url('profile_update') }}" method="post" enctype="multipart/form-data"> 
            <div class="form-group">
                @if( Auth::user()->logo )
                    <img src="{{ "data:image/" .Auth::user()->imageType. ";base64," .base64_encode( Auth::user()->logo ) }}">
                <input type="file" class="form-control-file" id="logo" name="logo" accept="image/png, image/jpeg">
                <label for="logo">Reseller Logo</label>
            <div class="form-group">
                <button type="submit" class="btn btn-secondary" title="Save Profile Information" style="margin-bottom: 20px;">Save</button>

PHP settings for MissingDependencyException.

Intervention \ Image \ Exception \ MissingDependencyException
PHP Fileinfo extension must be installed/enabled to use Intervention Image.


Login to your cpanel: Click Select PHP Version


Choose PHP Selector | extensions


Insert the code below to index.php to check PHP Fileinfo extension installed/enabled.


If you see this you have installed PHP Fileinfo extension php successfully otherwise you can create support tickets for hosting.


in php.ini check if you have enabled:


Feel free to comment if any query.


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