How to Access Images Uploaded at Storage for Mac and Windows (Laravel 5)

How to Access Images Uploaded at Storage for Mac and Windows (Laravel 5)

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I have got user’s images uploaded in Laravel storage. How can I access them and render them in a view?

The server is pointing all requests to/public, so in order to show the image through Laravel blade view, we have to create a symlink in Mac / Windows that can point the url path from /storageto /storage/app/publicfolder.

For Mac users.

It is easy, just type below command (mentioned in Laravel Documentation: File Storage):

php artisan storage:link

Once  the symbolic link has been created, you can create a URL to the files using the asset helper in view file:

echo asset('storage/image.jpg');


For Windows users.

You can use the mklink command, but first you need to access Command Prompt in Elevate Mode/Admin.

Windows Tips:

If you’re using a keyboard with Windows 10 or Windows 8, you can open an elevated Command Prompt quickly from the Power User Menu. Just press the WINDOWS and X keys together and then click on Command Prompt (Admin). Click Yes on any User Account Control messages that might appear.

After you open the Command Prompt (Admin), type below command:

mklink /j [project_folder_path]\public\storage [project_folder_path]\storage\app\public

If successfully created for Windows path, it will show below message:

Junction created for [project_folder_path]\public\storage <<===>> [project_folder_path]\storage\app\public


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