PHP file upload


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    It's a common task in web development where you enable a user to upload files to a server using a PHP script.

    To handle file uploads in PHP, you typically use an HTML form with an <input type="file"> element and a PHP script to process the uploaded file. Here's a basic example to illustrate this:

    HTML Form

    First, create an HTML form that allows users to select a file to upload:

    <form action="upload.php" method="post" enctype="multipart/form-data">
      Select file to upload:
      <input type="file" name="fileToUpload" id="fileToUpload">
      <input type="submit" value="Upload File" name="submit">

    The enctype="multipart/form-data" attribute is essential as it specifies that the form sends the file as a binary data.

    PHP Script (upload.php)

    Then, create a PHP script to handle the file upload:

    $target_dir = "uploads/";
    $target_file = $target_dir . basename($_FILES["fileToUpload"]["name"]);
    $uploadOk = 1;
    // Check if file already exists
    if (file_exists($target_file)) {
        echo "Sorry, file already exists.";
        $uploadOk = 0;
    // Check file size (for example, limit to 5MB)
    if ($_FILES["fileToUpload"]["size"] > 5000000) {
        echo "Sorry, your file is too large.";
        $uploadOk = 0;
    // Allow certain file formats (for example, JPG, PNG, GIF)
    $imageFileType = strtolower(pathinfo($target_file,PATHINFO_EXTENSION));
    if($imageFileType != "jpg" && $imageFileType != "png" && $imageFileType != "jpeg"
    && $imageFileType != "gif" ) {
        echo "Sorry, only JPG, JPEG, PNG & GIF files are allowed.";
        $uploadOk = 0;
    // Check if $uploadOk is set to 0 by an error
    if ($uploadOk == 0) {
        echo "Sorry, your file was not uploaded.";
    // if everything is ok, try to upload file
    } else {
        if (move_uploaded_file($_FILES["fileToUpload"]["tmp_name"], $target_file)) {
            echo "The file ". htmlspecialchars( basename( $_FILES["fileToUpload"]["name"])). " has been uploaded.";
        } else {
            echo "Sorry, there was an error uploading your file.";

    This script checks for:

    • File existence to avoid overwriting.
    • File size limit.
    • File type restrictions.

    It then attempts to move the uploaded file from its temporary location to a designated folder on the server.

    Security Considerations

    Always validate and sanitize user-uploaded files. This includes checking the file type, file size, and scanning for malware. Never trust the file extension or MIME type provided by the client, as these can be easily faked. It's a good practice to rename the uploaded file before storing it.

    This is a basic example, and there are many more advanced features and security measures to consider when dealing with file uploads in PHP.

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