How to associate files with Eloquent models

Medialibrary is a Laravel (5.6 and up) package that can associate all sorts of files with Eloquent models. It provides a simple, fluent API to work with.

The Medialibrary package requires PHP 7.1+ and Laravel 5.5.0+.This package uses json columns. MySQL 5.7 or higher is required.


Install Medialibrary via composer:

composer require "spatie/laravel-medialibrary:^7.0.0"


The package will automatically register a service provider.

You need to publish and run the migration:

php artisan vendor:publish --provider="Spatie\MediaLibrary\MediaLibraryServiceProvider" --tag="migrations"
php artisan migrate


Publishing the config file is optional:

php artisan vendor:publish --provider="Spatie\MediaLibrary\MediaLibraryServiceProvider" --tag="config"


This is the default content of the config file:

return [

     * The filesystems on which to store added files and derived images by default. Choose
     * one or more of the filesystems you've configured in config/filesystems.php.
    'disk_name' => 'public',

     * The maximum file size of an item in bytes.
     * Adding a larger file will result in an exception.
    'max_file_size' => 1024 * 1024 * 10,

     * This queue will be used to generate derived images.
     * Leave empty to use the default queue.
    'queue_name' => '',

     * The class name of the media model that should be used.
    'media_model' => Spatie\MediaLibrary\Models\Media::class,

     * The engine that should perform the image conversions.
     * Should be either `gd` or `imagick`.
    'image_driver' => 'gd',

     * When urls to files get generated, this class will be called. Leave empty
     * if your files are stored locally above the site root or on s3.
    'url_generator' => null,

     * The class that contains the strategy for determining a media file's path.
    'path_generator' => null,

    's3' => [
         * The domain that should be prepended when generating urls.
        'domain' => '',

    'remote' => [
         * Any extra headers that should be included when uploading media to
         * a remote disk. Even though supported headers may vary between
         * different drivers, a sensible default has been provided.
         * Supported by S3: CacheControl, Expires, StorageClass,
         * ServerSideEncryption, Metadata, ACL, ContentEncoding
        'extra_headers' => [
            'CacheControl' => 'max-age=604800',

     * These generators will be used to create an image of media files.
    'image_generators' => [

     * Medialibrary will try to optimize all converted images by removing
     * metadata and applying a little bit of compression. These are
     * the optimizers that will be used by default.
    'image_optimizers' => [
        Spatie\ImageOptimizer\Optimizers\Jpegoptim::class => [
            '--strip-all', // this strips out all text information such as comments and EXIF data
            '--all-progressive', // this will make sure the resulting image is a progressive one
        Spatie\ImageOptimizer\Optimizers\Pngquant::class => [
            '--force', // required parameter for this package
        Spatie\ImageOptimizer\Optimizers\Optipng::class => [
            '-i0', // this will result in a non-interlaced, progressive scanned image
            '-o2', // this set the optimization level to two (multiple IDAT compression trials)
            '-quiet', // required parameter for this package
        Spatie\ImageOptimizer\Optimizers\Svgo::class => [
            '--disable=cleanupIDs', // disabling because it is known to cause troubles
        Spatie\ImageOptimizer\Optimizers\Gifsicle::class => [
            '-b', // required parameter for this package
            '-O3', // this produces the slowest but best results

     * The path where to store temporary files while performing image conversions.
     * If set to null, storage_path('medialibrary/temp') will be used.
    'temporary_directory_path' => null,

     * FFMPEG & FFProbe binaries path, only used if you try to generate video
     * thumbnails and have installed the php-ffmpeg/php-ffmpeg composer
     * dependency.
    'ffmpeg_path' => '/usr/bin/ffmpeg',
    'ffprobe_path' => '/usr/bin/ffprobe',



To associate media with a model, the model must implement the following interface and trait:

namespace App\Models;

use Illuminate\Database\Eloquent\Model;
use Spatie\MediaLibrary\HasMedia\HasMedia;
use Spatie\MediaLibrary\HasMedia\HasMediaTrait;

class News extends Model implements HasMedia
    use HasMediaTrait;


You can associate a file with a model like this

$newsItem = NewsItem::find(1); 
$newsItem ->addMedia($pathToFile) ->toMediaCollection();


The file will now be associated with the NewsItem instance and will be moved to the disk you’ve configured.

You can also add a remote file to the media library:

$url = '';


To retrieve files you can use the getMedia-method,This method returns a collection of Media-objects.

$mediaItems = $newsItem->getMedia();


If you have different types of files that you want to associate, you can put them in their own collection.

$newsItem = News::find(1);


All media in a specific collection can be retrieved like this:

// will return media instances for all files in the images collection

// will returns media instance for all files in the downloads collection


For a complete guide about Medialibrary package, the official documentation website is the best place.

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