Add file manager system to your laravel app

In this article i will share how to add file manager system to your laravel app . it will add mechanism to restrict users to see only their own folders. for this we will use a laravel package called laravel-filemanager . The original functions support image and file upload, this package only modifies the image functions.


This package requires "intervention/image": "2.*", in order to make thumbs, crop and resize images.


  1. Run composer require intervention/image
  2. Run composer require unisharp/laravel-filemanager
  3. Edit config/app.php :

    Add this in service providers


    And add this in class aliases

        'Image' => InterventionImageFacadesImage::class,
  4. Publish the package’s config and assets :
        php artisan vendor:publish --tag=lfm_config
        php artisan vendor:publish --tag=lfm_public
  5. Fill user_field with your user slug in config/lfm.php :
        'user_field' => "Auth::user()->name",
  6. View initiation
            CKEDITOR.replace( 'editor', {
                filebrowserImageBrowseUrl: '/laravel-filemanager?type=Images'

    Or initiate using ckeditor jquery adapter

                filebrowserImageBrowseUrl: '/laravel-filemanager?type=Images'
  7. Ensure that the files & images directories are writable by your web server


  1. To use your own route, edit config/lfm.php :
        'use_package_routes' => false,
  2. To disable multi-user mechanism, dit config/lfm.php :
        'allow_multi_user' => false,
  3. To specify upload directory, edit config/lfm.php :
        'images_dir'         => 'public/vendor/laravel-filemanager/images/',
        'images_url'         => '/vendor/laravel-filemanager/images/',
  4. If the route is changed, make sure filebrowserImageBrowseUrl is correspond to your route :
            CKEDITOR.replace( 'editor', {
                filebrowserImageBrowseUrl: '/your-custom-route?type=Images'

    And be sure to include the ?type=Images parameter.

  5. To customize the views, run php artisan vendor:publish --tag=lfm_views

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Deven Rathore

I'm Deven Rathore, a multidisciplinary & self-taught designer with 3 years of experience. I'm passionate about technology, music, coffee, traveling and everything visually stimulating. Constantly learning and experiencing new things.

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