How to upload image with validation in PHP Codeigniter with example?

How to upload image with validation in PHP Codeigniter with example?

In this PHP Codeigniter Tutorial, I am going to tell you how to upload image on the server and also you will know how to add validation rule to file upload in Codeigniter.

I need a multipart form to upload file and in Codeigniter, There is a helper method form_open_multipart to open multipart form tag.

This is one of most common requirements for all the web application to have a file upload functionality.

For this example, I will have a simple HTML form with input field and a submit button as usually so that I can select the file and There are number of libraries with Codeigniter that reduce the development time and I am going to use upload library to upload the files very easily on the server.


In this first step, I will add routes in our route file for uploading image.

defined('BASEPATH') OR exit('No direct script access allowed');

$route['default_controller'] = 'welcome';
$route['404_override'] = '';
$route['translate_uri_dashes'] = FALSE;
$route['upload-image'] = 'UploadImage';
$route['upload-image/post']['post'] = "UploadImage/uploadImage";
Controller (UploadImage.php)

In this step, I will create a controller "UploadImage.php" and place the following code in it and save this file to application/controllers/ directory.


class UploadImage extends CI_Controller {

   public function __construct() { 
      $this->load->helper(array('form', 'url')); 

   public function index() { 
      $this->load->view('imageupload_view', array('error' => '' )); 

    * Method to upload image to the server
    * @return Response
   public function uploadImage() { 

      $config['upload_path']   = 'uploads/images/'; 
      $config['allowed_types'] = 'gif|jpeg|jpg|png'; 
      $config['max_size']      = 2048;
      $this->load->library('upload', $config);

      if ( ! $this->upload->do_upload('image')) {
         $error = array('error' => $this->upload->display_errors()); 
         $this->load->view('imageupload_view', $error); 
      }else { 
         echo "Upload Successful";


View (imageupload_view.php)

In this step, I will create a view imageupload_view.php file inside the application/views/ directory.

<!DOCTYPE html>
  <title>Image upload in Codeigniter with example</title> 

  <?php echo $error;?> 
  <?php echo form_open_multipart('upload-image/post');?> 
     <input type="file" name="image" />
     <input type="submit" name="submit" value="Upload" /> 

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