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Using Dropzone.js with Laravel

Nov 28, 2023



Dropzone.js is a JavaScript library that provides drag and drop file uploads with image previews. It’s lightweight, doesn’t depend on any other library (like jQuery) and is highly customizable.

In this tutorial I'm going to walk you through how I setup and use Dropzone.js with Laravel. I'm going to assume you already have a Laravel application up and running and plan to integrate Dropzone.js into an existing form.


  • Dropzone.js CSS
  • Dropzone.js JS
  • jQuery
  • An existing Laravel application


Using it's CDN is the easiest way to get started with Dropzone.js. Just add the following script tag to your blade partials:


<script src="https://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/dropzone/4.2.0/min/dropzone.min.js"></script>




Dropzone.js is a breeze to set up. First, add two API routes to your web.php file to handle the file uploads and deletions:


    Route::post('/file/upload/', 'FileUploadController@upload');
    Route::post('/file/delete_upload/', 'FileUploadController@delete_upload');

Next, add the following HTML to your file upload page where the upload form is located. This will create a dropzone area where users can drag and drop files to upload. It will also create a hidden input field that will store the file names of the uploaded files. This is useful if you want to save the file names to a database table.

<form enctype="multipart/form-data">
  <div class="control-group">
    <label class="control-label" for="period">Invoices</label>
    <div class="controls">
      <div class="form-group dropzone" id="dZUpload"></div>
      <div id="image_gallery"></div>

Next, add the following JavaScript to your file upload page. This will initialize the dropzone area and handle the file uploads and deletions.

  Dropzone.options.dZUpload = {
    headers: { "X-CSRF-TOKEN": $('meta[name="csrf-token"]').attr("content") },
    url: "{{ url()->current() }}/upload",
    autoProcessQueue: true,
    uploadMultiple: true,
      "<h4>Drop files here or click to upload document(s)<h4>",
    parallelUploads: 5,
    maxFiles: 5,
    maxFilesize: 20000,
    acceptedFiles: "image/*,.pdf,.doc,.docx,.odt,.rtf,.docx",
    addRemoveLinks: true,
    removedfile: function (file) {
      var name = file.name;
        type: "POST",
        headers: {
          "X-CSRF-TOKEN": $('meta[name="csrf-token"]').attr("content"),
        url: "{{ url()->current() }}/delete_upload",
        data: "id=" + name,
        dataType: "html",
      var _ref;
      return (_ref = file.previewElement) != null
        ? _ref.parentNode.removeChild(file.previewElement)
        : void 0;
    success: function (file, response) {
    error: function (file, response) {

Finally, add the following controller methods to handle the file uploads and deletions:

    public function upload(Request $request)
        $file = $request->file('file');
        $filename = $file->getClientOriginalName();
        $file->move(public_path('uploads'), $filename);
        return response()->json($filename);
    public function delete_upload(Request $request)
        $filename = $request->get('id');
        $path = public_path() . '/uploads/' . $filename;
        if (file_exists($path)) {
        return $filename;

That's it! You should now have a working file upload form that uses Dropzone.js.


Dropzone.js is a great library for handling file uploads. It's lightweight, easy to use and highly customizable. I hope this tutorial has helped you get started with Dropzone.js and Laravel. If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below.