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Storing Images In MySQL

Note: This article has been replaced by Storing Images in MySQL Revisited (by Quentin Zervaas, 2010). We've left this article here for historical purposes, but we strongly recommend you use the newer article instead.

The Upload Form

The upload for is basically the same as for any file upload

Listing 3 listing-3.php
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN"
  "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
 
<html>
    <head><title>File Upload To Database</title></head>
    <body>
        <h3>Please Choose a File and click Submit</h3>
 
        <form enctype="multipart/form-data" action="<?php echo $_SERVER['PHP_SELF']; ?>" method="post">
            <input type="hidden" name="MAX_FILE_SIZE" value="10000000" />
            <input name="userfile[]" type="file" />
            <input type="submit" value="Submit" />
        </form>
    </body>
</html>

It is important to use the enctype="multipart/form-data" so that the browser uploads the binary data correctly.

No surprises here, although we do stress you have the hidden field for MAX_FILE_SIZE. This can be handy for not allowing images that are too large to be uploaded. Remember also about the PHP upload_max_filesize setting.

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Article History

Apr 21, 9804
Initial article version
Jan 18, 2008
Updated listing 5 to not include non-existent conf.php