How to Check if Request Has File or Image in Laravel?

Last updated on March 14, 2023

The hasFile() method from the Request class checks if the incoming request has a file or not. It takes the input field name as an argument and returns true when it finds the file in the incoming request.


hasFile(string $inputFieldName)


It has one required parameter in which you need to pass the input field name or name of the request.

Return Value

It returns bool (true or false).


You can use hasFile() method in the if-statement.

if($request->hasFile('image_input')) {
    // This code block will run when the request has the file.

In the above statement, we added the hasFile() method that checks if the incoming request has a file. Below is the complete code from the FileUploadController.

namespace App\Http\Controllers;

use Illuminate\Http\Request;

class FileUploadController extends Controller
    public function upload(Request $request)
        // it checks if request has file
        if($request->hasFile('image_input')) {

            // it prints the data of the image from request and stops further execution

        // it uploads the file
        $path = $request->file('image_input')->store('uploads');

        // redirect back with success message
        return redirect()->back()->with('message', 'Image has been successfully uploaded.');


This article demonstrates how can you check if the incoming request has a file or image. Laravel provides hasFile() method that checks the file in the incoming request. It takes the input name as an argument and returns a bool.

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