How to Check If File Exists Using Laravel
In this article, we will discuss 3 ways to check if a file exists using Laravel’s functionalities.
Let’s start off with the
Storage Facade which is part of the Laravel filesystem.
It provides an easy way to check if a file exists within the project’s storage directory.
We can use the
exists('path_to_file') method which takes a single argument, which is the path to the file, and returns true if the file exists, or false otherwise.
Another way is to use the
File facade which is also part of the Laravel filesystem.
We can use the same
exists('path_to_file') method or the
Now let’s get to the cool part!
Storage vs File Facade
Which one to use?
Under the hood, both
isFile() methods use the PHP built-in functions (
is_file() ) without any additional logic.
You can check the source code here.
It’s up to you to decide which way you wanna go.
But to have a good developer experience while working on your project, it’s good to have in mind the differences between the
File facade is used to interact with the local file system, while the
Storage facade is often used to interact with cloud-based storage operations such as Amazon S3, Google Cloud Storage. and more.
It’s better to use the appropriate Facade because that hints you the environment you’re working with.
Happy coding 😊
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