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This package provides a convenient to manage Google App Engine Images API through Laravel.

Images API allows you to upload an image once to your GCS bucket and afterwards generate unlimited thumbnails just by requesting the specified size in the image-url. No delay, storage concerns or re-generate commands.


Please checkout for more information on Images API and how to setup an imageserver for your project.

This package assumes you already have a configured App Engine imageserver and GCS Bucket.


You can install this package via composer:

composer require makeabledk/laravel-cloud-images

Add a new gcs disk to your filesystems.php config

'gcs' => [
    'driver' => 'gcs',
    'project_id' => env('GOOGLE_CLOUD_PROJECT_ID', 'your-project-id'),
    'key_file' => env('GOOGLE_CLOUD_KEY_FILE', '/path/to/service-account.json'), 
    'bucket' => env('GOOGLE_CLOUD_STORAGE_BUCKET', 'your-bucket'),

See for more details about configuring filesystems.php.

Creating a Google Service Account

You can create a service account key file through these steps

  • Head to your project's Google Cloud Console and locate IAM -> Service accounts
  • Create a new service account with an appropriate name, ie. sa-PROJECT-NAME-webapp-ENVIRONMENT.
  • On the second step it prompts you to grant permissions. You should as a minimum grant Storage Object Admin permissions
  • Finally you should Create key and download a json key file. Place it in your storage folder and set path in filesystems.php accordingly

Upgrading from 0.16.x -> 0.17.0

This release introduces new database fields for responsive images. Please publish migrations and optionally generate placeholders.

php artisan vendor:publish --provider="Makeable\CloudImages\CloudImagesServiceProvider"
php artisan migrate
php artisan cloud-images:placeholders

Basic usage

Upload an image

Easily upload a \Illuminate\Http\File or \Illuminate\Http\UploadedFile to your GCS bucket and create an image-url for it.

$file = request()->file('image'); // assuming you uploaded a file through a form
$uploaded = \CloudImage::upload($file); // filename will be a hash of the uploaded file
$uploadedToPath = \CloudImage::upload($file, 'path/filename.jpg'); // optionally specify path and filename yourself
echo $uploaded->url; // imageserver url, eg:
echo $uploaded->path; // path in bucket

Delete an image

Using the delete method will both delete the bucket file and destroy serving-image URL.


Note that image-serving URL's can take up to 24 hours to clear from cache

The good stuff: Generating images on the fly

Now that our image is served by Google, we can manipulate it on the fly.

All you have to do to start manipulating images, is an instance of ImageFactory:

$image = \CloudImage::upload($file)->make();
// or ...
$image = new \Makeable\CloudImages\ImageFactory($url); 

Contain to max dimension


Example result:

Example image 1

Crop to dimensions

$image->crop(300, 100)->get(); // Crop from top
$image->cropCenter(300, 100)->get(); // Crop from center

Example result:

Example image 1

Example image 2

Stretch to dimensions

$image->scale(300, 100)->get(); 

Example result:

Example image 1


$image->blur(15)->get(); // Blur 15% 

Example result:

Example image 1

Custom parameters (advanced)

If the functionality you need is not provided by the package, you can specify your own google-compatible parameters:

$image->original()->param('fv')->get(); // This image will be flipped vertically

Example image 3

Checkout our makeabledk/appengine-php-imageserver repository for more information on available parameters.

Media Library usage (recommended)

For the examples so far there has been no need to publish any migrations. You are completely free to only use this package for uploading and retrieving image files from Google.

However, while uploading and serving images is all well and good, you will likely need to store the references in your database and attach them to some existing models.

This package will likely provide you with most of the functionality you'll ever need for dealing with images in your application.

Extended installation

1. Install rutorika/sortable package which is used to track sort-order (required)

composer require rutorika/sortable

2. Install intervention/image to read and store exif-data on your images (optional)

composer require intervention/image 

3. Publish and run migrations

php artisan vendor:publish --provider="Makeable\CloudImages\CloudImagesServiceProvider"
php artisan migrate

Uploading images

$image = \Makeable\CloudImages\Image::upload($file); // returns a persisted Image model instance (eloquent)

echo $image->path; // bucket path
echo $image->url; // image-serving url
echo $image->meta; // exif data 

Model attachment with multiple images

First, use the HasImages trait on your parent model.

class Product extends Eloquent
    use Makeable\CloudImages\HasImages;

Now you have an images() belongs-to-many relationship you can utilize as you normally would:


Ordering attached images

Images will be kept in the order you attach them. However, you are free to reorder them afterwards.

$product = Product::first();
$images = $product->images; // In this example we assume a collection of a few images

$product->images()->moveBefore($images->get(2), $images->first());

Checkout the Sortable many to many section of the rutorika/sortable package.

Model attachment with a single image

If your model is expected to have just one image, you may use the convenient image() helper provided by the same HasImages trait.

class Product extends Eloquent
    use Makeable\CloudImages\HasImages;
// Always returns an Image instance - even if none uploaded
$image = Product::first()->image(); 

On the Image instance you may use the make() method to generate the size you need.

// Returns a url (string) or NULL if no image attached
$url =  $image->make()->cropCenter(500, 400)->get(); 

Differentiating between image types

Sometimes you may wish to have different types of 'single images' on a model. Use the optional tag parameter to achieve this behavior.


Note: Tagging is only intended through the image($tag) helper as the rutorika/sortable package does not differentiate between tags when applying order.

Replacing images

Use the replaceWith method on the Image model to swap any Image with another while preserving attachments.

This is especially useful in combination with the image() helper:

  • If the product did not have a 'featured' image, it would simple attach the new one
  • If the product did already have 'featured' image it would get replaced, and the old one deleted
Pro tip: Use an eloquent mutator to set the new image
class Product extends Eloquent
    use \Makeable\CloudImages\HasImages;
    public function setImageAttribute($file)
        return $this->image()->replaceWith(Image::upload($file));
Product::first()->image = request('image'); // replace image with an UploadedFile 'image'

In your controller it would work seamlessly when validating and filling the model (Laravel 5.5 example).

public function store(Request $request)
    return Product::create(
            'image' => 'required|image',
            // ... some other fields

Configuring image sizes per model

Often times you want a few pre-configured sizes available. In this example we would like 'square' and 'wide' available on our Product model.

We may extend the Image model and use that on our Product->images() relationship.

class Product extends Eloquent
    use \Makeable\CloudImages\HasImages;
    protected $useImageClass = ProductImage::class;
class ProductImage extends \Makeable\CloudImages\Image
    public function getSquareAttribute()
        return $this->make()->cropCenter(500, 500)->get();

    public function getWideAttribute()
        return $this->make()->cropCenter(1200, 400)->get();

Now you can access the sizes simply by referencing them as properties.

echo Product::first()->image()->square; // single image usage
echo Product::first()->images->first()->wide; // multiple images usage

Remember to add the sizes to $appends attribute if you want them available when casting to array:

class ProductImage extends Image
    protected $appends = ['square', 'wide'];
    // ...

In Laravel 5.5, ApiResources would be a great place to append your image sizes as well.

Responsive images

Given the previous example of a product image, we may use the responsive() method to generate a collection of responsive image sizes.

By doing this, we can serve srcset optimized images on our website.

// Returns collection of ImageFactory instances width contiously smaller images

// Returns contents of the html srcset attribute

// Returns an array containing src, srcet and width attribute - especially useful for API responses

// Returns <img> element with srcset attribute
(string) Product::first()->image()->make()->original()->responsive(); 

Of course all the available transformations are still available for responsive images.

Product::first()->image()->make()->crop(500, 400)->param('fv')->responsive()->get(); 

The approach for responsive images is heavily inspired by the spatie/laravel-medialibrary package and offer the same functionality (including placeholders).

Consider reading their documentation for a very thorough explanation of the concept.

Also be sure to checkout their demo here: Responsive images demo

Finally consider checking out ResponsiveTest.php for more usage examples this package offers.

Cleaning up old images

Deleting an image

When deleting an Image instance, the CloudImage::delete() method is automatically fired to delete the actual bucket file.

Deleting images with no attachment

Over time your images table may get bloated with images that no longer has model-attachments to them.

Use the cloud-images:cleanup command to delete images (along with the actual bucket files) that are no longer used.

php artisan cloud-images:cleanup


You can run the tests with:

composer test


We are happy to receive pull requests for additional functionality. Please see CONTRIBUTING for details.



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