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Media manager is a basic file uploader and manager component for Laravel written in Vue.js 2.0

For Vue.js 1.x please use Version 1.0.x

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# Introduction

Media Manager provides a simple way for users to upload and manage content to be used throughout your project.

# Requirements

# Installation

To get started, install Media Manager via the Composer package manager:

composer require talvbansal/media-manager

Next, register the Media Manager service provider in the providers array of your config/app.php configuration file (For Laravel 5.5 users, you do not need to register as it is now auto discovered):


# Routing and Middleware

The Media Manager service provider does not automatically register routes for the Media Manager to work. This is so that you can add custom middleware around those routes. You can register all of the routes required for the Media Manager by adding the following to your routes/web.php file:


Should you wish to add middleware around the Media Manager routes you can using the normal Route::group syntax or using the Media Managers config file.

php artisan vendor:publish --tag=media-manager

After publishing the packages assets a new config file will appear at /config/media-manager.php. Simply add the desired middleware to the middleware array.

If you want to change the root prefix of the routes from /admin/ you can do so by changing the media-manager.routes.prefix value in the config file published above. However amending the prefix value will require you to pass a new prefix prop to your media-manager markup that corresponds directly to this value.

# Assets

After registering the Media Manager service provider, you should publish the Media Manager assets using the vendor:publish Artisan command:

php artisan vendor:publish --tag=media-manager --force

Media Manager assets are not published to the public folder as would be normally expected, instead they will be published to /resources/vendor/talvbansal. Since the Media Manger is written in vue.js 2.0 you'll need to use webpack or another bundler to get the code ready for the browser. You can then bundle these with your existing project assets.


First you'll need to add the media-manager reference within your resources/js/app.js file:


// Add this line...

const app = new Vue({
    el: '#app'
# Laravel Mix (Laravel 5.4+)
// -- webpack.mix.js --
const { mix } = require('laravel-mix');

// Copy SVG images into the public directory...
mix.copy('resources/vendor/talvbansal/media-manager/fonts/', 'public/fonts/');

Then make sure that the styles are bundled and icons copied to the public directory:

// -- app.scss --
@import "../vendor/talvbansal/media-manager/css/media-manager.css";

By default the media manager uses the public disk to store its uploads. The storage path for the public disk by default is storage/app/public. To make these files accessible from the web, use the following storage:link artisan command to generate a symbolic link to public/storage:

php artisan storage:link

Read more about the public disk on the Laravel documentation.

If you wish to change the disk that media manager stores its files to you can create a new entry in your projects .env file with the name of MEDIA_MANAGER_STORAGE_DISK and the name of the disk configured within config/filesystems.php. Any flysystem adapter which supports the url method should work.


Some cloud flysystems like AWS S3 supports access modes. All File Uploads via media-manger are public by default. It can be changed by specifying it in env MEDIA_MANAGER_ACCESS or directly via config media-manager.php if you have published the package's config in your project.

# Getting Started

The Media Manager is written in Vue.js 2.x and comes bundled with all the dependencies required to get going very quickly.

To avoid CSRF issues you will need to add the following to your layout if it does not already exist:

    <meta name="csrf-token" content="{{ csrf_token() }}">

# Media Manager Components

The Media Manager package will register 2 new usable vue.js components:

  • <media-manager>
  • <media-modal>

The <media-manager> component is the core component that provides all of the Media Manager functionality and <media-modal> is a component used to build the internal modal windows of the Media Manager. The <media-modal> component can also be used to open the Media Manager itself inside a modal window.

# Stand Alone Media Manager

If you just need an instance of the Media Manager getting started is easy. Just create a <media-manager> tag within the scope of your Vue instance:

    <div id="app">

This will create a Media Manager that will allow you to do all of the following:

  • Navigate directories
  • Upload new files
  • Create new folders
  • Rename items
  • Move items
  • Delete items

Modal Window Media Manager

Setting up a Media Manager within a modal window requires a bit more markup and configuration.

You'll need to do the following:

  1. Create a <media-manager> component nested within a <media-modal> component.
  2. Add the :is-modal="true" property to the Media Manager component : <media-manager :is-modal="true">
  3. Create a way to open and close the modal window.
    • Within the data object of your root Vue instance create a boolean property to hold the visible state of the modal window with a default value of false, showMediaManager = false.
    • Add a v-if directive to the <media-modal> component and use the newly created showMediaManager property to toggle the modal window's visibility, <media-modal v-if="showMediaManager"></media-modal>.
    • Create a button to open the modal window and get it change the property bound to the modal window's show property to true
    • Add listeners for the @media-modal-close event to the <media-modal> and <media-manager> components so that they can close the modal window

Here is an example of all of the above:

    <div id="app">
        <media-modal v-if="showMediaManager" @media-modal-close="showMediaManager = false">
                @media-modal-close="showMediaManager = false"
        <button @click="showMediaManager = true">
            Show Media Manager

        new Vue({
        el: '#app',
            data: {
                showMediaManager: false,

As well as providing all of the functionality that the normal <media-manager> component gives, when displayed within a modal window, buttons to close the window and select files are rendered.

# Notification Events

So that you can make use of your projects existing notification system the Media Manager emits events than can be listened on using a separate Vue instance that is automatically created and added to the window with a name of eventHub (if window.eventHub doesn't already exist). The event emitted for notifications is called media-manager-notification and has the following signature : (message, type, time).

- message: string
- type : string
- time : int

A listener can be added to either the created() method of your root vue instance or a component:

    new Vue({
        el: '#app',
        created: function(){
            window.eventHub.$on('media-manager-notification', function (message, type, time) {
                // Your custom notification call here...

# Selected Item Events

When selecting an item through a Media Manager instance that has been opened within a modal window a new select event type is emitted. Like notifications select will mean different things depending on the use of the application, there may even be a number of different uses cases for the Media Manager within an application.

To handle instances where different things may need to happen when a select event is triggered the Media Manager lets you define a custom event name to be emitted using the selected-event-name property:

<media-modal v-if="showMediaManager" @media-modal-close="showMediaManager = false">
        @media-modal-close="showMediaManager = false"

When select is called a custom event is dispatched that can be listened for using Vue's events listeners. The event name dispatched is dynamically generated by the selected-event-name property's value prefixed with media-manager-selected- For example if the selected-event-name property was set to editor the event dispatched would be media-manager-selected-editor and we could handle the event using the window.eventHub as follows:

    new Vue({
        el : '#app',
            showMediaManager: false,
            selectedEventName: 'editor'

            window.eventHub.$on('media-manager-selected-editor', (file) => {
                // Do something with the file info...

                // Hide the Media Manager...
                this.showMediaManager = false;

The prefix on the event names is to avoid / reduce any potential event names clashes on the event hub.