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Upload images in Ckeditor 5 with Laravel

David Carr

Laravel Framework CKEditor Packages Tools

CKeditor 5 out of the box does not come with upload capabilities. Uploading is supported with its plugins, some are official paid plugins that require subscriptions. There are a few free options.

Base64 upload adapter

This plugin allows uploads that will convert an uploaded image into base64 data. Very easy to use but will require you to save the complete base64 code with the post, this can be get long.


Simple image adapter

An image upload tool. It allows uploading images to an application running on your server using the XMLHttpRequest API with a minimal editor configuration.


Use the online builder to add the simple image adapter then download the generated bundle unzip and place the folder inside a publicly accessible place in Laravel. such as /public/js/ckeditor5

Then link ckeditor.js in the pages you want to use Ckeditor

<script src="/js/ckeditor5/build/ckeditor.js"></script>

Using Ckeditor in a textarea.

I've made a blade component called Ckeditor so I can use:

<x-form.ckeditor wire:model="content" name="content" />

To render the editor. I'm using Livewire and AlpineJS.

The component looks like this:

    'name' => '',
    'label' => '',
    'required' => false

@if ($label == '')
        //remove underscores from name
        $label = str_replace('_', ' ', $name);
        //detect subsequent letters starting with a capital
        $label = preg_split('/(?=[A-Z])/', $label);
        //display capital words with a space
        $label = implode(' ', $label);
        //uppercase first letter and lower the rest of a word
        $label = ucwords(strtolower($label));
<div wire:ignore class="mt-5">
    @if ($label !='none')
        <label for="{{ $name }}" class="block text-sm font-medium leading-5 text-gray-700 dark:text-gray-200">{{ $label }} @if ($required != '') <span class="text-red-600">*</span>@endif</label>
                .create($refs.item, {
                simpleUpload: {
                    uploadUrl: '{{ url('admin/image-upload') }}'
                .then(editor => {
                    editor.model.document.on('change:data', () => {
					@this.set('{{ $name }}', editor.getData());
                .catch(error => {
        {{ $attributes }}
        {{ $slot }}
    <p class="error">{{ $message }}</p>

the important part is:

simpleUpload: {
    uploadUrl: '{{ url('admin/image-upload') }}'

This tells Ckeditor where to upload files to.

My route is defined inside an auth group so you have to be authenticated in order to use the upload route.

Route::middleware(['web', 'auth'])->group(function () {
    //other routes
    Route::post('admin/image-upload', [UploadController::class, 'index']);

Next create an UploadController:

<?php namespace App\Http\Controllers;

use Illuminate\Http\Request;
use Illuminate\Support\Facades\Storage;
use Illuminate\Support\Str;
use Intervention\Image\Facades\Image;

class UploadController
    public function index(Request $request)
        if ($request->hasFile('upload')) {

            $file = $request->file('upload');
            $name = $file->getClientOriginalName();
            $name = Str::slug($name);
            $img  = Image::make($file);
            $name = str_replace('png', '', $name).'.png';

            Storage::disk('images')->put('posts/'.$name, $img);

            return response()->json([
                'url' => "/images/posts/$name"


First check if there is a file request.

Next collect to the file, define its file name.

$file = $request->file('upload');
$name = $file->getClientOriginalName();

I'll use a slug to rename the file name.

$name = Str::slug($name);

Next I use Intervention package to use its Image class to make the image and stream it.

$img = Image::make($file);

Next remove any unwanted text from the file name

$name = str_replace('png', '', $name).'.png';

Then save the image 

Storage::disk('images')->put('posts/'.$name, $img);

Finally return the image path so Ckeditor can load the image into the textarea

return response()->json([
    'url' => "/images/posts/$name"


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