Drag and Drop file upload using Dropzone in Laravel 7

Dropzone is easier to add on the page. It allows either uploading the file by drag & drop or file browse. It displays file preview after upload.

In Laravel, need to also pass the CSRF token for uploading the files.

In this tutorial, I show how you can upload a file using dropzone in Laravel 7.

Drag and Drop file upload with Dropzone in Laravel 7


  1. Download
  2. Route
  3. Controller
  4. View
  5. Output
  6. Conclusion

1. Download

  • Download Dropzone library from here
  • Extract the downloaded files in public/ folder.
  • You can also CDN –
<script src="https://unpkg.com/dropzone@5/dist/min/dropzone.min.js"></script>
<link rel="stylesheet" href="https://unpkg.com/dropzone@5/dist/min/dropzone.min.css" type="text/css" />

2. Route

  • Open routes/web.php file.
  • Define 2 routes –
  • The 2nd route is used for Dropzone file upload.

3. Controller

  • Create UsersController Controller.
php artisan make:controller UsersController
  • Open app/Http/Controllers/UsersController.php file.
  • Import Carbon\Carbon.
  • Create two methods –
    • index – Load users.index view.
    • fileupload – This method is used to upload the selected file of Dropzone.

Assign upload location to $destinationPath variable.

Get the file extension and initialize valid file extension in $validextensions Array.

Check the file extension is exists in $validextension Array. If exists then rename the file and upload it.

Completed Code


namespace App\Http\Controllers;

use Illuminate\Http\Request;

class UsersController extends Controller {

  public function index(){
     return view('users.index');

  File upload
  public function fileupload(Request $request){

     if($request->hasFile('file')) {

       // Upload path
       $destinationPath = 'files/';

       // Get file extension
       $extension = $request->file('file')->getClientOriginalExtension();

       // Valid extensions
       $validextensions = array("jpeg","jpg","png","pdf");

       // Check extension
       if(in_array(strtolower($extension), $validextensions)){

          // Rename file 
          $fileName = $request->file('file')->getClientOriginalName().time() .'.' . $extension;
          // Uploading file to given path
          $request->file('file')->move($destinationPath, $fileName); 



4. View

Create file –

  • Create a new folder users at resources/views/ folder.
  • In resources/views/users/ folder create a new index.blade.php file.

Include CSS and JS –

  • Specify csrf_token() in the <meta >.
  • Include Dropzone CSS and JS files at the <head > section.

Dropzone container –

  • Create <form class='dropzone' >. Pass {{route('users.fileupload')}} in action attribute.

Script –

  • Read CSRF token from <meta > tag and assign in CSRF_TOKEN variable.
  • Disable dropzone auto-discovery by assigning false – Dropzone.autoDiscover = false;.
  • Initialize dropzone on class='dropzone'. Set max upload file size to 3 MB and upload file extensions – jpeg, jpg, png, and pdf.
  • Use dropzone 'sending' event to pass CSRF_TOKEN with formData – formData.append("_token", CSRF_TOKEN).

Completed Code

<!DOCTYPE html>
    <title>Drag and Drop file upload with Dropzone in Laravel 7</title>

    <!-- Meta -->
    <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8">
    <meta charset="utf-8">
    <meta name="csrf-token" content="{{ csrf_token() }}">

    <!-- CSS -->
    <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="{{asset('dropzone/dist/min/dropzone.min.css')}}">

    <!-- JS -->
    <script src="{{asset('dropzone/dist/min/dropzone.min.js')}}" type="text/javascript"></script>


    <div class='content'>
      <!-- Dropzone -->
      <form action="{{route('users.fileupload')}}" class='dropzone' >

    <!-- Script -->
    var CSRF_TOKEN = document.querySelector('meta[name="csrf-token"]').getAttribute("content");

    Dropzone.autoDiscover = false;
    var myDropzone = new Dropzone(".dropzone",{ 
        maxFilesize: 3,  // 3 mb
        acceptedFiles: ".jpeg,.jpg,.png,.pdf",
    myDropzone.on("sending", function(file, xhr, formData) {
       formData.append("_token", CSRF_TOKEN);


5. Output

View Output

6. Conclusion

You need to pass the CSRF token to upload the file using Dropzone. For this require to explicitly initialize dropzone and pass the token.

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17 thoughts on “Drag and Drop file upload using Dropzone in Laravel 7”

  1. you example has this pointing to localhost:8000 what if this is on a server in teh cloud you get to from DNS ? I went through the example and had no idea how ot access it from the url

  2. I’m new to laravel, and the above didn’t work. I had to make sure I included the UsersController in the web.php routes. It was throwing error 500. Everything is fine now. Thanks!

    • how did you do this? I have the same issue (Error: Target class [UsersController] does not exist.). I am also new to Laravel – would be awesome if you can share some more detailled info like the improved web.php route. Thanks a lot.

      • Hi Sophie,
        Check the laravel version using this command – php artisan –version

        If the version is 8 then you need to import the controller in the web.php file –

        use App\Http\Controllers\UsersController;

        You can view this tutorial for reference.

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