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  1. #1
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    Apr 2012

    Post Picture File Upload Database PHP

    I am trying to add a picture upload for a project that i am currently doing, but whenever i try this it does not display correctly on the page. But if i add the picture using phpMyadmin it displays fine on the webpage. To display the image on the page i am using this code.
    HTML Code:
    <img src="data:image/jpeg;base64,'. base64_encode( $row['review_picture'] ). '" style="height: 150px; width: 150px;"  />
    For the upload i am working on, it involves a form, with other inputs beside the file upload, but the code below, is in its basic form

    HTML Code:
    <form action="new_review.php" method="post" name="myForm">
    <label>Review Picture: </label><input type="file" name="review_picture" id="review_picture">
    But the part which i am really struggling on is the page, which it is posted to.

    PHP Code:
    $data file_get_contents('$_POST[review_picture]');
    $data base64_encode($data);
    mysqli_query($connection_Var,"INSERT INTO review(review_picture) VALUES ('$base64')  or die (mysql_error());

        header( 'Location: ../index.php');
        function Open_Connection()

    $connection_Var = mysqli_connect("localhost","root","","review_db"); 
        if (mysqli_connect_errno(
          echo "
    Failed to connect to MySQL" . mysqli_connect_error();
    function Close_Connection()
    I have tried many different ways round this, what ever i try i can't quite get the hang of it, and tbf it the last piece of code is a bit of rough guess. I would be really grateful for any help.

  2. #2
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    Apr 2012
    So what i'm thinking at the moment is that once the image has been posted to the php page, it then needs to be converted to the base64, which i think is correct, because i use base64 to display a image uploaded directly to the database. And then the base64 code, should then be added to to "INSERT INTO" etc, right? But i just don't actually know how i would actually do this.

  3. #3
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    Aug 2004
    My first suggestion would be to not store the actual image in the DB, since it's just a binary file that you are never going to search or sort on. Instead, store in the file system (since it is, in fact, just a file), perhaps generating some sort of unique file name for it (see uniqid(), etc.), then store information about the image (including its file name) in the database. Then your image-serving script just needs to query the DB to get the applicable file name, send an appropriate content-type header() (probably also retrieved from the DB), then do a readfile() on the actual image file.
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  4. #4
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    May 2013
    Nice topic, its really helpful for me, thanks to all of you for sharing your ideas and feedback.

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