IRHM IRHM - 6 months ago 7
PHP Question

Upload Multiple Files In PHP

I wonder whether someone may be able to help me please.

Using some excellent online tutorials I've put together the code below which allows a user to upload image files to a server folder and the filename and other details to a mySQL database.

PHP Script

//define a maxim size for the uploaded images
//define ("MAX_SIZE","100");
// define the width and height for the thumbnail
// note that theese dimmensions are considered the maximum dimmension and are not fixed,
// because we have to keep the image ratio intact or it will be deformed
define ("WIDTH","150");
define ("HEIGHT","100");

// this is the function that will create the thumbnail image from the uploaded image
// the resize will be done considering the width and height defined, but without deforming the image
function make_thumb($img_name,$filename,$new_w,$new_h)
//get image extension.
//creates the new image using the appropriate function from gd library
if(!strcmp("jpg",$ext) || !strcmp("jpeg",$ext))


//gets the dimmensions of the image

// next we will calculate the new dimmensions for the thumbnail image
// the next steps will be taken:
// 1. calculate the ratio by dividing the old dimmensions with the new ones
// 2. if the ratio for the width is higher, the width will remain the one define in WIDTH variable
// and the height will be calculated so the image ratio will not change
// 3. otherwise we will use the height ratio for the image
// as a result, only one of the dimmensions will be from the fixed ones
if($ratio1>$ratio2) {
else {

// we create a new image with the new dimmensions

// resize the big image to the new created one

// output the created image to the file. Now we will have the thumbnail into the file named by $filename

//destroys source and destination images.

// This function reads the extension of the file.
// It is used to determine if the file is an image by checking the extension.
function getExtension($str) {
$i = strrpos($str,".");
if (!$i) { return ""; }
$l = strlen($str) - $i;
$ext = substr($str,$i+1,$l);
return $ext;
$title = ($_POST['title']);

if ($title == '') // if title is not set
$title = '(No Title Provided)';// use (empty title) string
//reads the name of the file the user submitted for uploading

if ($image)
// get the original name of the file from the clients machine
$filename = stripslashes($_FILES['image']['name']);

// get the extension of the file in a lower case format
$extension = getExtension($filename);
$extension = strtolower($extension);
// if it is not a known extension, we will suppose it is an error, print an error message
//and will not upload the file, otherwise we continue
if (($extension != "jpg") && ($extension != "jpeg") && ($extension != "png"))
echo '<b> Error! </b> - The image that you attempted to upload is not in the correct format. The file format <b> must </b> be one of the following: <b> "jpg", "jpeg" </b> or <b> "png" </b>. Please try again.';
// get the size of the image in bytes
// $_FILES[\'image\'][\'tmp_name\'] is the temporary filename of the file in which the uploaded file was stored on the server

//compare the size with the maxim size we defined and print error if bigger
if ($sizekb > 1150000)
echo '<b> Error! </b> - The file that you are attempting to upload is greater than the prescribed <b> 1MB </b> limit. Please try again.';

//we will give an unique name, for example the time in unix time format
//the new name will be containing the full path where will be stored (images folder)
$copied = copy($_FILES['image']['tmp_name'], $newname);
if (!$copied)
//echo '<b> Error! </b> Your file has not been loaded';
// the new thumbnail image will be placed in images/thumbs/ folder
// call the function that will create the thumbnail. The function will get as parameters
//the image name, the thumbnail name and the width and height desired for the thumbnail
} }}

//If no errors registred, print the success message and show the thumbnail image created
if(isset($_POST['Submit']) && !$errors)
//echo '<br><b> Success! </b> - Your image has been uploaded</br>';
//echo '<img src="'.$thumb_name.'">';
// Gets data from form
$userid = $_POST["userid"];
$locationid = $_POST["locationid"];
$findosgb36lat = $_POST["findosgb36lat"];
$findosgb36lon = $_POST["findosgb36lon"];
$dateoftrip = $_POST["dateoftrip"];
$findcategory = $_POST["findcategory"];
$findname = $_POST["findname"];
$finddescription = $_POST["finddescription"];
$detectorid= $_POST["detectorname"];
$searchheadid = $_POST["searchheadname"];
if( empty($_POST["detectorsettings"]) ) {
$detectorsettings = 'No details provided.'; } else {
$detectorsettings = $_POST["detectorsettings"]; }
if( empty($_POST["pasref"]) ) {
$pasref = 'No PAS Ref. number provided.'; } else {
$pasref = $_POST["pasref"]; }
if( empty($_POST["additionalcomments"]) ) {
$additionalcomments = 'No additional comments made.'; } else {
$additionalcomments = $_POST["additionalcomments"]; }
$makepublic = $_POST["makepublic"];

// Opens a connection to a MySQL server
$conn = mysql_connect ("hostname", $username, $password);
if (!$conn) {
die('Not connected : ' . mysql_error());

// Set the active MySQL database
$db_selected = mysql_select_db($database, $conn);
if (!$db_selected) {
die ('Can\'t use db : ' . mysql_error());

$sql = "INSERT INTO finds (userid, locationid, findosgb36lat, findosgb36lon, dateoftrip, findcategory, findname, finddescription, detectorid, searchheadid, detectorsettings, pasref, additionalcomments, makepublic) VALUES ('$userid', '$locationid', '$findosgb36lat', '$findosgb36lon', '$dateoftrip', '$findcategory', '$findname', '$finddescription', '$detectorid', '$searchheadid', '$detectorsettings', '$pasref', '$additionalcomments', '$makepublic')";
$result = mysql_query($sql, $conn);

$findid = mysql_insert_id($conn);

$sql = "INSERT INTO testimages (title, imagename, findid) VALUES ('$title', '$image_name', '$findid')";
$result = mysql_query($sql, $conn);

if (!$result) {
die('Invalid query: ' . mysql_error());



<form name="savemyfindstolocation" method="post" enctype="multipart/form-data" action="savemyfindstolocation.php">
<p align="left">Do You Wish To Add Find Images<label></label>
<div align="left">
<table id="addfiletable" border="1" style="table-layout:auto">
<td><div align="center">Title</div></td>
<td><div align="center">File Location </div></td>
<td width="20"><input name="select" type="radio" id="select" title=""/></td>
<td width="144"><input name="title" type="text" id="title"/></td>
<td width="314"><input name="image" type="file" id="image" onchange="addRow();" size="40"/></td>
<div align="justify">
<input type="submit" name="deleterow" value="Delete Row" />
<input name="submit" type="submit" value="Submit" />

It all works well, but I'd now like to extend the functionality of allowing a user to upload more than 1 file at a time. I've done a fair bit of research to look at how to upload multiple files, but I'm fairly new to PHP and a little unsure as to which is the best way to progress this.

I just wondered whether someone could perhaps have a look at what I've put together and offer some guidance on how I can change this to upload mutiple files upon the form submit.

Many thanks



foreach($_FILES['image']['name'] as $i => $name)
    // now $name holds the original file name
    $tmp_name = $_FILES['image']['tmp_name'][$i];
    $error = $_FILES['image']['error'][$i];
    $size = $_FILES['image']['size'][$i];
    $type = $_FILES['image']['type'][$i];

    if($error === UPLOAD_ERR_OK)
        $extension = getExtension($name);
        if( ! in_array(strtolower($extension, array('jpg', 'jpeg', 'png') )
            // Error, invalid extension detected
        else if ($size > $maxAllowedFileSize /* needs to be defined elsewhere */)
            // Error, file too large
            // No errors
            $newFileName = 'foo'; // You'll probably want something unique for each file.
            if(move_uploaded_file($tmp_file, $newFileName))
                // Uploaded file successfully moved to new location
                $thumbName = 'thumb_image_name';
                $thumb = make_thumb($newFileName, $thumbName, WIDTH, HEIGHT);


<form method="post" enctype="multipart/form-data">
    <input name="image[]" type="file" class="image-upload" />
    <input name="image[]" type="file" class="image-upload" />
    <input name="image[]" type="file" class="image-upload" />
    <input name="image[]" type="file" class="image-upload" />
    <input name="image[]" type="file" class="image-upload" />

    <!-- You need to add more, including a submit button -->

Note the name of the input elements. The [] at the end cause PHP to create an array and add the items to the array.