Digital Ocean Spaces with Laravel Backpack


Fact Nº 1 —► Amazon S3 is compatible with Laravel

Fact Nº 2 —► Digital Ocean Spaces is compatible with Amazon S3

Transitive property  —► Digital Ocean Spaces is compatible with Laravel

Step-by-step Guide

  1. Install via Composer Flysystem Adapter for AWS SDK V3
    composer require league/flysystem-aws-s3-v3
  2. Add the following disk to the array located in Config/filesystems.php
    'do_spaces' => [
        'driver' => 's3',
        'key' => env('DO_SPACES_KEY'),
        'secret' => env('DO_SPACES_SECRET'),
        'endpoint' => env('DO_SPACES_ENDPOINT'),
        'region' => env('DO_SPACES_REGION'),
        'bucket' => env('DO_SPACES_BUCKET'),
  3. Add the following variables to your .env file
    DO_SPACES_SECRET= (example)
    DO_SPACES_REGION=SFO2 (example)

At this point, the setup should be ready. Now we will create two functions in a controller to upload and get files in Digital Ocean. 

Upload image to disk:

After using the 'upload' field (Link), you will have to create a mutator on your model, where:

$attribute_name: name of the model's attribute
$disk: name of the disk configured before
$destination_path: name of the folder you want to store the files in Digital Ocean Space

public function setFileAttribute($value)
    $attribute_name = "file";
    $disk = "do_spaces";
    $destination_path = "name-of-the-folder-inside-dospace";
    $this->uploadFileToDisk($value, $attribute_name, $disk, $destination_path);

Get image from disk:

public function getFile($id){
    $document = Document::where('id','=', $id)->firstOrFail();
    $file = Storage::disk('do_spaces')->get($document->file);
    $mimetype = \GuzzleHttp\Psr7\mimetype_from_filename($document->file);
    $headers = [
        'Content-Type' => $mimetype,
    return response($file, 200, $headers);

As you may know, it is always a good idea to store your resources in the cloud, so go ahead and start the integration :)

Some of the advantages are:

  • Low cost
  • Availability
  • Easy to manage
  • Security
  • Scalability on-demand
  • Regular backups