Image CRUD for laravel

Install from scratch

Note: If you've already installed laravel to your project, skip to the Step 3.

Step 1. Create a new folder for your project

Let's say that we name our project "my_project". So now we actually have an empty folder.

Step 2. Install Laravel (duh!)

Install Laravel. In our case we are simply using the composer command:

composer create-project laravel/laravel --prefer-dist

Follow all the instructions of the laravel installation guide such as configurations, permissions, pretty URLs... e.t.c. If you have any issues with the installation , ask laravel's community

At the end of the installation, you should have something like the below folder structure (my_project/laravel):


Make sure that all your configurations are pointing to the laravel project. For now we will just use an example domain that it will point at For the references only, I am using apache with virtual hosts, so I've added the below configurations to my httpd-vhosts.conf (I am using MAMP)

NameVirtualHost *:8888

    DocumentRoot "/private/var/www/test/my_project/laravel/public"

Now if everything goes well (that I hope it will!), you will see the You have arrived message in your browser by typing (or at MAMP)

As the full installation of Laravel is not the purpose of this guide. If you have any questions, please ask: stackoverflow, laravel's community or a friend :)

Step 3. Add the composer file for image-crud in your project.

So now add the below line at the "require" section:

"grocerycrud/imagecrud-laravel": "0.7.*"

An example of how the composer.json will look like is:

        "name": "laravel/laravel",
        "description": "The Laravel Framework.",
        "keywords": ["framework", "laravel"],
        "license": "MIT",
        "require": {
                "laravel/framework": "4.1.*",
                "grocerycrud/imagecrud-laravel": "0.7.*"

        "minimum-stability": "stable"

Step 4. Open your command line and run "composer update"

So now simply run:

composer update

and wait...

If everything goes well, you should see something like this:

Loading composer repositories with package information
Updating dependencies (including require-dev)
  - Installing grocerycrud/imagecrud-laravel (0.7.0)
    Loading from cache

Writing lock file
Generating autoload files
Generating optimized class loader
Compiling common classes

Now theoritically we've installed image CRUD to our project as a composer package. In order to actually install it to our project we need few more steps.

Step 5. Copy the assets folder to your public folder

That's simple! Just copy the assets folder (you will find it at: /your_project_path/vendor/grocerycrud/imagecrud-laravel/assets) to your public folder (in our case /your_project_path/public/assets).

At the end of the copy, the folder structure will look something like:

image CRUD folder structure [IMAGE]

Congrats! You've just installed image CRUD to your project. There are few things that you need to get started with image CRUD first. Let's see an example of how to implement grocery CRUD in your controller

Note: The only difference between ImageCRUD for laravel and ImageCRUD for codeigniter is that we use: ImageCrud() instead of Image_CRUD() that we use in codeignter. Also the ImageCrud class is at the namespace ImageCrud\Core , so you will need to use this in your code:
use ImageCrud\Core\ImageCrud;
$crud = new ImageCrud();
for example:
use ImageCrud\Core\ImageCrud;
class ExampleController extends BaseController {
     * The layout that should be used for responses.
    protected $layout = 'layout';
    public function postExample1()
        return $this->getExample1();
    public function getExample1()
        $image_crud = new ImageCRUD();
        $output = $image_crud->render();
        return $this->_example_output($output);
    private function _example_output($output = null)
        return View::make('example', $output);

Now at the example above, if we simply print_r of the $output, we will have an output that it will look pretty much as grocery CRUD's $output

If you would like to see some example controllers/config/views you can actually have a look of some examples

Having issues with image CRUD?

Image CRUD issues in github or ask the community

Install examples to your project

Step 1. Copy the application files in your app folder

Copy the Examples folder to your app folder. Don't forget to add the routes and the database config.

Step 2. Import the example database

Import the example database

Step 3. Check the examples

Play with the examples and enjoy