James McFadden {web developer}

BlueImp jQuery File Upload in Zend Framework

I came across the popular jQuery File Upload plugin while looking for a simple to use and extensible file upload solution to integrate into a Zend Framework project.

It can be a bit tricky to get this plugin working, so I thought I’d document the steps I took to get it working in ZF.

Form Class

You could skip this step and HTML-ify your form by hand in your view, but that would defeat the point of this post, so this is what my form class looks like. The element HTML classes are required:

/**
 * This is aimed for use with jQueryFileUpload
 * 
 * @link https://github.com/blueimp/jQuery-File-Upload
 * @author James McFadden <james@jamesmcfadden.co.uk>
 */
class Form_Jquery_File_Upload extends Form_Upload
{
    function init()
    {
        $this->resolveDependencies();
        
        $this->setAttrib('id', 'fileupload');
        
        $this->addElement(
            'file',
            'Photo'
        );
        $this->addElement(
            'Button',
            'Start',
            array(
                'label' => 'Start Upload',
                'class' => 'btn btn-primary start',
                'escape' => false
            )
        );
        
        $this->addElement(
            'Button',
            'Cancel',
            array(
                'label' => 'Cancel Upload',
                'class' => 'btn btn-warning cancel',
                'escape' => false
            )
        );
        $this->addElement(
            'Button',
            'Delete',
            array(
                'label' => 'Delete',
                'class' => 'btn btn-danger delete',
                'escape' => false
            )
        );
    }
    
    private function resolveDependencies()
    {
        // Include your jQueryFileUpload scripts here
    }
}

Form Partial

Set up your form to render in a partial script (see this useful post about Zend_Form decorators and enabling view scripts) like so:

<form id=" echo $this->escape($this->form->getAttrib('id')); ?>" action=" echo $this->escape($this->form->getAction()); ?>" method=" echo $this->form->getMethod(); ?>">
    <div class="fileupload-buttonbar">
        <span class="fileinput-button">
        <span>Add files...</span>
             echo $this->form->Photo; ?>
        </span>
         echo $this->form->Start; ?>
         echo $this->form->Cancel; ?>
         echo $this->form->Delete; ?>
        <div class="fileupload-progress fade">
            <div class="progress progress-success progress-striped active" role="progressbar" aria-valuemin="0" aria-valuemax="100">
                <div class="bar" style="width:0%;"></div>
            </div>
            <div class="progress-extended">&nbsp;</div>
        </div>
    </div>
    <div class="fileupload-loading"></div>
    <br>
    <table role="presentation" class="table table-striped"><tbody class="files" data-toggle="modal-gallery" data-target="#modal-gallery"></tbody></table>
</form>

<!-- Here you should include the rest of the jQuery File Upload template -->

At this point you should create your form processing action, which should upload your photo to a specified directory on your server. I won’t be going into file uploads here as it is slightly out of the scope of this post. As specified in the jQuery File Upload documentation you must return a JSON array containing information about the file uploaded. This must be a JSON array, regardless of the number of files uploaded, as jQuery File Upload will use this information to present feedback to the user. A basic example might be:

$jsonArray = array();

foreach($photos as $i => $photo) {
    $jsonArray[$i]['name'] = $photo->getName();
    $jsonArray[$i]['size'] = $photo->getSize();
    $jsonArray[$i]['url'] = $photo->getUrl();
    $jsonArray[$i]['thumbnail_url'] = $photo->getThumbnailUrl();
    $jsonArray[$i]['delete_url'] = 'delete-photo.php?id=' . $photo->getId();
}
echo json_encode($jsonArray);

jQuery File Upload should do it’s magic, and your files should be uploaded to your server, providing you have written your upload script correctly :)

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