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General Usage

Write Files

$filesystem->write('path/to/file.txt', 'contents');

Update Files

$filesystem->update('path/to/file.txt', 'new contents');

Write or Update Files

$filesystem->put('path/to/file.txt', 'contents');

Read Files

$contents = $filesystem->read('path/to/file.txt');

Check if a file exists

$exists = $filesystem->has('path/to/file.txt');

NOTE: This only has consistent behaviour for files, not directories. Directories are less important in Flysystem, they’re created implicitly and often ignored because not every adapter (filesystem type) supports directories.

Delete Files


Read and Delete

$contents = $filesystem->readAndDelete('path/to/file.txt');

Rename Files

$filesystem->rename('filename.txt', 'newname.txt');

Copy Files

$filesystem->copy('filename.txt', 'duplicate.txt');

Get Mimetypes

$mimetype = $filesystem->getMimetype('path/to/file.txt');

Get Timestamps

$timestamp = $filesystem->getTimestamp('path/to/file.txt');

Get File Sizes

$size = $filesystem->getSize('path/to/file.txt');

Create Directories


Directories are also made implicitly when writing to a deeper path

$filesystem->write('path/to/file.txt', 'contents');

Delete Directories


The above method will delete directories recursively

NOTE: All paths used by Flysystem API are relative to the adapter root directory.

Manage Visibility

Visibility is the abstraction of file permissions across multiple platforms. Visibility can be either public or private.

use League\Flysystem\AdapterInterface;

$filesystem->write('db.backup', $backup, [
    'visibility' => AdapterInterface::VISIBILITY_PRIVATE

// or simply

$filesystem->write('db.backup', $backup, ['visibility' => 'private']);

You can also change and check visibility of existing files

if ($filesystem->getVisibility('secret.txt') === 'private') {
    $filesystem->setVisibility('secret.txt', 'public');

Global visibility setting

You can set the visibility as a default, which prevents you from setting it all over the place.

$filesystem = new League\Flysystem\Filesystem($adapter, [
    'visibility' => AdapterInterface::VISIBILITY_PRIVATE

List Contents

$contents = $filesystem->listContents();

The result of a contents listing is a collection of arrays containing all the metadata the file manager knows at that time. By default you’ll receive path info and file type. Additional info could be supplied by default depending on the adapter used.


foreach ($contents as $object) {
    echo $object['basename'].' is located at'.$object['path'].' and is a '.$object['type'];

By default Flysystem lists the top directory non-recursively. You can supply a directory name and recursive boolean to get more precise results

$contents = $filesystem->listContents('some/dir', true);

List paths

$filesystem->addPlugin(new ListPaths());

$paths = $filesystem->listPaths();

foreach ($paths as $path) {
    echo $path;

List with ensured presence of specific metadata

$listing = $filesystem->listWith(['mimetype', 'size', 'timestamp'], 'optional/path/to/dir', true);

foreach ($listing as $object) {
    echo $object['path'].' has mimetype: '.$object['mimetype'];

Get file into with explicit metadata

$info = $filesystem->getWithMetadata('path/to/file.txt', ['timestamp', 'mimetype']);
echo $info['mimetype'];
echo $info['timestamp'];

NOTE: This requires the League\Flysystem\Plugin\GetWithMetadata plugin.

Using streams for reads and writes

Some SDK's close streams after consuming them, therefore, before calling fclose on the resource, check if it's still valid using is_resource.

$stream = fopen('/path/to/database.backup', 'r+');
$filesystem->writeStream('backups/'.strftime('%G-%m-%d').'.backup', $stream);

// Using write you can also directly set the visibility
$filesystem->writeStream('backups/'.strftime('%G-%m-%d').'.backup', $stream, [
    'visibility' => AdapterInterface::VISIBILITY_PRIVATE

if (is_resource($stream)) {

// Or update a file with stream contents
$filesystem->updateStream('backups/'.strftime('%G-%m-%d').'.backup', $stream);

// Retrieve a read-stream
$stream = $filesystem->readStream('something/is/here.ext');
$contents = stream_get_contents($stream);

// Create or overwrite using a stream.
$putStream = tmpfile();
fwrite($putStream, $contents);
$filesystem->putStream('somewhere/here.txt', $putStream);

if (is_resource($putStream)) {