When running an application in a serverless environment, you may not store files permanently on the local filesystem, since you can never be sure that the same serverless "container" will be used on a subsequent request. All files should be stored in a cloud storage system, such as AWS S3.

Attaching Storage

To ensure that an application environment has a place to store file uploads, you may add a storage key to the environment's vapor.yml configuration. This value should be a valid S3 bucket name. During deployment, Vapor will ensure that this bucket exists. If the bucket does not exist, Vapor will create and configure it. Remember, bucket names must be unique across all of AWS:

id: 3
name: vapor-app
        storage: my-bucket-name
        memory: 1024
            - 'composer install --no-dev'
            - 'php artisan migrate --force'

File Uploads

Installing The Vapor NPM Package

If your application accepts file uploads from end-users, these files should be streamed directly to S3 from your application's frontend. To assist you, Vapor's NPM package includes a helper which will take care of generating a pre-signed storage URL for the file and uploading the file to S3. To get started, install the laravel-vapor NPM package:

npm install --save-dev laravel-vapor

Next, within your application's app.js file, initialize the global Vapor JavaScript object:

window.Vapor = require('laravel-vapor');


Before initiating an upload directly to S3, Vapor's internal signed storage URL generator will perform an authorization check against the currently authenticated user. If you do not already have one, you should create a UserPolicy for your application using the following command:

php artisan make:policy UserPolicy --model=User

Next, you should add an uploadFiles method to this policy. This method should return true if the given authenticated user is allowed to upload files. Otherwise, you should return false:

 * Determine whether the user can upload files.
 * @param  \App\User  $user
 * @return mixed
public function uploadFiles(User $user)
    return true;

Streaming Files To S3

You may use the method within your frontend code to upload a file directly to the S3 bucket attached to your environment. The following example demonstrates this functionality using Vue:

<input type="file" id="file" ref="file">$refs.file.files[0], {
    progress: progress => {
        this.uploadProgress = Math.round(progress * 100);
}).then(response => {'/api/profile-photo', {
        uuid: response.uuid,
        key: response.key,
        bucket: response.bucket,
        name: this.$refs.file.files[0].name,
        content_type: this.$refs.file.files[0].type,

All uploaded files will be placed in a tmp directory within the bucket. This directory is automatically configured to purge any files older than 24 hours. This feature serves to conveniently clean up file uploads that are initiated but not completed, such as a user that begins updating their profile photo but does not save the change.

Acknowledge File Uploads & Permanent Storage

All uploaded files will be stored using a UUID as their filename. The response provided to the store method's then callback will contain the UUID of the file, the file's full S3 key, and the file's bucket. You may then POST this information to your application's backend to permanently store the file by moving it out of the bucket's tmp directory. In addition, you may wish to store additional information about the file, such as its original name and content type, in your application's database:

use Illuminate\Support\Facades\Storage;

    str_replace('tmp/', '', $request->input('key'))

Local Development

When developing locally, will upload to the bucket specified by the AWS_BUCKET environment variable.