Zend Framework: Uploading and resizing an image

I’ve needed to upload and resize an image on a Zend Framework. Not especially difficult but it does take a little setting up.

First, I need to set up some upload locations for the final files. This was in my application.ini file like this:

paths.images.thumbs=APPLICATION_PATH "/../public/photos/thumbs"
paths.images.web=APPLICATION_PATH "/../public/photos/web"
paths.images.original=APPLICATION_PATH "/../public/photos/original"

Then I needed to set up the form

class Application_Form_Photos extends Zend_Form

    public function init()
        $decorator = new Decorators_Inputs();

        // Add a name element
        $this->addElement('text', 'name', array(
            'label' => 'Photo Name:',
            'required' => true,
            'style' => 'width:200px;',
            'filters' => array('StringTrim'),
            'validators' => array(
            'decorators' => array($decorator)

        $photo = new Zend_Form_Element_File('photo');
        $photo->setLabel('Photo (jpg only)')
        // ensure only one file
        $photo->addValidator('Count', false, 1);
        // max 10MB
        $photo->addValidator('Size', false, 10097152)
        // only JPEG, PNG, or GIF
        $photo->addValidator('Extension', false, 'jpg,png,gif');
        $photo->setDecorators(array('File', new Decorators_Files()));
        $this->addElement($photo, 'photo');

        $submit = new Zend_Form_Element_Submit('submit');
        $submit->setDecorators(array(new Decorators_Submit()));



The Decorators_Files class is a decorator (See here for how to set that up)

class Decorators_Files extends Zend_Form_Decorator_Abstract
    protected $_format = '

'; public function render($content) { $element = $this->getElement(); $name = htmlentities($element->getFullyQualifiedName()); $label = htmlentities($element->getLabel()); $id = htmlentities($element->getId()); $value = htmlentities($element->getValue()); $style = htmlentities($element->getAttrib('style')); $class = htmlentities($element->getAttrib('class')); $error = ""; $errors = $element->getErrors(); if($errors){ $error = 'Please enter a value'; $class = 'error'; } $markup = sprintf($this->_format, $name, $label, $id, $name, $value,$class, $style,$error); return $markup; } }

Now, I need the code to handle the upload

     * Handle the image upload
     * @param Application_Form_Photos $form, the form that contains the image
     * @param Zend_Controller_Request_Abstract $request, the request
     * @param Application_Model_MediaMapper $media_mapper, the Model class which handles saving the file details
    private function handle_image_upload(Application_Form_Photos $form, Zend_Controller_Request_Abstract $request, Application_Model_MediaMapper $media_mapper)
       //Create an entry in the DB
        $extension = pathinfo($form->getElement('photo')->getValue(), PATHINFO_EXTENSION);
        $media_model = new Application_Model_Media();

       //Rename the file
        $form->getElement('photo')->addFilter('Rename', array(
            'target' => $media_model->getId() . '.' . $extension,
            'overwrite' => true

        //Add the filter to resize to web image
        $form->getElement('photo')->addFilter(new Filters_File_Resize(array(
            'width' => 800,
            'height' => 600,
            'keepRatio' => true,
            'directory' => Zend_Registry::get('config')->paths->images->web

        //Add the filter to resize to thumb, note it can't be the same filter as above or the web image action will fail
        $form->getElement('photo')->addFilter(new Filters_File_Thumb(array(
            'width' => 200,
            'height' => 133,
            'keepRatio' => false,
            'directory' => Zend_Registry::get('config')->paths->images->thumbs

        //Upload the photo
        if ($form->getElement('photo')->receive()) {
            $media_model->setThumb('photos/thumbs/' . $media_model->getId() . '.' . $extension);
            $media_model->setWeb('photos/web/' . $media_model->getId() . '.' . $extension);
            $media_model->setOriginal('photos/original/' . $media_model->getId() . '.' . $extension);

Finally, I need some filters that will handle the image resize.

I initially used the filter written by Stefan Koch. See