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How to upload an Image file in Django

If you are looking for a way to upload and use the image on your Django website, then this article is for you. Follow these simple steps to upload an image or any file in your Django application.

Create an HTML form with a file upload field

<div class="row">
<div class="col-md-8 col-sm-8">
<form action="{% url 'appname:upload_image' %}" method="post" enctype="multipart/form-data"
{% csrf_token %}
<input type="file" name="image" class="form-control" required>
<input type="submit" value="Upload" class="btn btn-primary btn-sm">

Take a not of attribute enctype in the form tag. This is mandatory to upload files from HTML forms.

file upload django

Create a path entry in urlpatters

path(r'image/upload/', views.upload_image, name='upload_image'),

Create a model to store the image-related information

import os

from django.db import models

def upload_path(instance, filename):
# change the filename here is required
return os.path.join("uploads", filename)

class ImageModel(models.Model):
image = models.ImageField(upload_to=upload_path, null=False, blank=True)
created_date = models.DateTimeField(null=False, blank=True, auto_now_add=True)

upload_to parameter specifies where the uploaded image will be stored. It can take the value of a string defining the path or it can be callable. In the example above, we have used a callable. In the callable method, you can decide the upload path or change the filename if required. The first parameter in callable is the instance of the model where Image or FileField is defined.

The image will be uploaded to the "uploads" directory inside MEDIA_ROOT. 

Define the MEDIA_ROOT in file

MEDIA_ROOT = os.path.join(BASE_DIR, "media/")

Create a directory "media" in the project working directory. The value of MEDIA_ROOT could be anything you want. You can store it in another directory named 'abc'. In that case, MEDIA_ROOT will be defined as below.

MEDIA_ROOT = os.path.join(BASE_DIR, "abc/")

Create a view to accept the post request on HTML form submit

from blog.models import ImageModel

def upload_image(request):
data = dict()
if "GET" == request.method:
return render(request, 'blog/upload_image.html', data)

# process POST request
files = request.FILES # multivalued dict
image = files.get("image")
instance = ImageModel()
instance.image = image
return render(request, 'blog/upload_image.html', data)

In the code above, we are getting FILES from request and then from files dictionary getting the image. The type of image is InMemoryUploadFile.

Once the code is executed in view, the image will be uploaded to project-working-directory/media/uploads/image-file-name.extension path.

Using the uploaded image in your template

The path where your image is stored is /media/uploads/filename.jpeg. To use the image in the HTML template, we need to have a relative path and to use in emails we need to have the full path. For this, we need to define the MEDIA_URL in file.

MEDIA_URL = '/media/'

You can change the value of MEDIA_URL as per your requirement.

Now let's say your filename was cat.jpeg then your relative URL will be /media/uploads/cat.jpeg and your absolute URL will be

The media string in the URL is the value of MEDIA_URL. For example, if you set the value of MEDIA_URL to 'xyz' then the path will be

Read also: How to compress the uploaded image before storing it in Django.

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