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Voltis provides you with a Storage service which gives you the ability to interact with a filesystem in order to work with files and directories. Right now only a local storage driver is supported but it is planned to support filesystems such as S3, FTP and external storage like Dropbox and Google drive.

Accessing the Storage service

When you need to interact with a file-system, you can use the Storage service Facade:

use Voltis\Storage\Facade\Storage;


By calling Storage::drive("local") the Storage service will send back an instance of the filesystem drive you have specified, in this example we have selected to use the local drive which uses the local filesystem driver.

Currently, the only supported file-system is local storage, the filesystem where your application is located. We are working to implement storage drivers for S3, FTP and external storage like Dropbox and Google Drive etc.

Storage Configuration

To configure your filesystems, all the options are located in /config/filesystem.php and in there you can change your root directory for each of your configured drives.

"default" => "local",

"drives" => [

"local" => [
"driver" => "local",
"root" => ROOT_DIR . "/storage/app",

"public" => [
"driver" => "local",
"root" => ROOT_DIR . "/storage/app/public",


When you interact with files using the local "drive" the root set in the config will be used when you interact using that "drive".

You may add as many "drives" as you need, you may use as many drivers as you need as well, just make sure each "drive" has a unique name.

Using the default drive

By default you would usually access a filesystem via the drive() function to select a filesystem to interact with but in your configuration, if you have set the default drive, you don’t need to select a drive using the drive() function. Just start using like so:


Reading Files


Calling read() with the file path will return the contents of the file you wish to read. The entire file is read and returned with the file handle being closed once done. The read method will obtain a shared reader lock which prevents any processes from writing until all reads are complete.

Writing to Files

Storage::drive("local")->write("/error/last_error/error.txt", "[10:29 21/04/2020] - ...");

The file will be created if it does not exist. By default the second parameter is set to null so you are not required to pass in file contents to write to the file. The default writing mode is ab. The write method obtains a file lock which blocks any other file writes, the process will wait until a lock is released but not block the entire server. The write mode w+ does not work with file locking.


Storage::drive("local")->prepend("/error/last_error/error.txt", "[10:28 21/04/2020] - ...");

This will prepend the file with the contents passed as the second parameter. The prepend() function uses php:://temp to make it possible to prepend to a file.


Be careful when appending, using this function uses memory to achieve a file prepend operation and will use a lot of memory with a large file


Storage::drive("local")->append("/error/last_error/error.txt", "[10:34 21/04/2020] - ...");

This will append the contents you want to write to the end of a file using the a+ write mode.


Storage::drive("local")->copy("/log/error.log", "/backups/logs/error.log.bak");

The copy() function requires a source and destination and will copy the file with the destination file name as well.

Moving a file

Storage::drive("local")->move("", "");

The move() function accepts an old file path, new file path.

This function will return the file path that was used to save the moved file.

Deleting a file

To delete a file called user_profile_image_292827.png we would do:


Deleting multiple files at once

The delete() function also allows you to pass in an array of files to delete:

$filesToDel = [


Creating a directory

Storage::drive("local")->makeDir("/logs/user/activity", $mode = 0777);

Creates a new directory /logs/user/activity using the default mode 0777.

Deleting a directory


Will delete the directory /activity only, will not delete the full path of directories. The directory also has to be empty first.