Ionic 2 Problem with uploading picture to PHP server


Hi, I’ve been struggling with uploading pictures made in ionic2 app to PHP server.
The camer plugin is working fine, my app is able to make a photo and select one from the gallery. I have problem with uploading that photo to my PHP server. any help maybe?


Try to put yourself in the position of somebody who is trying to help you. What information would you ask for beyond “I have problem”?


sorry,my fault… I will post my code


I am completely new to Ionic 2
This is my code for making pictures and selecting from gallery

import {Component} from '@angular/core';
import { Camera, File, Transfer, FilePath } from 'ionic-native';
import {DomSanitizer} from '@angular/platform-browser';
import { NavController, ActionSheetController, ToastController, Platform, LoadingController, Loading } from 'ionic-angular';
declare var cordova: any;

  selector: 'page-camera',
  templateUrl: 'camera.html'
export class CameraPage {
  cameraData: string;
  photoTaken: boolean;
  cameraUrl: string;
  photoSelected: boolean;
  lastImage: string = null;
  loading: Loading;
  constructor(private navCtrl: NavController, private _DomSanitizationService: DomSanitizer,public toastCtrl: ToastController,public loadingCtrl: LoadingController) {
    this.photoTaken = false;

      sourceType: Camera.PictureSourceType.SAVEDPHOTOALBUM,
      destinationType: Camera.DestinationType.DATA_URL
    }).then((imageData) => {
	this.cameraUrl = imageData;
      this.photoSelected = true;
      this.photoTaken = false;
        this.base64Image = 'data:image/jpeg;base64,'+imageData;
    }, (err) => {
openCamera() {
    var options = {
      sourceType: Camera.PictureSourceType.CAMERA,
      destinationType: Camera.DestinationType.DATA_URL
    Camera.getPicture(options).then((imageData) => {
      this.cameraData = 'data:image/jpeg;base64,' + imageData;
      this.photoTaken = true;
      this.photoSelected = false;
    }, (err) => {
      // Handle error

and this one is for uploading the picture to PHP server

public pathForImage(img) {
  if (img === null) {
    return '';
  } else {
    return cordova.file.dataDirectory + img;
private copyFileToLocalDir(namePath, currentName, base64Image) {
  File.copyFile(namePath, currentName, cordova.file.dataDirectory, base64Image).then(success => {
    this.lastImage = base64Image;
  }, error => {
    this.presentToast('Error while storing file.');
  public uploadImage() {
  // Destination URL
  var url = "";
  // File for Upload
  var targetPath = this.pathForImage(this.lastImage);
  // File name only
  var filename = this.lastImage;
  var options = {
    fileKey: "file",
    fileName: filename,
    chunkedMode: false,
    mimeType: "multipart/form-data",
    params : {'fileName': filename}
  const fileTransfer = new Transfer();
  this.loading = this.loadingCtrl.create({
    content: 'Uploading...',
  // Use the FileTransfer to upload the image
  fileTransfer.upload(targetPath, url, options).then(data => {
    this.presentToast('Image succesful uploaded.');
  }, err => {
    this.presentToast('Error while uploading file.');


That helps.

Is there anything in the server logs that looks useful? What error is returned? Are we certain that the server is expecting multipart/form-data (and not JSON, for example)? Are we sure that what the client is sending is what the server is getting?


Thanks for quick reply,
so the problem is when I take a picture using Ionic app and then click to upload it, I got error 'Error while uploading file.'
The server doesn’t receive anything.

I based my code on this website.

the php looks like this

header('Access-Control-Allow-Origin: *');
$target_path = "uploads/";
$target_path = $target_path . basename( $_FILES['file']['name']);
if (move_uploaded_file($_FILES['file']['tmp_name'], $target_path)) {
    echo "Upload and move success";
} else {
echo $target_path;
    echo "There was an error uploading the file, please try again!";

thats my html for Ionic

  <button ion-button menuToggle>
      <ion-icon name="menu"></ion-icon>

<ion-content padding class="home">
  <button ion-button color="secondary" round (click)="openCamera()">Open camera</button>
  <button ion-button color="primary" (click)="accessGallery()">Open Gallery</button>
  <button ion-button icon-left (click)="uploadImage()" >
        <ion-icon name="cloud-upload"></ion-icon>Upload
	  <img [src]="_DomSanitizationService.bypassSecurityTrustUrl(cameraData)" *ngIf="photoTaken">

  <img [src]="base64Image" *ngIf="base64Image" />


That makes me suspect a CORS issue. Maybe this might have some useful information.


I did check again and there is a folder for the pictures uploads on my server but it is empty, app can connect to PHP server via CORS. The problem is somewhere in the Ionic code. I did install
cordova-plugin-file ,cordova-plugin-file-transfer ,cordova-plugin-filepath but no luck.


Do you get any errors anywhere? Right now it sounds like a bit like you are jumping to conclusions.


It was my suggestion, the code for taking picture and selecting one from gallery works ok,
Yes when I run an app in the browser and try to upload a picture I got this error

I am new to Ionic2 and I think my code is probably wrong.
Maybe anyone has a working example of taking a picture and uploading it to php server?



The code from that website is not working properly for me,it does not take a photo or select one from gallery either.


Hi Jakub,
How are you getting namePath and currentName for copyFileToLocalDir method?
I am stuck to upload file to server.

Thank you in Advance.