How to Secure File in Laravel Only Allow to Access Authenticated User


In this article, i will share with you how to make secure and protect your file in laravel and only allow to access authenticated users. 

As you know when you work with any web applications then the file uploading functionality is the most important part in that application and also you need to make sure that uploaded files very important to secure from direct access from URL. so, in this article, we will see how to protect and secure files in laravel and only accessible to authenticated users.

You just need to follow the steps.

Step - 1 : Create Controller

First, we need to create a controller by running the following artisan command in your laravel application root directory.

php artisan make:controller FileController

then open /app/Http/Controllers/FileController.php the file and add the following code to it.

namespace App\Http\Controllers;

class FileController extends Controller

    public function __construct()

    public function view($id)
        $file = storage_path('app/pdfs/') . $id . '.pdf';

        if (file_exists($file)) {

            $headers = [
                'Content-Type' => 'application/pdf'

            return response()->download($file, 'Test File', $headers, 'inline');
        } else {
            abort(404, 'File not found!');

Step - 2 : Create Route

Route::get('/preview-file/{id}', 'FileController@view');

i hope you like this small article.