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PHP for loading a BLOB

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Sometimes you chalk something up as straightforward because you’ve done it a while. I did that in a lab assignment recently. It asked my students to upload a large text file and image to the MySQL database, store them in a TEXT and MEDIUMBLOB column, and read them back out of the database, like this:


The trick was that I wanted them to read the file into a string and then load the string. There wasn’t a single code example to do this out there, except some that might exist behind an account and credit card payment. I put together a complete example like the Oracle LOB processing page. You can find it here in the MySQL LOB processing blog page. More or less, it shows you how to stream an image into a MySQL database in chunks (I chose 8 K chunks).

The general tricks to upload a string require you enclose to enclose them with the addslashes() function before assigning a binary stream to a variable, then stripslashes() function by segment before you load it to the database. You really don’t need to do that. It’s a myth. The binary stream doesn’t require that extra handling. In fact, you can corrupt certain images when you use the addslashes() and stripslashes() functions; they should be avoided in this context.

You should do it in streams (at least when they’re larger than 1 MB), I chose the procedural mysqli to demonstrate it because there wasn’t an example that I or my students could find on the web. Just for information, some laptops don’t have the resources to accommodate LARGEBLOB datatypes on the Windows OS. The BLOB or MEDIUMBLOB should work fine, especially for this little example.

    // Declare a PL/SQL execution command.
    $sql = "UPDATE item SET item_blob = ? WHERE item_id =  ?";
    // Prepare statement and link it to a connection.
    if (mysqli_stmt_prepare($stmt,$sql)) {
      $start = 0;
      $chunk = 8192;
      while ($start < strlen($item_blob)) {
        $start += $chunk;

You can find the code in that blog page referenced. Hope it helps some folks.

Written by maclochlainn

July 9th, 2009 at 2:57 am


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  2. The complete code for the Oracle and MySQL solutions are now inside the linked posts.


    27 Feb 10 at 1:58 pm

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