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Deleting a File from Storage after Download in Laravel


Let's assume you have a file in storage/app/download.zip:

Because Laravel uses Symfony's HttpFoundation internally, you can use the deleteFileAfterSend method:

public function download()
    return response()


or you can  create a Terminable Middleware that deletes the file after the download response was prepared.

class StorageDownload
     * Handle an incoming request.
     * @param  \Illuminate\Http\Request  $request
     * @param  \Closure  $next
     * @return mixed
    public function handle($request, Closure $next)
        return $next($request);

    public function terminate($request, $response)


As for triggering the download using JavaScript, something as trivial as setting the window location will work:

axios.post('files/export/' + file.id, formData)
    .then(function() {
        window.location = 'files/download/' + file.id

Don't worry, this will not navigate away from your current page, it will just trigger the download.

Riadh Rahmi

Senior Web Developer PHP/Drupal & Laravel

I am a senior web developer, I have experience in planning and developing large scale dynamic web solutions especially in Drupal & Laravel.

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