Symbolic storage link in shared hosting

Published on May 25th, 2020

If you're hosting a laravel project via cPanel, chances are that it could be a shared hosting server and that means you can't really use php artisan storage:link for this. But don't worry, there's another way to this. Just follow the steps below:

1. Create a symlink

In your public_html/public directory, remove the storage folder. Next, create a symlink.php file in your public_html directory and add the following code:

$targetFolder = $_SERVER['DOCUMENT_ROOT'].'/storage/app/public';
$linkedFolder = $_SERVER['DOCUMENT_ROOT'].'/public/storage';
symlink($targetFolder, $linkFolder);
echo "done";

2. Create a custom route to access storage

Alright, this is kind of a hack but it works extremely fine. Just add the following route in your routes/web.php file:

Route::get('/storage/anyfolder/{filename}', function($filename){
    // Your folder path
    $folder_path = storage_path('app/public/anyfolder/'.$filename);

    // check if the file exists
    if(!File::exists($folder_path)) {

    $file = File::get($folder_path);
    $type = File::mimeType($folder_path);

    $response = Response::make($file, 200);
    $response->header("Content-Type", $type);

    return $response;

Now, you can access your images or any other assets easily using:


Hope this helps you out!