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CakePHP: Displaying images that are outside the public accessible directory (webroot) using Media Views

Let’s say that Configure::read('App.uploads_temp') is somewhere outside the public accessible directory: /var/www/yourapp/private

//This goes into the controller
     * @param $filename A filename without the path. EG: default-guy.jpg
    public function downloadimage($filename) {
        $file_parts = pathinfo($filename);
        $this->viewClass = 'Media';
        $params = array(
            'id'        => $filename,
            'name'      => $file_parts['basename'],
            'download'  => false,
            'extension' => $file_parts['extension'],
            'path'      =>Configure::read('App.uploads_temp'). DS

You can view the image through the URL:


Reference: http://book.cakephp.org/2.0/en/views/media-view.html

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