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Storing an image in mySQL

Hi Guys,

The title says it all. What is the best way of storing an image or image url into a mysql database?

I'm looking to display the image within an iphone app which I am working on.


2 Answers

James Barnett
James Barnett
39,199 Points

There's a datatype in SQL called a blob that's what you want to use.

Thanks for the reply James.

I wasnt too sure how to use it as I'm still learning about mySQL.

Someone told me that I could store the image URL as a varchar too, is this correct and is there much of a difference between the two types?

image_url varchar(2083) COLLATE utf8_unicode_ci NOT NULL

Many Thanks, Andrew

James Barnett
James Barnett
39,199 Points

Andrew B - There's a big difference between the 2. In one case you are storing the image somewhere like on a CDN maybe and you have a link in stored in a database. On the other hand you are storing the actual image in the database itself.