I am attaching an image with tags in admin panel and trying to save tag id and image name in my custom table and also the image in media/tagimage folder.

I have put a button to upload the image in Mage_Adminhtml_Block_Widget_Form.

Here is my block code:

protected function _prepareForm()
    $model = Mage::registry('tag_tag');

    $form = new Varien_Data_Form(
        array('id' => 'edit_form',
            'action' => $this->getData('action'),
            'method' => 'post',
            'enctype' => 'multipart/form-data')

    $fieldset = $form->addFieldset('base_fieldset',
        array('legend'=>Mage::helper('tag')->__('General Information')));

    if ($model->getTagId()) {
        $fieldset->addField('tag_id', 'hidden', array(
            'name' => 'tag_id',

    $fieldset->addField('form_key', 'hidden', array(
        'name'  => 'form_key',
        'value' => Mage::getSingleton('core/session')->getFormKey(),

    $fieldset->addField('store_id', 'hidden', array(
        'name'  => 'store_id',
        'value' => (int)$this->getRequest()->getParam('store')

    $fieldset->addField('tag_name', 'text', array(
        'name' => 'tag_name',
        'label' => Mage::helper('tag')->__('Tag Name'),
        'title' => Mage::helper('tag')->__('Tag Name'),
        'required' => true,


    $fieldset->addField('tag_image', 'file', array(
        'name' => 'tag_image',
        'label' => Mage::helper('tag')->__('Tag Image'),
        'title' => Mage::helper('tag')->__('Tag Image'),
    //end custom

    $fieldset->addField('status', 'select', array(
        'label' => Mage::helper('tag')->__('Status'),
        'title' => Mage::helper('tag')->__('Status'),
        'name' => 'tag_status',
        'required' => true,
        'options' => array(
            Mage_Tag_Model_Tag::STATUS_DISABLED => Mage::helper('tag')->__('Disabled'),
            Mage_Tag_Model_Tag::STATUS_PENDING  => Mage::helper('tag')->__('Pending'),
            Mage_Tag_Model_Tag::STATUS_APPROVED => Mage::helper('tag')->__('Approved'),
        'after_element_html' => ' ' . Mage::helper('adminhtml')->__('[GLOBAL]'),

    $fieldset->addField('base_popularity', 'text', array(
        'name' => 'base_popularity',
        'label' => Mage::helper('tag')->__('Base Popularity'),
        'title' => Mage::helper('tag')->__('Base Popularity'),
        'after_element_html' => ' ' . Mage::helper('tag')->__('[STORE VIEW]'),

    if (!$model->getId() && !Mage::getSingleton('adminhtml/session')->getTagData() ) {

    if ( Mage::getSingleton('adminhtml/session')->getTagData() ) {
    } else {

    return parent::_prepareForm();

and this is my code in saveAction in tagController for saving the image:

$customPostData = $this->getRequest()->getPost('tag_image');
  //print_r($customPostData); die();

   $name =  $_FILES["tag_image"]["name"];
        $path =  $_FILES["tag_image"]["tmp_name"];
        $media_path = Mage::getBaseDir('media')."/tagimage";
  $tagimage_collection = Mage::getModel('sports365/tagimage');

Now my problem is that even I have $customPostData = $this->getRequest()->getPost('tag_image');
  //print_r($customPostData); die();

   $name =  $_FILES["tag_image"]["name"];
        $path =  $_FILES["tag_image"]["tmp_name"];
        $media_path = Mage::getBaseDir('media')."/tagimage";
  $tagimage_collection = Mage::getModel('sports365/tagimage');

My problem is even I have added enctype => 'multipart/form-data' in form initialising but it still not working and nothing is coming in $_FILES["tag_image"]["name"];

Now if I go to inspect element,edit as html and add enctype => 'multipart/form-data' to the form, my code will save the image both in media folder and database.

Note: Right now I am testing in core files

  • Did you check if the actual HTML output contains <form enctype="multipart/form-data">?
    – 7ochem
    Jul 8 '15 at 10:05
  • Has there been a solution for this? I have the same issue. It works in one of my Admin form creators but not the other. enctype => 'multipart/form-data' doesn't even display in the form when I inspect element on it. Apr 4 '17 at 0:38

Try to use the image upload field when wanting to save images:

            "image", "image", array(
                "label"    => Mage::helper("tag")->__("Image"),
                "class"    => "required-entry",
                "required" => true,
                "name"     => "image",

If you look at /lib/Varien/Data/Form/Element/File.php it sets the EXT type as file but if you use the image element '/lib/Varien/Data/Form/Element/Image.php` it doesn't set the file extension. It also adds some markup to preview and delete the image from the admin form.

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