PHP or CSS: How to rotate images uploaded from iphone correctly?

September 18, 2017, at 07:28 AM

We have a feature that lets users upload images on a website, which can be from a desktop or taken from any cellphone. But from some phones like Iphone images taken vertically end up rotated the wrong way. We need them to be displayed correctly on any device when uploaded from any device.

I found some similar questions but their solution didn't seem to work completely. I need to either rotate them correctly in php as soon as they are uploaded:

if(isset($_FILES["submit_image"])) {
$target_dir = "uploads/images/";
$name = $_FILES['submit_image']['name'];
$size = $_FILES['submit_image']['size'];
$tmp_name = $_FILES['submit_image']['tmp_name'];
//make sure the image is roated correctly? I tried this code that I found in other SO questions but then it doesn't seem to be saving it
$info = getimagesize($tmp_name);
$image = imagecreatefrompng($tmp_name);
if($info['mime'] == 'image/jpeg') {
    $exif = exif_read_data($tmp_name);
    if(isset($exif['Orientation'])) {
        $orientation = $exif['Orientation'];
if(isset($orientation)) { //rotate to match the orientation
    switch($orientation) {
        case 3:
            $image = imagerotate($image, 180, 0);
        case 6:
            $image = imagerotate($image, -90, 0);
        case 8:
            $image = imagerotate($image, 90, 0);
if(isset($image)) { //get the variables of the rotated image
    $tmp_name = $image["tmp_name"];
    $name = $image['name'];
    $size = $image['size'];
/*doing some other checks here for image name, size, and mime type
$path = calculate_file_path($target_dir, $name);
if (move_uploaded_file($tmp_name, $path) == true) {
    $query = "UPDATE {$table} SET {$column} = '{$path}' WHERE id = {$new_pro_id}";
    $result = mysqli_query($db, $query);
    if ($result) {

Or maybe fix them later with css whenever the site needs to display them:

    image-orientation: from-image;

But neither seemed to work. the php option broke them completely, and the css option didn't fix the orientation.

Any ideas? Thanks :)

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