I'm writing a block plugin that uses the form API to allow users to edit its settings, and then output them into a template.

I'm currently using


 * @file
 * Contains \Drupal\my_plugins\Plugin\Block\InfoWithSideImage.

namespace Drupal\my_plugins\Plugin\Block;

use Drupal\Core\Block\BlockBase;
use Drupal\Core\Form\FormStateInterface;

 * @Block(
 * id = "infowithsideimage",
 * admin_label = @Translation("Info block beside an image")
 * )

class InfoWithSideImage extends BlockBase {
    public function blockForm($form, FormStateInterface $form_state) {
        $form['image'] = array(
            '#type'          => 'file',
            '#title'         => $this->t('Image'),
            '#default_value' => $this->configuration['image_submit'],
        $form['test'] = array(
            '#type' => 'textfield',
            '#title' => $this->t('Test text field'),
            '#default_value' => $this->configuration['test_submit'],                
        return $form;
    public function blockSubmit($form, FormStateInterface $form_state) {
        $this->configuration['image_submit'] = $form_state->getValue('image');
        $this->configuration['test_submit'] = $form_state->getValue('test');

    public function build() {
        return array(
            '#theme' => 'infowithsideimage',
            '#image' => $this->configuration['image_submit'],
            '#test' => $this->configuration['test_submit'],

The text field works fine, but whenever I try to submit with the file field I get the following error:

A fatal error occurred: Serialization of Symfony\Component\HttpFoundation\File\UploadedFile is not allowed

Is there something I'm missing? Is it possible to use the form API to allow users to upload files?

  • Have you checked $form_state->getValue('image'), if it's saving only the "fid" of the image?
    – ssibal
    Jul 26, 2016 at 7:56
  • When I submit, I automatically get that error, even if I ignore it completely in blockSubmit() and build(). This error appears before it gets to those functions.
    – Amy
    Jul 26, 2016 at 13:15
  • Turns out I am only getting the fid of the image. Is there a way to turn that into a url so I can use it in <img src>?
    – Amy
    Jul 26, 2016 at 15:06
  • Try adding $form_state->disableCache();. Have a look here drupal.org/node/2647812#comment-11683961
    – milkovsky
    Nov 18, 2016 at 15:16

1 Answer 1


I discovered that the error only occurred when using the in-place panel editor. When adding the block in the panel page editor there were no errors.

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