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How can I select and upload multiple files with HTML and PHP, using HTTP POST?


Question

I have experience doing this with single file uploads using <input type="file">. However, I am having trouble doing uploading more than one at a time.

For example, I'd like to be able to select a series of images, then upload them to the server, all at once.

It would be great to use a single file input control, if possible.

Does anyone know how to accomplish this? Thanks!

2009/07/24
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7/24/2009 1:25:51 AM

Accepted Answer

This is possible in HTML5. Example (PHP 5.4):

<!doctype html>
<html>
    <head>
        <title>Test</title>
    </head>
    <body>
        <form method="post" enctype="multipart/form-data">
            <input type="file" name="my_file[]" multiple>
            <input type="submit" value="Upload">
        </form>
        <?php
            if (isset($_FILES['my_file'])) {
                $myFile = $_FILES['my_file'];
                $fileCount = count($myFile["name"]);

                for ($i = 0; $i < $fileCount; $i++) {
                    ?>
                        <p>File #<?= $i+1 ?>:</p>
                        <p>
                            Name: <?= $myFile["name"][$i] ?><br>
                            Temporary file: <?= $myFile["tmp_name"][$i] ?><br>
                            Type: <?= $myFile["type"][$i] ?><br>
                            Size: <?= $myFile["size"][$i] ?><br>
                            Error: <?= $myFile["error"][$i] ?><br>
                        </p>
                    <?php
                }
            }
        ?>
    </body>
</html>

Here's what it looks like in Chrome after selecting 2 items in the file dialog:

chrome multiple file select

And here's what it looks like after clicking the "Upload" button.

submitting multiple files to PHP

This is just a sketch of a fully working answer. See PHP Manual: Handling file uploads for more information on proper, secure handling of file uploads in PHP.

2015/03/12
196
3/12/2015 1:24:26 AM


Full solution in Firefox 5:

<html>
<head>
</head>
<body>
 <form name="uploader" id="uploader" action="multifile.php" method="POST" enctype="multipart/form-data" >
  <input id="infile" name="infile[]" type="file" onBlur="submit();" multiple="true" ></input> 
 </form>

<?php
echo "No. files uploaded : ".count($_FILES['infile']['name'])."<br>"; 


$uploadDir = "images/";
for ($i = 0; $i < count($_FILES['infile']['name']); $i++) {

 echo "File names : ".$_FILES['infile']['name'][$i]."<br>";
 $ext = substr(strrchr($_FILES['infile']['name'][$i], "."), 1); 

 // generate a random new file name to avoid name conflict
 $fPath = md5(rand() * time()) . ".$ext";

 echo "File paths : ".$_FILES['infile']['tmp_name'][$i]."<br>";
 $result = move_uploaded_file($_FILES['infile']['tmp_name'][$i], $uploadDir . $fPath);

 if (strlen($ext) > 0){
  echo "Uploaded ". $fPath ." succefully. <br>";
 }
}
echo "Upload complete.<br>";
?>

</body>
</html>
2013/11/06

If you want to select multiple files from the file selector dialog that displays when you select browse then you are mostly out of luck. You will need to use a Java applet or something similar (I think there is one that use a small flash file, I will update if I find it). Currently a single file input only allows the selection of a single file.

If you are talking about using multiple file inputs then there shouldn't be much difference from using one. Post some code and I will try to help further.


Update: There is one method to use a single 'browse' button that uses flash. I have never personally used this but I have read a fair amount about it. I think its your best shot.

http://swfupload.org/

2009/07/24

in the first you should make form like this :

<form method="post" enctype="multipart/form-data" >
   <input type="file" name="file[]" multiple id="file"/>
   <input type="submit" name="ok"  />
</form> 

that is right . now add this code under your form code or on the any page you like

<?php
if(isset($_POST['ok']))
   foreach ($_FILES['file']['name'] as $filename) {
    echo $filename.'<br/>';
}
?>

it's easy... finish

2013/08/22

If you use multiple input fields you can set name="file[]" (or any other name). That will put them in an array when you upload them ($_FILES['file'] = array ({file_array},{file_array]..))

2009/07/24

<form action="" method="POST" enctype="multipart/form-data">
  Select image to upload:
  <input type="file"   name="file[]" multiple/>
  <input type="submit" name="submit" value="Upload Image" />
</form>

Using FOR Loop

<?php    
  $file_dir  = "uploads";    
  if (isset($_POST["submit"])) {

    for ($x = 0; $x < count($_FILES['file']['name']); $x++) {               

      $file_name   = $_FILES['file']['name'][$x];
      $file_tmp    = $_FILES['file']['tmp_name'][$x];

      /* location file save */
      $file_target = $file_dir . DIRECTORY_SEPARATOR . $file_name; /* DIRECTORY_SEPARATOR = / or \ */

      if (move_uploaded_file($file_tmp, $file_target)) {                        
        echo "{$file_name} has been uploaded. <br />";                      
      } else {                      
        echo "Sorry, there was an error uploading {$file_name}.";                               
      }                 

    }               
  }    
?>

Using FOREACH Loop

<?php
  $file_dir  = "uploads";    
  if (isset($_POST["submit"])) {

    foreach ($_FILES['file']['name'] as $key => $value) {                   

      $file_name   = $_FILES['file']['name'][$key];
      $file_tmp    = $_FILES['file']['tmp_name'][$key];

      /* location file save */
      $file_target = $file_dir . DIRECTORY_SEPARATOR . $file_name; /* DIRECTORY_SEPARATOR = / or \ */

      if (move_uploaded_file($file_tmp, $file_target)) {                        
        echo "{$file_name} has been uploaded. <br />";                      
      } else {                      
        echo "Sorry, there was an error uploading {$file_name}.";                               
      }                 

    }               
  }
?>
2017/11/18

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