How to allow to accept only image files?


I need to upload only image file through <input type="file"> tag.

Right now, it accepts all file types. But, I want to restrict it to only specific image file extensions which include .jpg, .gif etc.

How can I achieve this functionality?

6/26/2019 4:55:36 PM

Accepted Answer

Use the accept attribute of the input tag. So to accept only PNGs, JPEGs and GIFs you can use the following code:

<input type="file" name="myImage" accept="image/x-png,image/gif,image/jpeg" />

Or simply:

<input type="file" name="myImage" accept="image/*" />

Note that this only provides a hint to the browser as to what file-types to display to the user, but this can be easily circumvented, so you should always validate the uploaded file on the server also.

It should work in IE 10+, Chrome, Firefox, Safari 6+, Opera 15+, but support is very sketchy on mobiles (as of 2015) and by some reports this may actually prevent some mobile browsers from uploading anything at all, so be sure to test your target platforms well.

For detailed browser support, see

6/10/2017 7:35:24 AM

Using this:

<input type="file" accept="image/*">

works in both FF and Chrome.


Use it like this

<input type="file" accept=".png, .jpg, .jpeg" />

It worked for me


1. Add accept attribute to input tag
2. Validate with javascript
3. Add server side validation to verify if the content is really an expected file type

For HTML and javascript:

<input name="image" type="file" id="fileName" accept=".jpg,.jpeg,.png" onchange="validateFileType()"/>
<script type="text/javascript">
    function validateFileType(){
        var fileName = document.getElementById("fileName").value;
        var idxDot = fileName.lastIndexOf(".") + 1;
        var extFile = fileName.substr(idxDot, fileName.length).toLowerCase();
        if (extFile=="jpg" || extFile=="jpeg" || extFile=="png"){
            //TO DO
            alert("Only jpg/jpeg and png files are allowed!");


  1. The accept attribute filters the files that will be displayed in the file chooser popup. However, it is not a validation. It is only a hint to the browser. The user can still change the options in the popup.
  2. The javascript only validates for file extension, but cannot really verify if the select file is an actual jpg or png.
  3. So you have to write for file content validation on server side.

This can be achieved by

<input type="file" accept="image/*" /> 

But this is not a good way. you have to code on the server side to check the file an image or not.

Check if image file is an actual image or fake image

if(isset($_POST["submit"])) {
    $check = getimagesize($_FILES["fileToUpload"]["tmp_name"]);
    if($check !== false) {
        echo "File is an image - " . $check["mime"] . ".";
        $uploadOk = 1;
    else {
        echo "File is not an image.";
        $uploadOk = 0;

For more reference, see here


you can use accept attribute for <input type="file"> read this docs


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