10 Best File Upload Libraries In jQuery And Vanilla JavaScript (2022 Update)

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What Is File Upload?

File uploading is currently a must if we need to handle files that our users can upload on their browser, whether to send them to some remote server, store them in local storage or display them by using object tags. The browsers in fact allow us to do so flawlessly.

JavaScript has been around for a while and there are still some aspects of it that are very confusing and hard to understand, particularly the DOM (Document Object Model), WebGL and file uploads. Modern browsers support HTML5 file upload attributes on form tags which replaces the need for a Flash or Java applet. There are a range of JavaScript libraries which make working with file uploads easier than in the past.

There are so many file upload JavaScript libraries out there, but how do you choose which one to use? There's no objective way to compare all the available JavaScript libraries out there and, just like any other developer tool, it very much depends on the project you're working on.

The Best File Upload Plugins (Libraries)

You are creating an online form that needs to support file uploads. This is a fairly common use-case. However, you might not know what JavaScript libraries you can use to make your life easier.

That’s why I’ve created this list of 10 best file upload jQuery plugins and JavaScript libraries that simplify the file upload task and improve the uploading experience on the web app. I hope you like it.

Originally Published Sep 20 2019, updated Feb 20 2022

Table of contents:

jQuery File Upload Plugins:

Drag and Drop File Uploader Plugin - dropzone

dropzone.js is a javascript library for jQuery that provides an easy way to upload and preview image with nice progress bar. It supports multiple file uploads and drag and drop uploads.

Drag and Drop File Uploader Plugin - dropzone

[Demo] [Download]


Beautiful jQuery File Upload Plugin with Bootstrap

A Beautiful and powerful jQuery File Upload Plugin with multiple file selection, drag&drop support, progress bars and preview images.

Beautiful jQuery File Upload Plugin with Bootstrap

[Demo] [Download]


Drag and Drop File Uploading With jQuery - Image Uploader

This is a simple, customizable jQuery image uploader plugin that features drag'n'drop file selection, image preview, predefined image list, and extension/mime/file size validation.

Drag and Drop File Uploading With jQuery - Image Uploader

[Demo] [Download]


Fancy Responsive File Uploader For jQuery - FancyFileUpload

A plugin that converts the normal file input into a file uploader interface with support for drag'n'drop, keyboard interactions, file preview, Chunked file upload and much more.

Fancy Responsive File Uploader For jQuery - FancyFileUpload

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Small Drag & Drop To Upload Plugin - jQuery simple-upload

A lightweight, user-friendly, AJAX-enabled file uploader plugin that supports drag'n'drop, file validation, upload progress bar, AJAX form submit, etc.

Small Drag & Drop To Upload Plugin - jQuery simple-upload

[Demo] [Download]


Vanilla JS File Upload Plugins:

file-upload-with-preview.js

The file-upload-with-preview.js JavaScript library enhances the default file input with support for file preview before uploading. Supports images, videos, PDFs and more.

File Uploader With Preview – file-upload-with-preview.js

[Demo] [Download]


Dropzone

A lightweight yet configurable JavaScript library that converts the normal form element into a pretty nice drop’n’drop with file preview and upload progress support.

Pretty Drag And Drop Upload Zone In Pure JavaScript – Dropzone

[Demo] [Download]


SlashUploader

A simple, flexible, cross-browser, highly customizable file uploader written in pure JavaScript.

Customizable Multi-file Uploader – SlashUploader

[Demo] [Download]


Drag and Drop File Uploader In Vanilla JavaScript

A Vanilla JavaScript component to create a beautiful drag’n’drop file uploader with image preview.

Drag and Drop File Uploader In Vanilla JavaScript

[Demo] [Download]


uppload.js

A modern JavaScript library created to improve the image upload experience.

Elegant Image Uploader With Resize/Crop Support – uppload.js

[Demo] [Download]


Conclusion:

As you can see, there are many different JavaScript libraries for handling file uploads—many of which are excellent for meeting a variety of needs. In the end, your choice may depend on your preferred programming style, and what better way to figure that out than through a real-world example? Within this roundup of file upload libraries, we’ve included a downloadable example project for each one.

 

Next time you find yourself building a website or web application that requires file upload functionality, be sure to check out these examples for an in-depth look at how each library works in practice.

Looking for more jQuery plugins or JavaScript libraries to create awesome File Uplader on the web & mobile? See jQuery Uploader and JavaScript Uploader sections for more details.