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Javascript Image-File Uploader with ThumbViewer

Posted on 28th Feb 2017 in Ajax



Uploading a file is relatively easy. However to create a seamless user experience can be difficult. So I went ahead and created a visual single file uploader with same page thumbnail editor.

Project Scope

Develop a uploader that gas an input with dynamic status with an integrated button (file open browser). It must be able to upload all normal formats such as "jpg", "png", "gif", "bmp", "jpeg", "GIF", "JPG", "PNG"   and auto change file format to a standard “.png” format to reduce unnecessary overhead without reducing image quality limiting size to 2 MB. Add an image name before uploadingand preview a selected thumbnail image before uploading with an image uploading progress shown on uploading the image

Provide an integrated thumbnail viewer which also auto updates on uploaded completion which allows thumbnail name edit and thumbnail deleting.



Coding Difficulty

Medium. Good knowledge of Javascript/Ajax and PHP required would help.


Bootstrap 3 Framework –download here or visit the website at

Bootstrap Filestyle – download the bootstrap-filestyle.min.js from here or visit the website at www. markusslima.github.10/bootstrap-Filestyle.

This improves on the poorly styled Bootstrap input implementation. The Bootstrap Filestyle JQuery based plugin is simple and efficient and is a nicely styled input/button. Check the site out to view all the options offered. This plugin requires JQuery to create the styling and function.

JQuery – download from here or visit the website


The file structure is as follows. The folder uploads holds no script but is the folder where all the uploaded images are stored.



 The index.php file holds the Visual element of the Uploader and alsomakes use of the file reader script that opens the file explorer.

       This script opens  the computors’ file explorer.
        function readURL(input) {
        if (input.files && input.files[0]) {
        var reader = new FileReader();
        reader.onload = function (e) {
        function clearimage(){
        .attr('src', "img/preview.png")


This is the AJAX code to POST (send) the file information to the server as all the action has taken place directly on the web-browser. It also communicates to the progress bar. The eventlistener is attached to the upload and any changes of the XMLHttpRequest() of data sent in the background to the uploadscript.php will communicate the loaded information which will continually recalculate the percentage complete. The progressbar is then refreshed.

        url: 'uploadscript.php',
        data: formData,
        processData: false,
        contentType: false,
        type: 'POST',
        // this part is progress bar
        xhr: function () {
        var xhr = new window.XMLHttpRequest();
        xhr.upload.addEventListener("progress", function (evt) {
        if (evt.lengthComputable) {
        var percentComplete = evt.loaded /;
        percentComplete = parseInt(percentComplete * 100);
        $('.myprogress').text(percentComplete + '%');
        $('.myprogress').css('width', percentComplete + '%');
        }, false);
        return xhr;
        success: function (data) {
        setTimeout(resettimer, 3000);


The fileuploadscript.php - This file receives the AJAX POST call and receives the data  so long as the data is not empty  -“if (isset($_POST) and $_SERVER['REQUEST_METHOD'] == "POST") “

We first check if the file is less than 2 MB and if it is then changes the name by using a count in date seconds which is added to the existing name i.e. box will become box03 . This ensures that no similar file name is overwritten.

We also resize the image to a max width of 800px and create a temporary  copy which becomes a PNG file. The old file is deleted.

The file is now saved to the correct folder in the server. Here is a snippit of the code.

if (isset($_POST) and $_SERVER['REQUEST_METHOD'] == "POST") {
    $path = "uploads/"; //set your folder path
    //set the valid file extensions 
    $valid_formats = array("jpg", "png", "gif", "bmp", "jpeg", "GIF", "JPG", "PNG");//add the formats you want to upload add if needed "doc", "txt", "docx", "pdf", "xls", "xlsx") 
    $name = $_FILES['myfile']['name']; //get the name of the file
    $size = $_FILES['myfile']['size']; //get the size of the file

    if (strlen($name)) { //check if the file is selected or cancelled after pressing the browse button.
        list($txt, $ext) = explode(".", $name); //extract the name and extension of the file
        if (in_array(strtolower($ext), $valid_formats)) { //if the file is valid go on.
            if ($size < 2098888) { // check if the file size is more than 2 mb
                $file_name = $_POST['filename']; //get the file name
               /* changename add int seconds to name  to create unique name*/
                    $tmpint =idate('s'); 
                    $file_name = $file_name.''.$tmpint;

                $tmp = $_FILES['myfile']['tmp_name'];


Create a file imageadjust.php - This file allows the thumbnails to be deleted and also allows the filename to be changed. If deleted, the thumbnail will immediately be removed in the Index.php file. This file will open with an input with the existing filename. Changing the input name and posting the data results in the filename being changed. Here is a snippit...


  $path = "uploads/"; //set your folder path

//delete file and edit file folder


$id = null;
	if ( !empty($_GET['id'])) {
		$oldname = $_REQUEST['id'];

	//echo $oldname;
	if ( $id==null) {
	//	header("Location: index.php");

       $newname = $_POST['name'];
     //	echo $newname;
     	echo $path.''.$newname;

rename ($path.''.$oldname , $path.''.$newname);

	header("Location: index.php");
//	$oldname =$newname;
           <h3>Edit Selected Image </h3>
           <form method="post" enctype="multipart/form-data" >
              <div class="form-group">
 <input class="form-control input"  name = "name" type="text" id="filename" placeholder = "Enter New filename for image" value="<?php echo $oldname;?>">

                 <div class="form-actions">
    <button inputtype="submit" class= "btn btn-success"  name="submit" value="submit"><i class="glyphicon glyphicon-check "></i></button>



Licence MIT

Happy Coding....


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Randy E      Commented   3 years ago Reply

Hi Good day it not easier to use javascript to create this.

Admin      Replied    Moderator   3 years agoReply

Hi Randy Yes, I agree that Javascript is a good option. Using just CSS would ensure that all browser would always function even if JavaScript was not enabled in the browser.

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