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How to fire event on file select in jQuery

Topic: JavaScript / jQueryPrev|Next

Answer: Use the jQuery change() method

You can simply use the jQuery change() method to fire an event to do something when the user select any file using the HTML file <input> type box.

Let's try out an example to understand how this method basically works:

  • <!DOCTYPE html>
  • <html lang="en">
  • <head>
  • <meta charset="utf-8">
  • <title>jQuery Fire Event on File Select</title>
  • <script src="https://code.jquery.com/jquery-1.12.4.min.js"></script>
  • <script>
  •     $(document).ready(function(){
  •         $("#myInput").change(function(){
  •             alert("A file has been selected.");
  •         });
  •     });
  • </script>
  • </head>
  • <body>
  •     <form>
  •         <input type="file" id="myInput">
  •     </form>
  • </body>
  • </html>

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