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File Upload with Progress Bar using jQuery and PHP

In this post you will learn how to create a AJAX file uploading system with progress bar using jQuery and PHP. For this purpose we will going to use jQuery Form Plugin. It is a easy to use and powerful jQuery AJAX form submitting plugin. It supports XMLHttpRequest Level 2 and iframe file transportation. That's why it will work for both old and new browsers.

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Step 1 - The HTML

As usual, we will start with HTML markup.

<!doctype html>
<html lang="en">

  <meta charset="utf-8">
  <title>File Upload with Progress Bar</title>

  <!--style sheets-->
  <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="css/pure.css">
  <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="css/style.css">

  <script type="text/javascript">
    // select file function only for styling up input[type="file"]
    function select_file(){
      return false;

  <div class="container">

    <!--status message will appear here-->
    <div class="status"></div>

    <!--image upload form-->
    <form class="pure-form" action="upload.php" enctype="multipart/form-data" method="post">

      <div class="upload">
        <a onclick="select_file()" class="pure-button">Choose a Image</a>
        <input id="image" type="file" name="image" >

      <!--image preview-->
      <img src="" style="display:none">

      <input class="pure-button pure-button-primary" type="submit" value="Upload!">

    <!--progress bar-->
    <div class="progress">
          <div class="bar"></div >
          <div class="percent">0%</div >


  <!--scripts include-->

  <!-- jQuery Library-->
  <script type="text/javascript" src="//"></script>

  <!-- jQuery Form Plug in -->
  <script type="text/javascript" src="js/jquery.form.min.js"></script>

  <!-- our main javascript file -->
  <script type="text/javascript" src="js/script.js"></script>


The form is the heart of this html page. It will allow as to upload file. Before closing body tag I have inserted three JavaScript files. These are jQuery library, jQuery form plugin and our main script file.

Step 2 - jQuery

This is our main JavaScript file. There are two part of this file. The first one is image preview (based on HTML5 FileReader api) and second one is jQuery AJAX form submit (based on jQuery Form plugin).

$(document).ready(function() {
  /* variables */
  var preview = $('img');
  var status = $('.status');
  var percent = $('.percent');
  var bar = $('.bar');

  /* only for image preview */

    /* html FileRender Api */
    var oFReader = new FileReader();

    oFReader.onload = function (oFREvent) {

  /* submit form with ajax request */

    /* set data type json */
    dataType:  'json',

    /* reset before submitting */
    beforeSend: function() {

    /* progress bar call back*/
    uploadProgress: function(event, position, total, percentComplete) {
      var pVel = percentComplete + '%';

    /* complete call back */
    complete: function(data) {


Step 3 - PHP

We need to handle uploaded file from server side. The upload.php file holds the file upload functionality. Because we are working with JSON data type that's why fist we need to set content type json.

header('Content-type: application/json');

$valid_exts = array('jpeg', 'jpg', 'png', 'gif'); // valid extensions
$max_size = 200 * 1024; // max file size (200kb)
$path = 'uploads/'; // upload directory

  if( @is_uploaded_file($_FILES['image']['tmp_name']) )
    // get uploaded file extension
    $ext = strtolower(pathinfo($_FILES['image']['name'], PATHINFO_EXTENSION));
    // looking for format and size validity
    if (in_array($ext, $valid_exts) AND $_FILES['image']['size'] < $max_size)
      // unique file path
      $path = $path . uniqid(). '.' .$ext;
      // move uploaded file from temp to uploads directory
      if (move_uploaded_file($_FILES['image']['tmp_name'], $path))
        $status = 'Image successfully uploaded!';
      else {
        $status = 'Upload Fail: Unknown error occurred!';
    else {
      $status = 'Upload Fail: Unsupported file format or It is too large to upload!';
  else {
    $status = 'Upload Fail: File not uploaded!';
else {
  $status = 'Bad request!';

// echo out json encoded status
echo json_encode(array('status' => $status));

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