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Uploading files using xhr.send(FormData) to PHP server
$fileName = $_FILES['afile']['name'];
$fileType = $_FILES['afile']['type'];
$fileContent = file_get_contents($_FILES['afile']['tmp_name']);
$dataUrl = 'data:' . $fileType . ';base64,' . base64_encode($fileContent);
$json = json_encode(array(
'name' => $fileName,
'type' => $fileType,
'dataUrl' => $dataUrl,
'username' => $_REQUEST['username'],
'accountnum' => $_REQUEST['accountnum']
echo $json;
<!DOCTYPE html>
Copyright 2012 Google Inc.
Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License");
you may not use this file except in compliance with the License.
You may obtain a copy of the License at
Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software
distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS,
See the License for the specific language governing permissions and
limitations under the License.
Author: Eric Bidelman (
<meta charset="utf-8" />
<meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=Edge,chrome=1" />
<title>xhr.send(FormData) Example</title>
<input type="file" name="afile" id="afile" accept="image/*"/>
document.querySelector('#afile').addEventListener('change', function(e) {
var file = this.files[0];
var fd = new FormData();
fd.append("afile", file);
// These extra params aren't necessary but show that you can include other data.
fd.append("username", "Groucho");
fd.append("accountnum", 123456);
var xhr = new XMLHttpRequest();'POST', 'handle_file_upload.php', true);
xhr.upload.onprogress = function(e) {
if (e.lengthComputable) {
var percentComplete = (e.loaded / * 100;
console.log(percentComplete + '% uploaded');
xhr.onload = function() {
if (this.status == 200) {
var resp = JSON.parse(this.response);
console.log('Server got:', resp);
var image = document.createElement('img');
image.src = resp.dataUrl;
}, false);
<!--[if IE]>
<script src=""></script>
<script>CFInstall.check({mode: 'overlay'});</script>
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Note to anyone finding this via Google Search about Cordova File Upload:
You can use this code on input:file with position:absolute; opacity:0; trick too. Works like a charm.

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can send(fd) plus other such as image size?

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Yes. You can still populate the data: {} property as you wish.
What I said just triggers the usual use case for the plugin.

And it still works to this day!

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PaYo90 commented Jul 16, 2020

I can access rsp.dataUrl my object all the time refuses to read into it, i have it undefined, pls help.

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