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Form file selector.

Shorthand version $(':file')

Description

The :file selector, selects all elements of type file.

Being a jQuery extension the :file pseudo selector is not part of any current CSS specification. Therefore :file cannot take advantage of the performance boost provided by the native DOM querySelectorAll() method.

The same results can be achieved with valid CSS using $('[type=file]'), without the hit to performance.

If this selector is not preceded by another selector, the universal selector ("*") is implied and so the whole DOM will be searched. Use another selector as in the example below to narrow the search and improve performance.

Syntax


Signature Description
jQuery(':file')Form file pseudo-class match

Parameters

None.

Return

N/A.

:file Examplego to top of page Top

Selects all elements of type file.

In the example below we apply an orange background to 'file' elements within the form.


$(function(){
  $('.ourform').submit(function () { return false; }); // disable submit 
  $('#btn3').on('click', function() {
    $('form input:file').css('backgroundColor', 'orange');
  });
});

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