File form field type

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Provides an input field for files

  • type (mandatory) must be file.
  • name (mandatory) is the unique name of the field.
  • label (mandatory) (translatable) is the descriptive title of the field.
  • description (optional) (translatable) is text that will be shown as a tooltip when the user moves the mouse over the drop-down box.
  • default (optional) (not translatable) is the default value, but doesn't mean much for a file.
  • size (optional) is the width of the file box in characters.
  • accept (optional) Tells the browser what MIME types your form will allow to be uploaded.
  • class (optional) is a CSS class name for the HTML form field.
  • labelclass (optional) adds a CSS class for form field's label; for Joomla 2.5.4+
  • disabled (optional) HTML equivalent attribute
  • onchange (optional) HTML equivalent attribute (javascript use)
  • required Cannot be used with this field type. If the field is marked as required it will always fail validation regardless of whether a file has been uploaded or not. The suggested workaround is to add a filerequired attribute which can be tested in your own file handling code.
  • validate (optional) Whether to Joomla validate the field according to rules
  • showon (optional) Allows you to hide the field based on the value(s) of another field; for Joomla 3.2.4+
  • multiple (optional) Allows you to upload multiple files at once when set to multiple="true"

Note: When using the file input type you should always add the attribute enctype="multipart/form-data" to your form tag. Otherwise, the uploaded files will not be attached correctly. Note 2: You can put a soft limit file size by adding a hidden field with name="MAX_FILE_SIZE" and value the maximum allowed bytes which is handled by php, but you must also handle it in your code with or without it.

Example XML field definition:

<field name="myfilevalue" type="file" label="Enter some text" description="Choose an image from your computer with maximum 100KB" size="10" accept="image/*" />

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