PHP script example, Ajax upload

While the upload via XMLHttpRequest is not possible are there many examples and tutorials to upload file via some "virtual IFRAME".
In this quick tutorial we will show how-to create such an Ajax upload form using the jQuery Form plug-in and our easy upload class.The system is very simple, build your upload form just like normal. In place of posting the form to the script you use some JavaScript code to post the data to some PHP script in the background.

<script type="text/javascript" src="jquery.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="jquery.form.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript">

$(document).ready(function() {
var options = {
beforeSubmit: showRequest,
success: showResponse,
url: 'upload4jquery.php', // your upload script
dataType: 'json'
$('#Form1').submit(function() {
document.getElementById('message').innerHTML = '';
return false;

function showRequest(formData, jqForm, options) {
var fileToUploadValue = $('input[@name=fileToUpload]').fieldValue();
if (!fileToUploadValue[0]) {
document.getElementById('message').innerHTML = 'Please select a file.';
return false;

return true;

function showResponse(data, statusText) {
if (statusText == 'success') {
if (data.img != '') {
document.getElementById('result').innerHTML = '<img src="/upload/thumb/'+data.img+'" />';
document.getElementById('message').innerHTML = data.error;
} else {
document.getElementById('message').innerHTML = data.error;
} else {
document.getElementById('message').innerHTML = 'Unknown error!';


Next create a PHP script named "upload4jquery.php" and place it in the same directory where other files are located. Place this code into that new file:


$foto_upload = new Foto_upload;

$json['size'] = $_POST['MAX_FILE_SIZE'];
$json['img'] = '';

$foto_upload->upload_dir = $_SERVER['DOCUMENT_ROOT']."/upload/";
$foto_upload->foto_folder = $_SERVER['DOCUMENT_ROOT']."/upload/";
$foto_upload->thumb_folder = $_SERVER['DOCUMENT_ROOT']."/upload/thumb/";
$foto_upload->extensions = array(".jpg", ".gif", ".png");
$foto_upload->language = "en";
$foto_upload->x_max_size = 480;
$foto_upload->y_max_size = 360;
$foto_upload->x_max_thumb_size = 120;
$foto_upload->y_max_thumb_size = 120;

$foto_upload->the_temp_file = $_FILES['fileToUpload']['tmp_name'];
$foto_upload->the_file = $_FILES['fileToUpload']['name'];
$foto_upload->http_error = $_FILES['fileToUpload']['error'];
$foto_upload->rename_file = true;

if ($foto_upload->upload()) {
$foto_upload->process_image(false, true, true, 80);
$json['img'] = $foto_upload->file_copy;

$json['error'] = strip_tags($foto_upload->show_error_string());
echo json_encode($json);
This tutorial or guide is not about how to use the easy upload class. If you never used the class before try the example files first and than start with this Ajax upload form.

Paths and upload directories

You need to create some upload directories (2 one for the upload and one for the thumbs) and check the permission (chmod the upload directory with 777). If you use the same structure as suggested in the class file you don't need to change the include at the top from the PHP script.

Now we need the form HTML and some other containers where the response data is placed.

<form id="Form1" name="Form1" method="post" action="">
<input type="hidden" name="MAX_FILE_SIZE" value="<?php echo $max_size; ?>" />
Select an image from your hard disk:

<input type="file" name="fileToUpload" id="fileToUpload" size="18" />
<input type="Submit" value="Submit" id="buttonForm" />
<img id="loading" src="loading.gif" style="display:none;" />

<p id="message">

<p id="result">