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Form file selector.

Shorthand version $(':file')

Description

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

  • The same results can be achieved using the Attribute Equals Selector via $('[type=file]'), without the hit to performance.
  • 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.
  • 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 examples below to narrow the search and improve performance.
  • Syntax

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

    Parameters

    None.

    Return

    N/A.

    :file Example Selectors  <<  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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