Upload files with ajax

The function below sends selected files from a fileEle element to a back-end:

const upload = function(fileEle, backendUrl) {
return new Promise(function(resolve, reject) {
// Get the list of selected files
const files = fileEle.files;

// Create a new FormData
const formData = new FormData();

// Loop over the files
[].forEach.call(files, function(file) {
formData.append(fileEle.name, file, file.name);

// Create new Ajax request
const req = new XMLHttpRequest();
req.open('POST', backendUrl, true);

// Handle the events
req.onload = function() {
if (req.status >= 200 && req.status < 400) {
req.onerror = function() {

// Send it


Assume that we have a file input that allows user to choose multiple files:

<input type="file" id="upload" multiple />

We can use the following code inside a click event handler of a button which performs the uploading:

const fileEle = document.getElementById('upload');

upload(fileEle, '/path/to/back-end').then(function(response) {
// `response` is what we got from the back-end
// We can parse it if the server returns a JSON
const data = JSON.parse(response);


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