Binding Uploader to Any Page Element

Webix uploader can exist not only in the form of a button that you press to start the upload process. It can be bound to any page element and any page event can be used to call the uploader.

All you need is to follow the following steps:

  • set an uploader invisible, or apiOnly;
  • use uploader API to handle the uploading process.

Note that you cannot use this functionality in IE8.


Related sample:  Invisible Uploader for Datatable

Such uploader can be used with data management components (datatable in particular) and allows uploading pictures on the fly.


//app init
    view:"datatable", .. 
//uploader init
    apiOnly: true, 

Uploader is initialized with the separate webix.ui() call.

Tuning Upload Process

Uploading is controlled through the view and uploader events. (Event Handling is described separately):

View Events

For the 'visible part' you should define the event that starts the uploading. In the above-mentioned datatable, clicking any photo should enable file browsing dialog on your machine.

The file dialog is triggered by the same-name method that is applied to the uploader object and takes upload context hash as parameter. You will be able to use the context object later to reflect upload result on client.

            if (id.column == "photo")
                $$("uploadAPI").fileDialog({ rowid : id.row });

Uploader Events

  • onBeforeFileAdd - fires before file is added to the uploader and uploaded (if autosend is enabled). On this event file filtering should be done to prevent from uploading of files with undesired formats and sizes.
  • onFileUpload - fires after the file has been fully uploaded. On this event the component should be refreshed with a newly uploaded image;
  • onFileUploadError - fires in case an error happens during uploading (status error comes with the server response);
  • etc.. .
            var type = item.type.toLowerCase(); //deriving file extension
            if (type != "jpg" && type != "png"){ //checking the format
                webix.message("Only PNG or JPG images!");
                return false;
            var id = item.context.rowid;
            var row = $$("people").getItem(id);
   = item.sname;
            $$("people").updateItem(id, row);


  • item.type returns file extension;
  • item.sname returns file name under which it was saved on server;
  • item.context is uploader context previously set by fileDialog() method. item.context.rowid returns the ID of the dedicated row in datatable.

Look for more item properties in the main Uploader article.

Using ApiOnly uploader for Drag-n-Drop

Uploader initialization:

    apiOnly: true, 

Defining drop area

If you want to drag-and-drop files with the apiOnly uploader, you should define the desired drop area by the addDropZone method, e.g.:

  • drop to any HTML element of the page:
  • drop to HTML element of any Webix Component:
//$view contains the object of the topmost element of the component

Then, all the files dropped to the area will be added to uploader files and, if autosend is not canceled, will be sent to the server script.

Displaying the files

Additionally, you need to take care of how the files should be displayed. For Webix list there's a ready-made solution:

First, you define type uploader type for the list:

{ view:"list", id:"mylist", type:"uploader" }

Then, link to it in the uploader configuration. You should mention list ID:

{ view:"uploader", id:"uploadAPI", link:"mylist" }

Related sample:  Dnd with Invisible Uploader

Check uploader display modes for details.

For other Webix components as well as for on-page HTML elements you should provide custom logic.

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