Styling an input type="file" button

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When stiling a file input, you shouldn't break any of native interaction the input provides.

The display: none approach breaks the native drag and drop support.

The only way I found to not break anything is the opacity: 0 approach for the input, positionned using relative / absolute pattern.

Using this technique, you can easily style a click / drop zone for the user, and add custom class in javascript on dragenter event to let user see that he can drop a file.

Here is a working example, simple on all html, css and javascript side.

https://jsfiddle.net/ms3bbazv/4/

Hope this helped !

jquery version of teshguru script for automatically detect input[file] and style

<html> <head> <script type="text/javascript" src="http://code.jquery.com/jquery-1.7.2.min.js"></script> <style> #yourBtn{ position: relative; top: 150px; font-family: calibri; width: 150px; padding: 10px; -webkit-border-radius: 5px; -moz-border-radius: 5px; border: 1px dashed #BBB; text-align: center; background-color: #DDD; cursor:pointer; } </style> <script type="text/javascript"> $(document).ready(function() { $('input[type=file]').each(function() { $(this).attr('onchange',"sub(this)"); $('<div id="yourBtn" onclick="getFile()">click to upload a file</div>').insertBefore(this); $(this).wrapAll('<div style="height: 0px;width: 0px; overflow:hidden;"></div>'); }); }); function getFile(){ $('input[type=file]').click(); } function sub(obj){ var file = obj.value; var fileName = file.split("\\"); document.getElementById("yourBtn").innerHTML = fileName[fileName.length-1]; } </script> </head> <body> <?php var_dump($_FILES); ?> <center> <form action="" method="post" enctype="multipart/form-data" name="myForm"> <input id="upfile" name="file" type="file" value="upload"/> <input type="submit" value='submit' > </form> </center> </body> </html> 

You don't need JavaScript for this! Here is a cross-browser solution:

See this example! - It works in Chrome/FF/IE - (IE10/9/8/7)

The best approach would be to have a custom label element with a for attribute attached to a hidden file input element. (The label's for attribute must match the file element's id in order for this to work).

<label for="file-upload" class="custom-file-upload"> Custom Upload </label> <input id="file-upload" type="file"/> 

As an alternative, you could also just wrap the file input element with a label directly: (example)

<label class="custom-file-upload"> <input type="file"/> Custom Upload </label> 

In terms of styling, just hide1 the input element using the attribute selector.

input[type="file"] { display: none; } 

Then all you need to do is style the custom label element. (example).

.custom-file-upload { border: 1px solid #ccc; display: inline-block; padding: 6px 12px; cursor: pointer; } 

1 - It's worth noting that if you hide the element using display: none, it won't work in IE8 and below. Also be aware of the fact that jQuery validate doesn't validate hidden fields by default. If either of those things are an issue for you, here are two different methods to hide the input (1, 2) that work in these circumstances.

I've found a very easy method to switch the file button to a picture. You just label a picture and place it on top of the file button.

<html> <div id="File button"> <div style="position:absolute;"> <!--This is your labeled image--> <label for="fileButton"><img src="ImageURL"></label> </div> <div> <input type="file" id="fileButton"/> </div> </div> </html> 

When clicking on the labeled image, you select the file button.

Maybe a lot of awnsers. But I like this in pure CSS with fa-buttons:

.divs { position: relative; display: inline-block; background-color: #fcc; } .inputs { position:absolute; left: 0px; height: 100%; width: 100%; opacity: 0; background: #00f; z-index:999; } .icons { position:relative; }
<div class="divs"> <input type='file' id='image' class="inputs"> <i class="fa fa-image fa-2x icons"></i> </div> <div class="divs"> <input type='file' id='book' class="inputs"> <i class="fa fa-book fa-5x icons"></i> </div> <br><br><br> <div class="divs"> <input type='file' id='data' class="inputs"> <i class="fa fa-id-card fa-3x icons"></i> </div> <link href="https://maxcdn.bootstrapcdn.com/font-awesome/4.7.0/css/font-awesome.min.css" rel="stylesheet"/>

HTML

<div class="new_Btn">SelectPicture</div><br> <input id="html_btn" type='file'" /><br> 

CSS

.new_Btn { // your css propterties } #html_btn { display:none; } 

jQuery

$('.new_Btn').bind("click" , function () { $('#html_btn').click(); }); //edit: 6/20/2014: Be sure to use ".on" not ".bind" for newer versions of jQuery 

Fiddle: http://jsfiddle.net/M7BXC/

You can reach your goals too without jQuery with normal JavaScript.

Now the newBtn is linkes with the html_btn and you can style your new btn like you want :D

A really clever solution using jQuery that works in all older browsers as well as in the new ones, I found here. It takes care of all the styling and click() problems, using the actual file browse button. I made a plain javascript version: fiddle The solution is as simple as genius: make the file-input invisible, and use a piece of code to place it under the mousecursor.

<div class="inp_field_12" onmousemove="file_ho(event,this,1)"><span>browse</span> <input id="file_1" name="file_1" type="file" value="" onchange="file_ch(1)"> </div> <div id="result_1" class="result"></div> function file_ho(e, o, a) { e = window.event || e; var x = 0, y = 0; if (o.offsetParent) { do { x += o.offsetLeft; y += o.offsetTop; } while (o = o.offsetParent); } var x1 = e.clientX || window.event.clientX; var y1 = e.clientY || window.event.clientY; var le = 100 - (x1 - x); var to = 10 - (y1 - y); document.getElementById('file_' + a).style.marginRight = le + 'px'; document.getElementById('file_' + a).style.marginTop = -to + 'px'; } .inp_field_12 { position:relative; overflow:hidden; float: left; width: 130px; height: 30px; background: orange; } .inp_field_12 span { position: absolute; width: 130px; font-family:'Calibri', 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif; font-size:17px; line-height:27px; text-align:center; color:#555; } .inp_field_12 input[type='file'] { cursor:pointer; cursor:hand; position: absolute; top: 0px; right: 0px; -moz-opacity:0; filter:alpha(opacity: 0); opacity: 0; outline: none; outline-style:none; outline-width:0; ie-dummy: expression(this.hideFocus=true); } .inp_field_12:hover { background-position:-140px -35px; } .inp_field_12:hover span { color:#fff; } 

This week I also needed to custom the button and display the selected file name aside it, so after reading some of the answers above (Thanks BTW) I came up with the following implementation:

HTML:

<div class="browse"> <label id="uploadBtn" class="custom-file-upload">Choose file <input type="file" name="fileInput" id="fileInput" accept=".yaml" ngf-select ngf-change="onFileSelect($files)" /> </label> <span>{{fileName}}</span> </div> 

CSS

 input[type='file'] { color: #a1bbd5; display: none; } .custom-file-upload { border: 1px solid #a1bbd5; display: inline-block; padding: 2px 8px; cursor: pointer; } label{ color: #a1bbd5; border-radius: 3px; } 

Javascript (Angular)

app.controller('MainCtrl', function($scope) { $scope.fileName = 'No file chosen'; $scope.onFileSelect = function ($files) { $scope.selectedFile = $files; $scope.fileName = $files[0].name; }; }); 

Basically I'm working with ng-file-upload lib, Angular-wise I'm binding the filename to my $scope and giving it the initial value of 'No file chosen', I'm also binding the onFileSelect() function to my scope so when a file gets selected I'm getting the filename using ng-upload API and assign it to the $scope.filename.

If anyone still cares on how to do this without JavaScript, let me complete Josh answer:

How to display the text of the filename:

The easiest way is to set both elements to a position:relative, give the label a higher z-index and give the input file negative margin until the label text is where you want it to be. Do not use display:none on the input!

Example:

input[type="file"] { position:relative; z-index:1; margin-left:-90px; } .custom-file-upload { border: 1px solid #ccc; display: inline-block; padding: 6px 12px; cursor: pointer; position:relative; z-index:2; background:white; } 

ONLY CSS

Use this very simple and EASY

Html:

<label>Attach your screenshort</label> <input type="file" multiple class="choose"> 

Css:

.choose::-webkit-file-upload-button { color: white; display: inline-block; background: #1CB6E0; border: none; padding: 7px 15px; font-weight: 700; border-radius: 3px; white-space: nowrap; cursor: pointer; font-size: 10pt; } 

If you are using Bootstrap 3, this worked for me:

See http://www.abeautifulsite.net/whipping-file-inputs-into-shape-with-bootstrap-3/

.btn-file { position: relative; overflow: hidden; } .btn-file input[type=file] { position: absolute; top: 0; right: 0; min-width: 100%; min-height: 100%; font-size: 100px; text-align: right; filter: alpha(opacity=0); opacity: 0; outline: none; background: white; cursor: inherit; display: block; }
<link href="https://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/twitter-bootstrap/3.3.7/css/bootstrap.min.css" rel="stylesheet" /> <span class="btn btn-primary btn-file"> Browse...<input type="file"> </span>

Which produces the following file input button:

Example button

Seriously, check out http://www.abeautifulsite.net/whipping-file-inputs-into-shape-with-bootstrap-3/

Plug-in solutions I found were too heavy-weight, so, I made my own jQuery plug-in called Drolex FileStyle.

This plug-in allows you to style file input fields however you want. Actually, you style div elements to look like a tricked out file input, and the actual file input is automatically overlaid with 0% opacity. No additional HTML is required. Just include the css and js files in the page you want Drolex FileStyle and that's it! Edit the css file to your liking. Don't forget the jQuery library if your page doesn't already have it. If the client does not run JavaScript, then the file input will not be modified by js or css.

Tested to work in Chrome 24, Firefox 18, Internet Explorer 9. Expected to work in previous versions of those and others.

Download: http://web.drolex.net/Drolex-FileStyle.zip

Here's a cross compatible method which will work in Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and IE.

$(window).on('resize',function() { var eqw = $('input[type=text]').width(); $('textarea').width(eqw - 32); $('.fileoutline').width(eqw); }).trigger('resize'); $('.file+.file').hide(); $(".file").click(function() { var input = $(this).next().find('input'); input.click(); }); $("input[id='file1']").change(function () { $('.file+.file').show(); var filename = $(this).val(); $('.filename1').html(filename); $('.file').find('span').html('CHANGE FILE'); }); $("input[id='file2']").change(function() { var filename = $(this).val(); $('.filename2').html(filename); $('.file').find('span').html('CHANGE FILE'); }); 
form { width:55%;margin:0 auto;padding-left:3vw;text-align:left; } fieldset{border:0;margin:0;padding:0;} textarea{overflow: auto;height:25vh;resize:none;outline:none;width:93%;background:none;padding:8px 15px;display:block;text-align:left;border:1px solid #000;margin:0;color:#000;font:700 0.85em/2.2 'Futura Book',Arial,sans-serif;} input:focus{outline:none;} input[type=text]{font-weight:700;font-size:0.85em;line-height:2.2;background:none;text-align:left;letter-spacing:0.02em;height:33px;display:block;width:100%;border:none;border-bottom:1px solid #000;margin:0 0 28px;color:#000;} input:focus{outline:0;} .fileoutline { width:100%;margin:25px auto 0px;left:0;right:0;height:40px;border:1px solid #000;position:relative; } input[type=file] { -webkit-appearance: none;-moz-appearance:none;appearance: none;opacity:0;position:relative;width:100%;height:35px;font-weight:700;font-size:0.5em;line-height:28px;letter-spacing:0.2em;position: absolute;left: 0;top: 0;height: 100%;z-index:10; } .file,.filename1,.filename2,#submit { font-size:10px;letter-spacing:0.02em;text-transform:uppercase;color:#ffffff;text-align:center;width:35%;} .file,.filename1,.filename2 { font-weight:200;line-height:28px;} .filename1,.filename2 { width:375px;overflow:hidden;top:0;text-align:right;position:absolute;display:block;height:26px;color:#000;} .file { position:absolute;width:100px;top:6px;left:10px;background:#000;border-radius:14px; } ::-webkit-file-upload-button,::-ms-browse { width: 100%;height:25px;opacity: 0;-webkit-appearance: none;appearance: none; } #submit{border:none;height:32px;background: #000;box-shadow:0 0 0 0.5px #fff,0 0 0 5px #000;margin:35px 0;float:right;display:block;}
<form action="" method="post" enctype="multipart/form-data"> <input type="text" name="email" id="email" placeholder="Email address" /> <input type="text" type="text" name="name" id="title" placeholder="Name" /> <textarea rows="7" cols="40" name="description" id="description" placeholder="Description"></textarea> <div class="fileoutline"><div class="file"><span>CHOOSE FILE</span><input type="file" name="file[]" id="file1"><div class="filename1">NO CHOSEN FILE</div></div></div> <div class="fileoutline"><div class="file"><span>CHOOSE FILE</span><input type="file" name="file[]" id="file2"><div class="filename2">NO CHOSEN FILE</div></div></div> <input type="submit" name="submit" value="Submit" id="submit"> </form>

<input type="file" name="media" style="display-none" onchange="document.media.submit()"> 

I would normally use simple javascript to customize the file input tag.A hidden input field,on click of button,javascript call the hidden field,simple solution with out any css or bunch of jquery.

<button id="file" onclick="$('#file').click()">Upload File</button> 

All rendering engines automatically generate a button when an <input type="file"> is created. Historically, that button has been completely un-styleable. However, Trident and WebKit have added hooks through pseudo-elements.

Trident

As of IE10, the file input button can be styled using the ::-ms-browse pseudo-element. Basically, any CSS rules that you apply to a regular button can be applied to the pseudo-element. For example:

::-ms-browse { background: black; color: red; padding: 1em; }
<input type="file">

This displays as follows in IE10 on Windows 8:

This displays as follows in IE10 on Windows 8:

WebKit

WebKit provides a hook for its file input button with the ::-webkit-file-upload-button pseudo-element. Again, pretty much any CSS rule can be applied, therefore the Trident example will work here as well:

::-webkit-file-upload-button { background: black; color: red; padding: 1em; }
<input type="file">

This displays as follows in Chrome 26 on OS X:

This displays as follows in Chrome 26 on OS X:

Here's a simple css only solution, that creates a consistent target area, and lets you style your faux elements however you like.

The basic idea is this:

  1. Have two "fake" elements (a text input/link) as siblings to your real file input. Absolutely position them so they're exactly on top of your target area.
  2. Wrap your file input with a div. Set overflow to hidden (so the file input doesn't spill out), and make it exactly the size that you want your target area to be.
  3. Set opacity to 0 on the file input so it's hidden but still clickable. Give it a large font size so the you can click on all portions of the target area.

Here's the jsfiddle: http://jsfiddle.net/gwwar/nFLKU/

<form> <input id="faux" type="text" placeholder="Upload a file from your computer" /> <a href="#" id="browse">Browse </a> <div id="wrapper"> <input id="input" size="100" type="file" /> </div> </form> 

These answers are nice, and they all work for very specific use cases. That is to say, they are opinionated.

So, here's an answer that assumes nothing, but will work no matter how you modify it. You can change design with css, add javascript to maybe show a file name on change, etc. it will still always work.

Code:

Here is the core css

.file-input{ pointer-events: none; position: relative; overflow: hidden; } .file-input > * { pointer-events: none; } .file-input > input[type="file"]{ position: absolute; top: 0; right: 0; bottom: 0; left: 0; opacity: 0; pointer-events: all; cursor: pointer; height: 100%; width: 100%; } 

and the core html:

<div class="file-input"> <input type="file"/> </div> 

As you can see, we are forcing any pointer event(click) that happens on the .file-input element, or any of its children, to be proxied to the file input. This is because the file input is positioned absolute and will consume the width/height of the container always. You can therefore customize to fit your need. style the wrapper into a button, use some js to display file name on select, etc. nothing will break so long as the above core code remains intact.

As you will see in the demo, i have added a span with text "Select file" and a class with extra styles to style the .file-input div. This should be the canonical starting point for anyone intending to create a custom file upload element.

Demo:JSFIDDLE

Update Nevermind, this doesn't work in IE or it's new brother, FF. Works on every other type of element as expected, but doesn't work on file inputs. A much better way to do this is to just create a file input and a label that links to it. Make the file input display none and boom, it works in IE9+ seamlessly.

Warning: Everything below this is crap!

By using pseudo elements positioned/sized against their container, we can get by with only one input file (no additional markup needed), and style as per usual.

Demo

<input type="file" class="foo"> .foo { display: block; position: relative; width: 300px; margin: auto; cursor: pointer; border: 0; height: 60px; border-radius: 5px; outline: 0; } .foo:hover:after { background: #5978f8; } .foo:after { transition: 200ms all ease; border-bottom: 3px solid rgba(0,0,0,.2); background: #3c5ff4; text-shadow: 0 2px 0 rgba(0,0,0,.2); color: #fff; font-size: 20px; text-align: center; position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; display: block; content: 'Upload Something'; line-height: 60px; border-radius: 5px; } 

Enjoy guys!

Old Update

Turned this into a Stylus mixin. Should be easy enough for one of you cool SCSS cats to convert it.

file-button(button_width = 150px) display block position relative margin auto cursor pointer border 0 height 0 width 0 outline none &:after position absolute top 0 text-align center display block width button_width left -(button_width / 2) 

Usage:

<input type="file"> input[type="file"] file-button(200px) 

follow these steps then you can create custom styles for your file upload form:

1.) this is the simple html form(please read the html comments i have written here below)

 <form action="#type your action here" method="POST" enctype="multipart/form-data"> <div id="yourBtn" style="height: 50px; width: 100px;border: 1px dashed #BBB; cursor:pointer;" onclick="getFile()">Click to upload!</div> <!-- this is your file input tag, so i hide it!--> <div style='height: 0px;width:0px; overflow:hidden;'><input id="upfile" type="file" value="upload"/></div> <!-- here you can have file submit button or you can write a simple script to upload the file automatically--> <input type="submit" value='submit' > </form> 

2.) then use this simple script to pass the click event to file input tag.

 function getFile(){ document.getElementById("upfile").click(); } 

now you can use any type of a styling without worrying how to change default styles. i know this very well, because i have been trying to change the default styles for month and a half. believe me it's very hard because different browsers have different upload input tag. So use this one to build your custom file upload forms.Here is the full AUTOMATED UPLOAD code.

<html> <head> <style> #yourBtn{ position: relative; top: 150px; font-family: calibri; width: 150px; padding: 10px; -webkit-border-radius: 5px; -moz-border-radius: 5px; border: 1px dashed #BBB; text-align: center; background-color: #DDD; cursor:pointer; } </style> <script type="text/javascript"> function getFile(){ document.getElementById("upfile").click(); } function sub(obj){ var file = obj.value; var fileName = file.split("\\"); document.getElementById("yourBtn").innerHTML = fileName[fileName.length-1]; document.myForm.submit(); event.preventDefault(); } </script> </head> <body> <center> <form action="#type your action here" method="POST" enctype="multipart/form-data" name="myForm"> <div id="yourBtn" onclick="getFile()">click to upload a file</div> <!-- this is your file input tag, so i hide it!--> <!-- i used the onchange event to fire the form submission--> <div style='height: 0px;width: 0px; overflow:hidden;'><input id="upfile" type="file" value="upload" onchange="sub(this)"/></div> <!-- here you can have file submit button or you can write a simple script to upload the file automatically--> <!-- <input type="submit" value='submit' > --> </form> </center> </body> </html> 

enjoy!

Have a Nice Day,

Here is a solution which doesn't really style the <input type="file" /> element but instead uses a <input type="file" /> element on top of other elements (which can be styled). The <input type="file" /> element is not really visible hence, the overall illusion is of a nicely styled file upload control.

I came across this problem recently and despite the plethora of answers on Stack Overflow, none really seemed to fit the bill. In the end, I ended up customizing this so as to have a simple and an elegant solution.

I have also tested this on Firefox, IE (11, 10 & 9), Chrome and Opera, iPad and a few android devices.

Here's the JSFiddle link -> http://jsfiddle.net/umhva747/

$('input[type=file]').change(function(e) { $in = $(this); $in.next().html($in.val()); }); $('.uploadButton').click(function() { var fileName = $("#fileUpload").val(); if (fileName) { alert(fileName + " can be uploaded."); } else { alert("Please select a file to upload"); } });
body { background-color:Black; } div.upload { background-color:#fff; border: 1px solid #ddd; border-radius:5px; display:inline-block; height: 30px; padding:3px 40px 3px 3px; position:relative; width: auto; } div.upload:hover { opacity:0.95; } div.upload input[type="file"] { display: input-block; width: 100%; height: 30px; opacity: 0; cursor:pointer; position:absolute; left:0; } .uploadButton { background-color: #425F9C; border: none; border-radius: 3px; color: #FFF; cursor:pointer; display: inline-block; height: 30px; margin-right:15px; width: auto; padding:0 20px; box-sizing: content-box; } .fileName { font-family: Arial; font-size:14px; } .upload + .uploadButton { height:38px; }
<script src="https://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.9.1/jquery.min.js"></script> <form action="" method="post" enctype="multipart/form-data"> <div class="upload"> <input type="button" class="uploadButton" value="Browse" /> <input type="file" name="upload" accept="image/*" id="fileUpload" /> <span class="fileName">Select file..</span> </div> <input type="button" class="uploadButton" value="Upload File" /> </form>

Hope this helps!!!

In case you're looking for a javascript library - out of the box solution, jquery-fileinput works fine.

I am able to do it with pure CSS using below code. I have used bootstrap and font-awesome.

<link href="https://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/twitter-bootstrap/3.3.7/css/bootstrap.min.css" rel="stylesheet" /> <link href="https://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/font-awesome/4.7.0/css/font-awesome.css" rel="stylesheet" /> <label class="btn btn-default btn-sm center-block btn-file"> <i class="fa fa-upload fa-2x" aria-hidden="true"></i> <input type="file" style="display: none;"> </label>

Here is a solution, that also shows the chosen file name: http://jsfiddle.net/raft9pg0/1/

HTML:

<label for="file-upload" class="custom-file-upload">Chose file</label> <input id="file-upload" type="file"/> File: <span id="file-upload-value">-</span> 

JS:

$(function() { $("input:file[id=file-upload]").change(function() { $("#file-upload-value").html( $(this).val() ); }); }); 

CSS:

input[type="file"] { display: none; } .custom-file-upload { background: #ddd; border: 1px solid #aaa; border-top: 1px solid #ccc; border-left: 1px solid #ccc; -moz-border-radius: 3px; -webkit-border-radius: 3px; border-radius: 3px; color: #444; display: inline-block; font-size: 11px; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; text-shadow: 0 1px rgba(255, 255, 255, .75); cursor: pointer; margin-bottom: 20px; line-height: normal; padding: 8px 10px; } 

I found this approach the simplest and lightest.

Here is the working example: http://codepen.io/c3zar22/pen/QNoYXN

Below are the explanations:

  • this would be the markup:

    <label for="attach-project-file"> <span id="remove-project-file" class="close">x</span> <div class="filename" id="attached-project-file">Click to select a file</div> </label> <input id="attach-project-file" type="file"> 
  • hide the input in a hacky way like this:

    #attach-project-file { width: 0.1px; height: 0.1px; opacity: 0; overflow: hidden; position: absolute; z-index: -1; } 
  • style the corresponding label instead

    [for="attach-project-file"] { /* your styles here */ } 
  • style "remove file" button

    .close { font-size: 16px; padding: 10px; position: absolute; top: 0; right: 0; cursor: pointer; font-style: normal; } 
  • .filename element will be used to display the selected file

  • below is the commented JS code needed (using jQuery) to make it work:

    var $attach = $('#attach-project-file'), $remove = $('#remove-project-file'), $name = $('#attached-project-file'); // initially hide the remove button $remove.hide(); // do this when file input has changed // i.e.: a file has been selected $attach.on('change', function() { var val = $(this).val(); if (val !== '') { // if value different than empty // show the file name as text // hide/text/fadeIn creates a nice effect when changing the text $name .hide() .text(val) .fadeIn(); // show the remove button $remove.fadeIn(); } else { // if value empty, means the file has been removed // show the default text $name .hide() .text('Click to select a file') .fadeIn(); // hide remove button $remove.fadeOut(); } }); // remove selected file when clicking the remove button // prevent click bubbling to the parent label and triggering file selection $remove.on('click', function(e) { e.preventDefault(); e.stopPropagation(); $attach .val('') .change(); // trigger change event }); 

As JGuo and CorySimmons mentioned, you can use the clickable behaviour of a stylable label, hiding the less flexible file input element.

<!DOCTYPE html> <html> <head> <title>Custom file input</title> <link rel="stylesheet" href="http://netdna.bootstrapcdn.com/bootstrap/3.1.1/css/bootstrap.min.css"> </head> <body> <label for="upload-file" class="btn btn-info"> Choose file... </label> <input id="upload-file" type="file" style="display: none" onchange="this.nextElementSibling.textContent = this.previousElementSibling.title = this.files[0].name"> <div></div> </body> </html> 

A quick and crude way is to set the label as a button and set position to absolute so it floats over original button, you still see file name. I am thinking about a mobile solution however.

VISIBILITY:hidden TRICK

I usually go for the visibility:hidden trick

this is my styled button

<div id="uploadbutton" class="btn btn-success btn-block">Upload</div> 

this is the input type=file button. Note the visibility:hidden rule

<input type="file" id="upload" style="visibility:hidden;"> 

this is the JavaScript bit to glue them together. It works

<script> $('#uploadbutton').click(function(){ $('input[type=file]').click(); }); </script> 

A nice easy way to style file input
http://www.appelsiini.net/projects/filestyle

The best way is using the pseudo element :after or :before as an element overt the de input. Then style that pseudo element as you wish. I recomend you to do as a general style for all input files as follows:

input[type="file"]:before { content: 'Browse'; background: #FFF; width: 100%; height: 35px; display: block; text-align: left; position: relative; margin: 0; margin: 0 5px; left: -6px; border: 1px solid #E0E0E0; top: -1px; line-height: 35px; color: #B6B6B6; padding-left: 5px; display: block; } 

Hide it with css and use a custom button with $(selector).click() to activate the the browse button. then set an interval to check the value of the file input type. the interval can display the value for the user so the user can see whats getting uploaded. the interval will clear when the form is submitted [EDIT] Sorry i have been very busy was meaning to update this post, here is an example

<form action="uploadScript.php" method="post" enctype="multipart/form-data"> <div> <!-- filename to display to the user --> <p id="file-name" class="margin-10 bold-10"></p> <!-- Hide this from the users view with css display:none; --> <input class="display-none" id="file-type" type="file" size="4" name="file"/> <!-- Style this button with type image or css whatever you wish --> <input id="browse-click" type="button" class="button" value="Browse for files"/> <!-- submit button --> <input type="submit" class="button" value="Change"/> </div> 

$(window).load(function () { var intervalFunc = function () { $('#file-name').html($('#file-type').val()); }; $('#browse-click').on('click', function () { // use .live() for older versions of jQuery $('#file-type').click(); setInterval(intervalFunc, 1); return false; }); }); 

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