input type=file show only button

Is there a way to style (or script) <input type=file /> element to have visible only "Browse" button without text field?


Edit: Just to clarify why to I need this. I'm using multi file upload code from and it doesn't need input text field because it never has value. Script just adds newly selected file to collection on page. It would look much better without text field, if it's possible.



I was having a heck of a time trying to accomplish this. I didn't want to use a Flash solution, and none of the jQuery libraries I looked at were reliable across all browsers.

I came up with my own solution, which is implemented completely in CSS (except for the onclick style change to make the button appear 'clicked').

You can try a working example here: (Tested in FF 7, IE 9, Safari 5, Opera 11 and Chrome 14)

It works by creating a big file input (with font-size:50px), then wrapping it in a div that has a fixed size and overflow:hidden. The input is then only visible through this "window" div. The div can be given a background image or color, text can be added, and the input can be made transparent to reveal the div background:


<div class="inputWrapper">
    <input class="fileInput" type="file" name="file1"/>


.inputWrapper {
    height: 32px;
    width: 64px;
    overflow: hidden;
    position: relative;
    cursor: pointer;
    /*Using a background color, but you can use a background image to represent a button*/
    background-color: #DDF;
.fileInput {
    cursor: pointer;
    height: 100%;
    top: 0;
    right: 0;
    z-index: 99;
    /*This makes the button huge. If you want a bigger button, increase the font size*/
    /*Opacity settings for all browsers*/
    opacity: 0;
    -moz-opacity: 0;

Let me know if there are any problems with it and I'll try to fix them.


I wasted my day today getting this to work. I found none of the solutions here working each of my scenarios.

Then I remembered I saw an example for the JQuery File Upload without text box. So what I did is that I took their example and stripped it down to the relevant part.

This solution at least works for IE and FF and can be fully styled. In the below example the file input is hidden under the fancy "Add Files" button.


    <title>jQuery File Upload Example</title>
    <style type="text/css">
        .myfileupload-buttonbar input
            position: absolute;
            top: 0;
            right: 0;
            margin: 0;
            border: solid transparent;
            border-width: 0 0 100px 200px;
            opacity: 0.0;
            filter: alpha(opacity=0);
            -o-transform: translate(250px, -50px) scale(1);
            -moz-transform: translate(-300px, 0) scale(4);
            direction: ltr;
            cursor: pointer;
            position: relative;
            cursor: pointer;
            text-align: center;
            overflow: visible;
            background-color: red;
            overflow: hidden;
    <div id="fileupload" >
        <div class="myfileupload-buttonbar ">
            <label class="myui-button">
                <span >Add Files</span>
                <input id="file" type="file" name="files[]" />

Hide the input-file element and create a visible button that will trigger the click event of that input-file.

Try this:


#file { width:0; height:0; } 


<input type='file' id='file' name='file' />
<button id='btn-upload'>Upload</button>



Hide the input file tag with css, add a label and assign it to input button. label will be clickable and when clicked, it will fire up the file dialog.

<input type="file" name="imageUpload" id="imageUpload" class="hide"/> 
<label for="imageUpload" class="button-style">Select file</label>

Add the style to the label as a button.
Live Demo


That's going to be very hard. The problem with the file input type is that it usually consists of two visual elements, while being treated as a single DOM-element. Add to that that several browsers have their own distinct look and feel for the file input, and you're set for nightmare. See this article on about the quirks the file input has. I guarantee you it won't make you happy (I speak from experience).


Actually, I think you might get away with putting your input in a container element (like a div), and adding a negative margin to the element. Effectively hiding the textbox part off screen. Another option would be to use the technique in the article I linked, to try to style it like a button.


Fix to work in all browsers RESOLVED:

      <input type = "button" value = "Choose image" 
       onclick ="javascript:document.getElementById('imagefile').click();">
      <input id = "imagefile" type="file" style='visibility: hidden;' name="img"/>

I have tested in FF, Chrome & IE - working fine, applied styles too :D


I tried to implement the top two solutions, and it ended up being a HUGE waste of time for me. In the end, applying this .css class solved the problem...

input[type='file'] {
  color: transparent;

Done! super clean and super simple...


Another easy way of doing this. Make a "input type file" tag in html and hide it. Then click a button and format it according to need. After this use javascript/jquery to programmatically click the input tag when the button is clicked.


<input id="file" type="file" style="display: none;">
<button id="button">Add file</button>

JavaScript :-

document.getElementById('button').addEventListener("click", function() {

jQuery :-


CSS :-

    background-color: blue;
    color: white;

Here is a working JS fiddle for the same :-


I used some of the code recommended above and after many hours of waisting my time, I eventually came to a css bag free solution.

You can run it over here -

but then found a better solution -

 <input type = "button" value = "Choose image #2" 
   onclick ="javascript:document.getElementById('imagefile').click();">
       <input id = "imagefile" type="file" style='display:none;' name="img" value="none"/>see jsfiddle code for examples<br/>

Here is my good ol' remedy:

<input type="file" id="myFile" style="display:none;" />
<button type="button" onclick="document.getElementById('myFile').click();">Browse</button>

At least it worked in Safari.

Plain and simple.


You could label an image so when you click on it the click event of the button will be triggered. You can simply make the normal button invisible:

    <label for="fileButton"><img src="YourSource"></label>    <!--You don't have to put an image here, it can be anything you like-->
    <input type="file" id="fileButton" style="display:none;"/>

It worked for me on all browsers, and is very easy to use.


You can dispatch the click event on a hidden file input like this:

<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;" >Click to upload!</div>
    	<!-- hide input[type=file]!-->
    	<div style='height: 0px;width:0px; overflow:hidden;'><input id="upfile" type="file" value="upload"/></div>
    	<input type="submit" value='submit' >

    <script type="text/javascript">
    	var btn = document.getElementById("yourBtn");
    	var upfile = document.getElementById("upfile"); 
    			var ev = document.createEvent('MouseEvents');


You can give the input element a font opacity of 0. This will hide the text field without hiding the 'Choose Files' button.

No javascript required, clear cross browser as far back as IE 9


input {color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0);}

Ive a really hacky solution with this...

<style type="text/css"> 
        width: 80px;        

<input id="File1" type="file" />

The problem is the width attribute that is hiding the text field will obvously vary between browsers, vary between Windows XP themes and so on. Maybe its something you can work with though?...


my solution is just to set it within a div like "druveen" said, however i ad my own button style to the div (make it look like a button with a:hover) and i just set the style "opacity:0;" to the input. Works a charm for me, hope it does the same for you.


I just styled an input file with width: 85px, and the text field disappeared at all


This HTML code show up only Upload File button

<form action="/action_page.php">
    <input type="button" id="id" value="Upload File"  onclick="document.getElementById('file').click();" />
    <input type="file" style="display:none;" id="file" name="file" onchange="this.form.submit()"/>  

For me, the simplest way is using a font color like background color. Simple, not elegant, but usefull.

<div style="color:#FFFFFF">   <!-- if background page is white, of course -->
<input class="fileInput" type="file" name="file1"/></div>

So here's the best way to do this FOR ALL BROWSERS:

Forget CSS!

<p>Append Image:</p> 
<input type="button" id="clickImage" value="Add Image" />
<input type="file" name="images[]" id="images" multiple />

<script type="text/javascript" src="" charset="utf-8"></script>

$('#clickImage').click( function() {    

All these answers are cute, but CSS won't work since it isn't the same across all browsers and devices, the first answer I wrote will work in everything but Safari. To get it to work accross all browsers all the time it must be created dynamically and recreated every time you want to clear the input text:

    var imageDiv = document.createElement("div");   
    imageDiv.setAttribute("id", "imagediv"); = 'position:relative; vertical-align: bottom;';  
    var imageText = document.createTextNode("Append Image:");
    var newLine = document.createElement("br"); 
    var image = document.createElement("input");    
    image.setAttribute("type", "file");
    image.setAttribute("id", "images");
    image.setAttribute("name", "images[]");     
    image.setAttribute("multiple", "multiple");

The answer of tmanthey is quite good, except that you can't play with border-width in Firefox v20. If you see the link (demo, can't really show here) they solved the problem using font-size=23px, transform:translate(-300px, 0px) scale(4) for Firefox to get the button bigger.

Other solutions using .click() on a different div is useless if you want to make it a drag'n'drop input box.


Resolved with the following code:

<div style="overflow: hidden;width:83px;"> <input style='float:right;' name="userfile" id="userfile" type="file"/> </div>


I wrote this:

<form action='' method='POST' name='form-upload-image' id='form-upload-image' enctype='multipart/form-data'>

    <div style="width: 0; height: 0; overflow: hidden;">
        <input type="file" name="input-file" id="input-file" onchange="this.files.length > 0 ? document.getElementById('form-upload-image').submit():null;" />

<img src="image.jpg" style="cursor: pointer;" onclick="document.getElementById('input-file').click();" />

Work fine in all browsers, no jQuery, no CSS.


Here is a simplified version of @ampersandre's popular solution that works in all major browsers. Asp.NET markup

<asp:TextBox runat="server" ID="FilePath" CssClass="form-control"
    style="float:left; display:inline; margin-right:5px; width:300px"
    ReadOnly="True" ClientIDMode="Static" />
<div class="inputWrapper">
    <div id="UploadFile" style="height:38px; font-size:16px; 
      text-align:center">Upload File</div>
      <input name="FileUpload" id="FileInput" runat="server" 
             type="File" />
  <asp:Button ID="UploadButton" runat="server" 
    style="display:none" OnClick="UploadButton_Click" />
<asp:HiddenField ID="hdnFileName" runat="server" ClientIDMode="Static" />

JQuery Code

$(document).ready(function () {

   $('#UploadFile').click(function () {
       alert('UploadFile clicked');

   $('[id$="FileInput"]').change(function (event) {
       var target =;
       var tmpFile = target.files[0].name;
       alert('FileInput changed:' + tmpFile);
       if (tmpFile.length > 0) {

css code

.inputWrapper {
height: 38px;
width: 102px;
overflow: hidden;
position: relative;
padding: 6px 6px;
cursor: pointer;
/*Using a background color, but you can use a background image to represent
 a button*/
background-color: #DEDEDE;
border: 1px solid gray;
border-radius: 4px;
-moz-user-select: none;
-ms-user-select: none;
-webkit-user-select: none;
user-select: none;

Uses a hidden "UploadButton" click trigger for server postback with standard . The with "Upload File" text pushes the input control out of view in the wrapper div when it overflows so there is no need to apply any styles for the "file input" control div. The $([id$="FileInput"]) selector allows section of ids with standard ASP.NET prefixes applied. The FilePath textbox value in set from server code behind from hdnFileName.Value once file is uploaded.

<input type="file" id="selectedFile" style="display: none;" />
<input type="button" value="Browse..." onclick="document.getElementById('selectedFile').click();" />

This will surely work i have used it in my projects.I hope this helps :)



<input type="file" name="upload" id="upload" style="display:none"></input>
    <button  id="browse">Upload</button>



Hope this works :)


I know this is an old post but a simple way to make the text dissapear is just to set text color to that of your background.

eg if your text input background is white then:


This will not effect the Choose File text which will still be black due to the browser.


This works for me:

input[type="file"]  {
    color: white!important;
<a href="#" id="select_logo">Select Logo</a> <input type="file" id="logo"> 


   return false;

There are several valid options here but thought I would give what I have come up with while trying to fix a similar issue.

<span class="btn fileinput-button">
    <span>Import Field(s)</span>
    <input id="fileupload" type="file" name="files[]" onchange="handleFiles(this.files)" multiple>
<div id="txt"></div>

function handleFiles(files){


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