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How to Upload Multiple Files Using PHP ?

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In this tutorial, we are going to see how to upload multiple files using PHP. I am using “Fine Uploader” a JavaScript, open source and free library. Also, fine-uploader has no dependencies. It is simple and easy to understand. It shows a progress bar during upload and preview for the uploaded files in a gallery form. Using this library, we can set many options to handle validation, to enable file delete, pause, resume features, to allow chunking and more.

In this example, I used very little and basic options to specify the end point PHP file handling file upload and the file drop area id which is used to show preview. Check out the tutorial AJAX based image upload for upload without dependencies. If you are looking for a plain PHP solution without any JavaScript or other dependencies, check the article uploading files using PHP. Create HTML and JavaScript to Use FineUploader Download the latest version of FineUploader and integrate by specifying the path of the include files in the HTML.

I included gallery template provided by this file upload library. This template is used to add a preview card for each uploaded file. These cards are added in the file drop area as specified in the JavaScript. In this script, I specified the endpoint PHP file name to handle the file upload process. The gallery template and the file upload handling class are used from the FineUploader example.

  <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1">
  <link href="vendor/fine-uploader/fine-uploader-gallery-min.css" rel="stylesheet">
  <script src="vendor/fine-uploader/fine-uploader-min.js"></script>		
  <?php require_once("vendor/fine-uploader/templates/gallery.html"); ?>
  <title>Multiple File Upload using FineUploader</title>
  body {width:600px;font-family:calibri;}
    <div id="file-drop-area"></div>
        var multiFileUploader = new qq.FineUploader({
            element: document.getElementById("file-drop-area"),
            request: {
                endpoint: 'view/fine-uploader/endpoint.php'

PHP End-Point File Upload Handler

The endpoint.php file receives the request and calls file upload handler class based on the request. It creates the object for the UploadHandler() and properties with the default value. It checks the type request sent by using the FineUploader JavaScript parameters. Based on the request, it calls UploadHandler() functions handling file upload.

// Include the upload handler class
require_once "handler.php";
$uploader = new UploadHandler();

// Specify the list of valid extensions, ex. array("jpeg", "xml", "bmp")
$uploader->allowedExtensions = array(); // all files types allowed by default

// Specify max file size in bytes.
$uploader->sizeLimit = null;

// Specify the input name set in the javascript.
$uploader->inputName = "qqfile"; // matches Fine Uploader's default inputName value by default

// If you want to use the chunking/resume feature, specify the folder to temporarily save parts.
$uploader->chunksFolder = "../../data/chunks";

$method = get_request_method();

function get_request_method() {
    global $HTTP_RAW_POST_DATA;

    if(isset($HTTP_RAW_POST_DATA)) {
    	parse_str($HTTP_RAW_POST_DATA, $_POST);

    if (isset($_POST["_method"]) && $_POST["_method"] != null) {
        return $_POST["_method"];

    return $_SERVER["REQUEST_METHOD"];

if ($method == "POST") {
    header("Content-Type: text/plain");

    // Assumes you have a chunking.success.endpoint set to point here with a query parameter of "done".
    // For example: /myserver/handlers/endpoint.php?done
    if (isset($_GET["done"])) {
        $result = $uploader->combineChunks("../../data");
    // Handles upload requests
    else {
        // Call handleUpload() with the name of the folder, relative to PHP's getcwd()
        $result = $uploader->handleUpload("../../data");

        // To return a name used for uploaded file you can use the following line.
        $result["uploadName"] = $uploader->getUploadName();

    echo json_encode($result);
// for delete file requests
else if ($method == "DELETE") {
    $result = $uploader->handleDelete("../../data");
    echo json_encode($result);
else {
    header("HTTP/1.0 405 Method Not Allowed");

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