Lolechi Lolechi - 5 months ago 29x
PHP Question

Receiving file(s) via AJAX in server-side PHP

I'm sending (possibly) multiple user-input files via ajax to server-side PHP. I send it using a

object, and when I call
in the PHP it says the file object key inside
is an "unidentified index." I know I butchered the explanation, so here's context:


<form id="subForm" action="" method="post" enctype="multipart/form-data">
<input type="file" name="file" multiple/>
<button type="submit">Post</button>


var files = $('input[type=file]').prop('files')[0]; //File list
var formData = new FormData();

//Cycle through files (if many)
for (var i = 0; i < files.length; i++) {
var file = files[i]; //File

//Type and size check
if (!file.type.match('image/*') && !file.type.match('video/*') && file.size > 8388608){

// Add the file to the request.
formData.append('files', file,;
type: 'POST',
url: 'submission.php', //Serverside handling script
enctype: 'multipart/form-data',
dataType: 'text', //Get back from PHP
processData: false, //Don't process the files
contentType: false,
cache: false,
data: formData,
success: function(php_script_response){


foreach($_FILES['files']['tmp_name'] as $key => $tmp_name){
if(is_uploaded_file($_FILES['files']['tmp_name'][$key]) && $_FILES['files']['tmp_name'][$key]['error']==0) {
$path = 'uploads/' . $_FILES['files']['name'][$key];
$upload = true;

$upload = false;

if(move_uploaded_file($_FILES['files']['name'][$key], $path)){
//File not uploaded/ saved?

Line 1 in the PHP returns:

Undefined index: files in C:\xampp\htdocs\submission.php

My speculation is that something is either wrong with my local apache server, or the JQuery?

Thanks in advance


The append is never reached because you are grabbing only a single value from the input with .prop('files')[0]. So, files.length is undefined in your loop. You should be grabbing the entire array of files:

var files = $('input[type=file]').prop('files'); //File list