Tutorials HTML5 Reading and Creating Text Files Using jQuery and HTML5 File API

Reading and Creating Text Files Using jQuery and HTML5 File API

The following code snippet demonstrate how to read and create a text files using the jQuery and HTML5 file API. For the sake of simplicity, in this example I am using Bootstrap CSS framework for building the page.

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
    <meta charset="utf-8">
    <meta name="description" content="Your HTML, CSS, and JavaScript playground.">
    <title>HTML, CSS, JS Playground</title>
	<meta content="width=device-width, initialscale=1" name="viewport">	
	<link href="https://maxcdn.bootstrapcdn.com/bootstrap/3.3.5/css/bootstrap.min.css" rel="stylesheet">
	<link href="https://maxcdn.bootstrapcdn.com/bootstrap/3.3.5/css/bootstrap-theme.min.css" rel="stylesheet">
	<script src="https://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/2.1.3/jquery.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
	<script src="https://maxcdn.bootstrapcdn.com/bootstrap/3.3.5/js/bootstrap.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
	$(document ).ready(function() {
		//Put your java script here
	<div class="container">		
		<h1>Reading and Creating Text Files Using the HTML5 File API and jQuery</h1>
		<div class="form-group">			
			<button type="button" class="btn btn-default" id="btnOpen">Open...</button>
			<button type="button" class="btn btn-default" id="btnSave">Save</button>
		<input type="file" id="exampleInputFile" accept=".txt,.csv,.xml" class="hidden">
		<div class="form-group">
		  <textarea class="form-control" rows="15" id="exampleTextarea"></textarea>		  

Reading text file

$('#btnOpen').click(function() {
  if ('FileReader' in window) {
  } else {
    alert('Your browser does not support the HTML5 FileReader.');

$('#exampleInputFile').change(function(event) {
  var fileToLoad = event.target.files[0];

  if (fileToLoad) {
    var reader = new FileReader();
    reader.onload = function(fileLoadedEvent) {
      var textFromFileLoaded = fileLoadedEvent.target.result;
	  console.log("loaded " + textFromFileLoaded);
    reader.readAsText(fileToLoad, 'UTF-8');

Creating text file

$('#btnSave').click(function() {
  if ('Blob' in window) {
    var fileName = prompt('Please enter file name to save', 'Untitled.txt');
    if (fileName) {
      var textToWrite = $('#exampleTextarea').val().replace(/n/g, 'rn');
      var textFileAsBlob = new Blob([textToWrite], { type: 'text/plain' });

      if ('msSaveOrOpenBlob' in navigator) {
        navigator.msSaveOrOpenBlob(textFileAsBlob, fileName);
      } else {
        var downloadLink = document.createElement('a');
        downloadLink.download = fileName;
        downloadLink.innerHTML = 'Download File';
        if ('webkitURL' in window) {
          // Chrome allows the link to be clicked without actually adding it to the DOM.
          downloadLink.href = window.webkitURL.createObjectURL(textFileAsBlob);
        } else {
          // Firefox requires the link to be added to the DOM before it can be clicked.
          downloadLink.href = window.URL.createObjectURL(textFileAsBlob);
          downloadLink.style.display = 'none';
  } else {
    alert('Your browser does not support the HTML5 Blob.');
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