Flow.js html5 file upload extension on angular.js framework

What is ng-flow?

Flow.js extensions for angular.js framework, no 3rd party JS dependencies required!

ng-flow extension is based on Flow.js library.


How can I install it?

  1. Get the library:

Direct Download Download a latest build from it contains development and minified production files in dist/ directory, they are also concatenated with core flow.js library.

Using Bower

    bower install ng-flow#~2

Git Clone

    git clone

Using Yeoman

    bower install "ng-flow#~2" --save
    grunt bower-install
  1. Add the module to your app as a dependency:

     angular.module('app', ['flow'])

How can I use it?

First of all wrap places there you are going to use Flow.js

<div flow-init>
    ... other flow directives goes here ...

This directive is going to add $flow variable to current scope. Also directive can be nested, because $flow variable is going to be overridden. $flow is instance of Flow.

Secondly you need to assign some upload buttons:

<input type="file" flow-btn />
<input type="file" flow-btn flow-directory />

First button is for normal uploads and second is for directory uploads.

Now you need to display uploaded files, all you need to do is to loop files array. Files array is attached to flow object named $flow.

<tr ng-repeat="file in $flow.files">

file is instance of FlowFile.

How can I drop files?

Use flow-drop directive:

<div class="alert" flow-drop>
    Drag And Drop your file here

Use flow-prevent-drop directive on body element:

<body flow-prevent-drop>

Use flow-drag-enter directive:

<div flow-drag-enter="style={border:'4px solid green'}" flow-drag-leave="style={}"

Note: flow-drag-leave attribute can't be used alone, it is a part of flow-drag-enter directive.

<div class="alert" flow-drop flow-drop-enabled="config.enabled">
    Drag And Drop your file here

See example at samples/dataurl/.

How can I preview uploaded image?

Use flow-img directive:

<img flow-img="$flow.files[0]" />

Image will be automatically updated once file is added. No need to start upload.

How can I set options for flow.js?

Use config:

var app = angular.module('app', ['flow'])
.config(['flowFactoryProvider', function (flowFactoryProvider) {
    flowFactoryProvider.defaults = {
        target: '/upload',
        permanentErrors:[404, 500, 501],
        minFileSize: 0
    // You can also set default events: 
    flowFactoryProvider.on('catchAll', function (event) {
    // Can be used with different implementations of Flow.js 
    // flowFactoryProvider.factory = fustyFlowFactory; 

also can be configured on "flow-init" directive:

<div flow-init="{target:'/uploader'}">

How can I catch events?

Events are listed inside flow-init directive:

<div flow-init
      flow-file-success=" ... properties '$file', '$message' can be accessed ... "
      flow-file-progress=" ... property '$file' can be accessed ... "
      flow-file-added=" ... properties '$file', '$event' can be accessed ... "
      flow-files-added=" ... properties '$files', '$event' can be accessed ... "
      flow-files-submitted=" ... properties '$files', '$event' can be accessed ... "
      flow-file-retry=" ... property '$file' can be accessed ... "
      flow-file-error=" ... properties '$file', '$message' can be accessed ... "
      flow-error=" ... properties '$file', '$message' can be accessed ... "
      flow-complete=" ... "
      flow-upload-start=" ... "
      flow-progress=" ... "
      <div flow-file-progress=" ... events can be also assigned inside flow-init ... "></div>

If controller is on the same scope as flow-init directive or in a child scope, then we can catch events with $on. Events are prefixed with flow::.

$scope.$on('flow::fileAdded', function (event$flowflowFile) {
  event.preventDefault();//prevent file from uploading 

second argument is always a flow instance and then follows event specific arguments.

How can I assign flow to a parent scope?

Use flow-name attribute and set it to any variable in the scope.

<div flow-init flow-name="obj.flow">
    ... Flow is set to obj.flow  ...
    I have uploaded files: #{{obj.flow.files.length}}

How can I support older browsers?

Go to and add to your config:

var app = angular.module('app', ['flow'])
.config(['flowFactoryProvider', function (flowFactoryProvider) {
    flowFactoryProvider.factory = fustyFlowFactory;

Need example?

Clone this repository and go to "ng-flow/samples/basic/index.html". Single image upload "ng-flow/samples/image/index.html".


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  • All features or bug fixes must be tested by one or more specs.

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    • Wrap all code at 100 characters.

    • Instead of complex inheritance hierarchies, we prefer simple objects. We use prototypical inheritance only when absolutely necessary.