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Submit files asynchronously

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How to submit files asynchronously

Sometimes you will want to retrieve extra parameters asynchronously via AJAX request before submitting files to the upload server.

Overriding the add callback

One way to do this is by overriding the default add callback of the basic file upload plugin and calling the submit() method on the data parameter after retrieving your parameters and setting them as formData object:

$('#fileupload').fileupload({
    add: function (e, data) {
        $.getJSON('/example/url', function (result) {
            data.formData = result; // e.g. {id: 123}
            data.submit();
        });
    } 
});

The UI version of the File Upload plugin uses this approach to render the upload template and invokes data.submit() after clicking the start button.
If you want to override the add callback, but still want to keep the features of the UI version of the add callback, you can call it the following way, using the prototype property of the UI widget:

$('#fileupload').fileupload({
    add: function (e, data) {
        var that = this;
        $.getJSON('/example/url', function (result) {
            data.formData = result; // e.g. {id: 123}
            $.blueimp.fileupload.prototype
                .options.add.call(that, e, data);
        });
    } 
});

However, this also means that the upload template is not rendered until your AJAX call returns.

Using the submit callback option

Another approach is to make use of the submit callback option. This approach allows you to render the upload template and only retrieve your additional parameters when the file upload is actually submitted:

$('#fileupload').fileupload({
    submit: function (e, data) {
        var $this = $(this);
        $.getJSON('/example/url', function (result) {
            data.formData = result; // e.g. {id: 123}
            data.jqXHR = $this.fileupload('send', data);
        });
        return false;
    } 
});

Returning false in the submit callback prevents the upload from being started (see Options documentation). The upload is started manually after retrieving the additional parameters by making use of the File Upload send API method.

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