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jQuery File Browser version 0.8.4

jQuery File Browser is a plugin for creating OS like file browsers.



to install you can grab the files from the repo or install from


bower install jquery.filebrowser --save


npm install jquery.filebrowser --save

include the files:

<script src="js/jquery.filebrowser.min.js"></script>
<link href="css/jquery.filebrowser.min.css" rel="stylesheet"/>

and you can use this code to initialize the plugin:

$(function() {
    var browse = $('#browser').browse({
        root: '/',
        separator: '/',
        contextmenu: true,
        dir: function(path) {
            return new Promise(function(resolve, reject) {
                 if (path == '/') {
                     resolve({dirs: ['foo', 'bar'], files: []});
                 } else if (path == '/foo/') {
                     resolve({dirs: [], files: ['baz', 'quux']});
                 } else if (path == '/bar/') {
                     resolve({dirs: [], files: ['lorem', 'ipsum']});
                 } else {
                     reject(); // for cases when you type wrong path in address bar
        open: function(filename) {
            console.log('opening ' + filename);

All user functions that modify the Directory like create, remove, copy, rename can return a promise, and the plugin will refresh the view (call dir function) when it's resolved.

more examples and usage in examples directory.


If you want context menu (enabled using contextmenu option) you'll need jQuery UI and of course you need jQuery itself.


  • name - used to distinguish different filesystem for copying nad moving files (rename)
  • dir - function that should return a promise that resolve to object {files: <ARRAY>, dirs: <ARRAY>} or return that object
  • exists - function that will return true/false or a promise that resolve to true/false that indicate if file or directory exists (used when create new file/directory)
  • separator - path separator (a string) usualy / or \ (to use \ you need to put '\\') default /
  • root - root of the filesystem, it can be any path like /home/<user>, default /
  • change - callback function that's called on refresh of the directory
  • init - callack executed on initalization of the plugin
  • item_class - function that should return addiional classes for the element (directory or file) you can use this to have different icons for C or D drive that's in root directory, see windows example
  • dbclick_delay - if the time of the second click is lower then this but hight then rename_delay it's consider as action for rename a file or directory
  • open - callback function executed with path of the file when you double click on the file
  • rename - callback function called with old path nad new path when you rename a file or directory
  • remove - callback function called with path when you delete file or directory
  • create - callback called with path of the new file or directory and string 'directory' or 'file' as second argument
  • copy - callback executed when you copy a file using CTRL+C and CTRL+V
  • upload - callback called with file object and the path when you drag and drop a file or directory to browser container, you can also drag into visible directory
  • error - called when error accured like when you try to enter invalid path in address bar
  • refresh_timer - timeout after fetch of the content of the file in miliseconds, used to see visible refresh when you change direcotry (you can set it to 0), default 100
  • menu - should return object which keys are names of the context menu and values are other object (they will create submenus) or a function that will be executed when menu item is click it acceppt single argument string 'li' or 'content' depend if you click on file/directory or on empty browser space. example:
    menu: function(type) {
        if (type == 'li') {
            return {
                'alert': function($li) {
                    alert('alert for item ' + $li.text());
        }  else {
            return {
                'Create File': function() {
                    var name = prompt('name: ');
                    var path;
                    if (name) {
                        path = this.join(this.path(), name);
                    this.create('file', path);

API methods

  • path - return current path
  • name - return settings name
  • back - go back one directory
  • destroy - remove all events and DOM nodes
  • create - function(type, [path]) - create new directory of file (depend of first argument which is string 'file' or 'directory') if there is second argument it will create new file/directory of it's undefined it will create placeholder for file/directory with textarea to enter name
  • copy - selected files/directories for later paste
  • cut - like copy but when call paste it will remove old items
  • paste - if cut was executed it will call settings.rename and if copy was called it will call settings.copy and then refresh all views with the same directory
  • up - go up one directory
  • show - call settings.dir and rerender the directory view
  • join - return new path based on settings.separator and settings.root, accept any number of arguments
  • split - split the path using settings.separator and settings.root
  • walk - function(filename, fn) - call function for each file/directory the signature for callaback function: function(path_part, last, return_value) the function return value from last call to callback function, 3rd argument is a value from previous call to callback function.


Licensed under MIT license

Copyright (c) 2016-2021 Jakub T. Jankiewicz