Plugin to add popup file section with Ajaxplorer
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Copyright (C) 2011 Scott Harwell

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 51 Franklin Street, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA 02110-1301, USA.


This is an attempt to create a plugin for AjaxPlorer that will allow you to create a form button to find a file on your server. The purpose of this plugin is to create something similar to CKFinder's "popup" functionality with AjaxPlorer.

How to Use

Instructions assume use of jQuery on the host site.

  • Place the contents of this repository into a folder called hook.popupchooser in your AjaXplorer plugin directory.
    • If your main project is using Git, then you can submodule this repo into the main repo for easy updates.
  • In your javascript (either inline or the file you are using to define your functions) create a callback function.
    • The function should be named ajaxplorerPopupCallback
    • The body of the function should do what you want with the returned data (such as set an input value).
function ajaxplorerPopupCallback(data){
	if(typeof(data) === "string"){
	else if(typeof(data) === "object"){
		//do something with the array of data
  • Create a function to popup the window:
    • (Required) The external_selector_type options must be set to popup.
    • (Required) The relative_path parameter must be set and it must point to the Ajaxplorer folder that stores your files.
    • (Optional) The filetypes string can be set if you want to limit the file extensions that can be returned. For instance, if you want to limit the files that can be returned to common image types, then use the format &filetypes=jpeg+jpg+gif+png. Omitting the filetypes in the URL will allow any file type to be returned to your callback function.
    • (Optional) The allow_multi string value can be set if you want to allow a selection of multiple files to be returned. In your callback function, be sure to test the type of object returned so you can handle the data properly. This parameter will respect the filetypes from the filetypes parameter and will only return matches if set. This is false by default.
function chooseFile(){
	var fbWindow =


##02/23/2012 - Ver .4###

  • Added support for returning multiple file paths at once.

##12/19/2011 - Ver .3###

  • Confirmed working with AjaxPlorer 4.0
  • Added functionality to prevent logout button from showing so that users do not accidentally logout when the popup window is open. This is most helpful when authentication is integrated between a CMS and AjaXplorer.

##12/4/2011 - Ver .2###

  • Added the ability to limit filetypes that can be returned through the filetypes array passed through the URL.

Open to feature suggestions through GitHub Wiki.

##12/2/2011 - Ver .1###

Plugin created with simple abilities to select a file from a popup window and have the file path sent back to a callback function.