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Does HTML5 allow drag-drop upload of folders or a folder tree?

I haven’t seen any examples that do this. Is this not allowed in the API spec?

I am searching for an easy drag-drop solution for uploading an entire folder tree of photos.

Answer

It’s now possible, thanks to Chrome >= 21.

function traverseFileTree(item, path) {
  path = path || "";
  if (item.isFile) {
    // Get file
    item.file(function(file) {
      console.log("File:", path + file.name);
    });
  } else if (item.isDirectory) {
    // Get folder contents
    var dirReader = item.createReader();
    dirReader.readEntries(function(entries) {
      for (var i=0; i<entries.length; i++) {
        traverseFileTree(entries[i], path + item.name + "/");
      }
    });
  }
}

dropArea.addEventListener("drop", function(event) {
  event.preventDefault();

  var items = event.dataTransfer.items;
  for (var i=0; i<items.length; i++) {
    // webkitGetAsEntry is where the magic happens
    var item = items[i].webkitGetAsEntry();
    if (item) {
      traverseFileTree(item);
    }
  }
}, false);

More info: https://protonet.info/blog/html5-experiment-drag-drop-of-folders/

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