File Uploads and C:\fakepath\

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I was recently working on a project that required providing an AJAX uploading widget to users. I decided to use Dojo's dojox.form.FileInput widget so the "Upload" button would look just like every other button within the web application. Everything worked great until I tested the widget in Chrome and found that the value of the input node was being set to C:\fakepath\{Original File Name}. I then checked Internet Explorer and Safari; both of them were prepending "C:\fakepath" to the file name. WTF?!

After doing some research, I found this blog post, which explained:

According to the specifications of HTML5, a file upload control should not reveal the real local path to the file you have selected, if you manipulate its value string with JavaScript. Instead, the string that is returned by the script, which handles the file information is C:\fakepath.

This requirement is already implemented in Internet Explorer 8 - the real path to the file will be shown only if the page that contains the control is added to the trusted sites collection of the browser.

That made sense; essentially the browser is feeding that lame C:\fakepath\ text in. Luckily all I needed to do was fix the issue by doing a simple string replace call:

// Change the node's value by removing the fake path
inputNode.value = fileInput.value.replace("C:\\fakepath\\", "");

Whew -- dodged a bullet there. Just wanted to post this for everyone in case you run into it in the future.

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  1. fishbone

    I was always wondering whether the file-upload field is a security problem in general. couldn’t a you theoretically get any file from the client’s computer by manipulating the form-field’s value? But I’ve been too lazy to verify this…

  2. Martin

    Came across this exact same thing about a day before this post! Confused me at first too :)

  3. Martijn

    this returns the real filename without the 'C:\fakepath\'.

    this also works for:


    this returns the filesize in bytes ;)

    • Goulart

      Could you help me? With your code the C\fakepath don’t show anymore. But the file update is name on BD but won’t upload.

      <input id="fakeupload" name="fakeupload[]" class="inputfile fakeupload" type="text" />
      <input id="path" name="path[]" class="inputfile realupload" type="file" value="" onchange="javascript:document.getElementById('fakeupload').value = document.getElementById('path')value;" />
  4. Arnold

    Hi there, could you help me with how to implement this on a form what has the input file?

    // Change the node's value by removing the fake path
    inputNode.value = fileInput.value.replace("C:\\fakepath\\", "");

    I get confuse. Thanks.

  5. Goulart

    How do I use the .files[0].fileSize in the code below?

    <input id="fakeupload" name="fakeupload[]" class="inputfile fakeupload" type="text" />
    <input id="path" name="path[]" class="inputfile realupload" type="file" value="" onchange="javascript:document.getElementById('fakeupload').value = document.getElementById('path').value;" />
  6. genius

    does not work but



    There is no need to use this

    inputNode.value = fileInput.value.replace(“C:\\fakepath\\”, “”);

    to replace the fakepath with empty string
    as it may not work on all machines! as the path may be machine specific.

    Instead use this document.getElementById("fileInput").files[0].name; to get the file name with out any extra string attached in the beginning. it will return only the file name.
    In my case i used $("#uploadFile")[0].files[0].name and it worked on html5 enabled safari browser as well!

    • ranggadablues

      thank dude! document.getElementById("fileInput").files[0].name; works great!!!

  7. Scott

    I’ve tried using javascript:

    inputNode.value = newValue;

    jQuery (change event on file input element):

    $(this).attr("value", newValue);

    In the latest firefox and chrome, both throw a security error and refuse to display the new value (ie, replace the fakepath crap).

    Is there a way to change the display to get rid of fakepath that actually works?

  8. Thanks David. I also confused with it.

  9. Hello,

    I use the object FileReader on the input onchange event the your input file type !

    var input = document.getElementById("inputFile");
    var fReader = new FileReader();
    fReader.onloadend = function(event){
    var img = document.getElementById("yourImgTag");
    img.src =;
    • Dante

      Nice!That is the correct solution!

  10. Don’t really care about what it shows, main thing is functionality

  11. Hi,

    I was trying to follow up an exercise in the book “Developing Backbone.js Applications”.
    Your post helped me out with image path turned into C:\\fakepath\\.

    This is what I did.

    } else if ( === 'coverImage' ){
    					formData[ ] = $( el ).val().replace("C:\\fakepath\\", "../img/");
    					console.log( formData[ ] );
    				} else {
    					formData[ ] = $( el ).val();
  12. Noriel

    Good thing I found this blog! I was freaking worried about that.. lol

  13. Christopher Jimenez

    in Version 31.0.1650.57 this
    changes to

  14. Thanks you very much, that solved my problem…. :)
    the results of my javascript on page :

    document.getElementById("archivo").onchange = function () {
    document.getElementById("uploadFile").value = this.value;

    i dont know if theres something repeated but it worked.

  15. Josh

    if there are multiupload, it’s works well

    	var files = $(this).val();
    	var tmpArray = files.split("\\");
    	files = tmpArray[tmpArray.length-1];   //get the last item in tmpArray 
    • Vinod
      document.getElementById("uploadFile").value = this.value;
  16. Hi
    May be I make something wrong but this way remove all text from input.
    So I’ve solved “fakepath problem” by

    document.getElementById("uploadFile").value = this.value.substring(12);

    • JackWebb

      The best answer is the simplest one.. Thank You Savin!

      document.getElementById("uploadFile").value = this.value.substring(12);
  17. Morton

    Hi Jérémy D’Hasseler

    you answer has solved my problem,Thanks!

  18. John

    Please, how do I fix this, where do I enter this code to fix the fakepath issue.


  19. Lotfi

    document.getElementById("fileInput").files[0].name; works

  20. Atul

    Hi Savin !!! your code is working but its not working in mozilla firefox any other solution for firefox ?

  21. Atul

    Hey !!! Any on can tell me how can this code working, I am using it so many times… Please Help :::

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