Upload file using redux-form

May 8, 2018 00:00 · 265 words · 2 minute read

This example demonstrates how i can upload a file and update his value using redux-form.

If you’ve setting up redux-form with an input type="file", you should have encountered a browser error like the following error on Chrome:

Uncaught DOMException: Failed to set the 'value' property on 'HTMLInputElement': 
This input element accepts a filename, which may only be programmatically set to the empty string.

For a security reasons, input with type="file" don’t support setting the value property programmatically, ref https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/HTML/Element/input#File_inputs.

For handle this warning, it’s necessary to set the input value to null or remove it to prevent React from trying to set the value property on the DOM Input Element:

import React from 'react';
import { Field, reduxForm } from 'redux-form';
// ...
<Field name="picture" component="input" type="file" value={null} />
// ...

Now we can update the value of picture field using method PATCH, so let’s start with implement an action redux for this case:

FYI: Make you sure to using multipart/form-data as a content type, ref https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/API/FormData/Using_FormData_Objects


export const updateUserProfile = values => dispatch => {
  const data = new FormData();

  // Don't send the data until a file has been loaded
  if (typeof values.picture !== 'string' && values.picture !== null) {
    data.append('picture', values.picture[0]);

    types: [
    config: {
      // Make you sure to use your exact endpoint
      url: 'http://example.com/users/',
      method: 'PATCH',
    callback: (success, response) => {
      // ...

Then you can dispatch your action after implement your simple own reducer:


import {updatePicture} from './updatePicture';

export default (values, dispatch) => {