How to Upload Multiple Files in PHP

The method to upload multiple files in PHP is almost similar to uploading a single file.

If you do not know how to upload a file in PHP, go to this link
How to Upload File in PHP

The differences between uploading multiple files and single file are described in the following points –

  • input tag
    1. The name field is changed to accustom an array which will hold the file names that are uploaded.
    2. The keyword multiple is added to the tag.

    <input name="uploads[]" type="file" multiple />

    As you can see here, uploads is an array and we have used the keyword multiple inside the tag to denote multiple files being uploaded.

  • $_FILES['uploads']['name'][$i] is the way the ith file in the array is referred to. So to get the name the first file, we use $_FILES['uploads']['name'][0], for second file, we use $_FILES['uploads']['name'][1] and so on.

In the code below, there are two files – index.php where multiple files are uploaded and upload.php where the files are moved to destination folder and uploaded files shown to the user.

index.php – Upload Files

<form action="upload.php" method="post" enctype="multipart/form-data">

    <label>Upload image (jpg, jpeg and png extensions only)</label> 
    <input name="uploads[]" type="file" size="30" multiple required /><br><span>(Max size of 1 file : 100Kb)</span><br><br>

    <input name="submit" type="submit" id="submit" class="submit" value="Submit" />


upload.php – Getting Multiple Files and Moving to Target Directory



        //Getting the total number of files
        $count = count($_FILES['uploads']['name']); 
            echo "Upload files.";

            // Processing each file iteratively 

                $file_name = $_FILES['uploads']['name'][$i];
                $ext = strtolower(pathinfo($file_name, PATHINFO_EXTENSION));

                        //Uploading the file
                        $tmp = $_FILES['uploads']['tmp_name'][$i];  
                        $target_dir = "Your target directory/files/";
                        $target_file = $target_dir.basename($file_name);

                        if (move_uploaded_file($tmp, $target_file)){
                            echo '<a href="files/'.$file_name.'" target="_blank">Click here</a> to view the uploaded file.';
                        else {
                            echo "Sorry, there was an error uploading your file";




Index File

Index Page

Uploading The Files

Uploading Files

Uploaded Images

Uploaded Images

Please feel free to download the source code for reference.

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