The readAsText method is used to read the contents of the specified Blob or File. When the read operation is complete, the readyState is changed to DONE, the loadend event is triggered, and the result attribute contains the contents of the file as a text string.

Syntax

instanceOfFileReader.readAsText(blob[, encoding]);

Parameters

blob
The Blob or File from which to read.
encoding Optional
A string specifying the encoding to use for the returned data. By default, UTF-8 is assumed if this parameter is not specified.

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
File API
The definition of 'FileReader' in that specification.
Working Draft Initial definition

Browser compatibility

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ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge MobileFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidiOS SafariSamsung Internet
Basic supportChrome Full support 7Edge Full support YesFirefox Full support 3.6IE Full support 10Opera Full support 11Safari Full support 6WebView Android ? Chrome Android Full support YesEdge Mobile Full support YesFirefox Android Full support 32Opera Android Full support 11Safari iOS Full support 6.1Samsung Internet Android ?

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