The FileReader.readyState property provides the current state of the reading operation a FileReader is in. A FileReader exists in one of the following states:

Value State Description
0 EMPTY Reader has been created. None of the read methods called yet.
1 LOADING A read method has been called.
2 DONE The operation is complete.
EMPTY
The FileReader has been created, but no readAs method was called yet.
LOADING
A readAs method was invoked. A File or Blob is being read, and no error has occurred yet.
DONE
The read operation is complete. This could mean that: the entire File or Blob has been read into memory, a file read error occurred, or abort() was called and the read was cancelled.

Example

var reader = new FileReader();
console.log('EMPTY', reader.readyState); // readyState will be 0

reader.readAsText(blob);
console.log('LOADING', reader.readyState); // readyState will be 1

reader.onloadend = function () {
    console.log('DONE', reader.readyState); // readyState will be 2
};

Value

A number which is one of the three possible state constants define for the FileReader API:

Specifications

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

Browser compatibility

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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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