This is an experimental technology
Check the Browser compatibility table carefully before using this in production.

This feature is non-standard and is not on a standards track. Do not use it on production sites facing the Web: it will not work for every user. There may also be large incompatibilities between implementations and the behavior may change in the future.

The FileSystemFileEntry interface's method file() returns a File object which can be used to read data from the file represented by the directory entry.


FileSystemFileEntry.file(successCallback[, errorCallback]);


A callback function which is called when the File has been created successfully; the File is passed into the callback as the only parameter.
errorCallback Optional
If provided, this must be a method which is called when an error occurs while trying to create the File. This callback receives as input a FileError object describing the error.

Editor's note: We need to find out what kinds of errors can occur and document them.

Return value



This example establishes a method, readFile(), reads a text file and calls a specified callback function with the received text (in a String object) once the read is completed. If an error occurs, a specified (optional) error callback is called.

function readFile(entry, successCallback, errorCallback) {
  entry.file(function(file) {
    let reader = new FileReader();

    reader.onload = function() {

    reader.onerror = function() {

  }, errorCallback);

This function calls file(), specifying as its success callback a method which proceeds to use a FileReader to read the file as text. The FileReader's load event handler is set up to deliver the loaded string to the successCallback specified when the readFile() method was called; similarly, its error handler is set up to call the errorCallback specified.


Specification Status Comment
File and Directory Entries API
The definition of 'file()' in that specification.
Draft Initial specification.

This API has no official W3C or WHATWG specification.

Browser compatibility

FeatureChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafari
Basic support13 No50 No No No
FeatureAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge mobileFirefox for AndroidOpera AndroidiOS SafariSamsung Internet
Basic support Yes Yes No50 No No ?

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Contributors to this page: fscholz, cdl, kocoten1992, Sheppy
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