This is an experimental technology
Because this technology's specification has not stabilized, check the compatibility table for usage in various browsers. Also note that the syntax and behavior of an experimental technology is subject to change in future versions of browsers as the specification changes.

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 read-only webkitEntries property of the HTMLInputElement interface contains an array of file system entries (as objects based on FileSystemEntry) representing files and/or directories selected by the user using an <input> element of type file.

The array can only contain directories if the webkitdirectory property is true. This means the <input> element was configured to let the user choose directories.

This property is called webkitEntries in the specification due to its origins as a Google Chrome-specific API. It's likely to be renamed someday.


var entries = HTMLInputElement.webkitEntries;


An array of objects based on FileSystemEntry, each representing one file which is selected in the <input> element. More specifically, files are represented by FileSystemFileEntry objects, and, if they're allowed, directories are represented by FileSystemDirectoryEntry objects.


This example shows how to create a file selection <input> element and process the selected files.


<input id="files" type="file" multiple>


document.getElementById("files").addEventListener("change", function(event) { {
    /* do stuff with the entry */

Each time a change event occurs, this code iterates over the selected files, obtaining their FileSystemEntry-based objects and acting on them.


Specification Status Comment
File and Directory Entries API
The definition of 'webkitEntries' in that specification.
Editor's Draft Initial specification.

This API has no official W3C or WHATWG specification.

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari (WebKit)
Basic support 13 webkit 50 (50) No support No support No support
Feature Android Chrome for Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Phone Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support No support 0.16 webkit 50.0 (50) No support No support No support

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