Uploading Files

This section explains how upload files from the user’s computer using UI components. For information on how to upload files through REST API, see the Files API section.

File Upload Components

Jmix provides a set of UI components for uploading files. All of them contain a button which, when clicked, shows a file system dialog for choosing files. Below is a quick explanation of differences between the components. Full information about the components is provided in the respective sections.

  • FileUploadField allows you to select a single file and save it as a byte array to an entity attribute. You can also get the content of the file right from the component value without associating it with an entity.

  • FileStorageUploadField allows you to select a single file and save it to the file storage. The value of the component is a FileRef object. You can link the component with an entity attribute of FileRef type to automatically save the file reference to the database.

  • FileMultiUploadField allows you to select multiple files at once and upload them to the temporary storage on the server. Then you can process them and/or transfer to the permanent file storage.

FileUploadField and FileStorageUploadField can show the name of the uploaded file next to the button. The file name serves also as a download link.

FileUploadField and FileStorageUploadField can have "drop zone" and "paste zone" to upload files by drag-and-drop or by pasting from the keyboard.

Using TemporaryStorage

The FileStorageUploadField component has the fileStoragePutMode attribute with the default value IMMEDIATE. If you set it to MANUAL, the component uploads the file to the temporary storage in the file system of the application, and gives you full control over the uploaded file: you can transfer the file to the file storage as is, pre-process it, or do whatever you need with the file without saving it to the file storage at all.

The same is true for the FileMultiUploadField component: it just uploads files to the temporary storage and notifies your code that the upload is complete.

The TemporaryStorage interface provides an API to create temporary files, save them to the file storage, or remove them.

Below is an example of using FileStorageUploadField in manual mode to transfer the uploaded file from temporary storage to the file storage.

<fileStorageUpload id="fileField"
                   fileStoragePutMode="MANUAL"/> (1)
1 Set fileStoragePutMode="MANUAL" for the upload field component.
private FileStorageUploadField fileField;
private TemporaryStorage temporaryStorage;

public void onFileFieldFileUploadSucceed(SingleFileUploadField.FileUploadSucceedEvent event) {
    File file = temporaryStorage.getFile(fileField.getFileId()); (1)
    if (file != null) {
        FileRef fileRef = temporaryStorage.putFileIntoStorage(fileField.getFileId(), event.getFileName()); (2)
1 Get local file from the temporary storage using identifier provided by the upload field.
2 Transfer local file to the file storage.

The putFileIntoStorage() method also removes the temporary local file.

If you only need to process the file locally without saving it to file storage, use the deleteFile() method of TemporaryStorage after working with the file, for example:

File file = temporaryStorage.getFile(fileField.getFileId());
if (file != null) {

The temporary storage tends to accumulate files that were not deleted for various reasons. So it provides a JMX interface for removing such old unused files. You can find it by jmix.ui:type=TemporaryStorage name in Administration → JMX Console screen. The MBean has the clearTempDirectory() method that removes all files from the temporary directory of the application (.jmix/temp by default) which are older than 2 days. You can call this method manually, or use a Quartz job to do it periodically. In a job, you should inject the TemporaryStorageManagementFacade bean and call its clearTempDirectory() method.