Ruby On Rails AJAX File Upload With Valum

Some sample code I wrote with Andrew Valums’s AJAX uploader script and Ruby On Rails.

Note; I use the prototype javascript library to manipulate the DOM during the onComplete event.

If you need any help getting this to work, simply use the comments below.

  function createUploader(){            
      var uploader = new qq.FileUploader({
          allowedExtensions: ['jpg', 'jpeg', 'png', 'gif'], 
          element: document.getElementById('file-uploader-demo1'),
          action: '/vendor/products/12/upload',
          params: {
                 postid: '9999'
          onComplete: function(id, fileName, responseJSON){
            if (responseJSON.success) {
              $$('.qq-upload-failed-text').first().update('Successfully Uploaded!');
              $$('.qq-upload-failed-text').first().update('Hmm .. upload failed');
  // in your app create uploader as soon as the DOM is ready
  // don't wait for the window to load  
  window.onload = createUploader;

and the ruby on rails code

  def upload
    @filename = params['qqfile']
    newf ='assets/' + @filename, "wb")
    str = 
    render :text => '{success:true}'

8 Responses to “Ruby On Rails AJAX File Upload With Valum”

  1. sven says:


    in Firefox it works fine, but in IE8 doesn’t?

    Any idea?

    br, sven

  2. In ie8, params[:qqfile] doesn’t give the filename, but the actual file. So you can skip the treatment above.

  3. For those of you using jQuery, the Remotipart gem makes AJAX style file uploads relatively easy to implement:

  4. Any advise on how to get this to work with Paperclip? I am also using JQuery btw. I am trying to implement multi photo upload. I can send the filename as the parameter photo[photo], but Paperclip expects all of this to be sent:

    “photo”=>{“photo”=>#<ActionDispatch::Http::UploadedFile:0x7f2a00c97e18 @original_filename="myphoto.jpg", @tempfile=#, @headers=”Content-Disposition: form-data; name=\”photo[photo]\”; filename=\”myphoto.jpg\”\r\nContent-Type: image/jpeg\r\n”, @content_type=”image/jpeg”>}

    Both my model and the attactment are called photo.

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  6. kavs says:

    can any one write whole code for “Ruby On Rails AJAX File Upload With Valum” i.e create method view page,etc…

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  8. Mr. Black says:

    I got a error in this line “str =”.

    Error is:

    NoMethodError (undefined method `body’ for #):

    Please help to fix this error!!!

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