Imixs-Faces Fileupload

Imixs-Faces Fileupload is a custom component to provide a fileUpload widget. The component consists of the following parts

  • the FileUploadController - a front-end controller to push uploaded files into a workitem
  • the AjaxFileUploadServlet - a Multipart-Servlet 3.0. to handle file uploads from a ajax component.
  • the i:imixsFileUpload - a JSF widget

The i:imixsFileUpload JSF widget can be included into any JSF form using the tag ‘imixsFileUpload’

<i:imixsFileUpload id="file_upload_id" />

You can hide the attachment list and the list of new uploaded files if you like to display these information somewhere else in your page using the fileUploadController.

<i:imixsFileUpload id="file_upload_id" hideattachments="true" hideuploads="true"/>


The FileUpload component provides a set of style classes which can be used to customized the layout:

CSS class/id Description
#imixsfileuploadform the main form of the component
#imixsfileuploadcontrol div containing the controls and content section
#imixsfileuploadcontent div containing the file content
#imixsfileuploadattachments table containing the attached files
#imixsfileuploaduploads table containing the new uploaded files
.imixsfileuploadtable general table layout

The FileUploadController

The FileUploadController provides methods to extract a file from a mulitpart http request. In this way the controller can be used in JSF pages to provide a fileUpload feature. The controller provides a build-in functionality to store the uploaded files into a ItemCollection. A client can set a target WorkItem by calling setWorkitem(). The list of all currently uploaded files will be stored into the workitem property $file.

Ajax support

The component can not be wrapped with an f:ajax tag because of the restriction that ajax requests can not deal with “multipart/form-data” forms. For that reason the component imixsFileUploadFrame is provided and included into a iFrame.

File Size

The AjaxFileUploadServlet is derived from the Multipart-Servlet 3.0 and used by the i:imixsFileUpload widget. The widget is using a jQuery component to handle the upload of multiple files and supports drag & drop functionality. The servlet is configured with a max file size to 10MB, and a max request size of 50MB.

These settings can be overwritten with the following web.xml settings:

	<!-- Fileupload servlet -->
			<!-- 20971520 = 20MB -->

Callback Method onFileUploadChange

The optional JavaScript callback method onFileUploadChange can be implemented by a web front end to react on new uploaded or removed files. This callback method is triggered immediately when the user added or removed a file but before the data is submitted to the Imixs backend. The callback method must not be registered on a special component.

function onFileUploadChange() {
	// do something