Pure Ajax / Javascript uploaders

There are a ton of ajax / javascript file uploaders out there. Here are my top picks:

noSWFUpload: The upside is that it supports practically every browser under the sun. The downside is that it looks a little dated. Note: The demo page doesn't show a progress bar but this version does.

CSS Ninja HTML5 Drag-and-Drop uploader: Very cool and modern with progress bar status overlay. Check out the demo page if you're using Firefox. Note: Other browser support is buggy so you may have better luck with html5uploader.

Richard York uploader: This one gets bonus points for supporting Mac Safari 5.0.5 drag-and-drop upload. The downside...Windows Safari does not support it. Firefox, Chrome, and Safari users can check out the demo.

Valums Ajax Upload: This one is my personal favorite. It supports all the fancy bells and whistles of modern browsers and degrades nicely for older browsers. Plus, the recently added LGPL v2+ license is a bit more commercial friendly.

P.S. As an interesting aside, even the GPL license has a loophole when it comes to server-side web pages:

"The GNU General Public License permits making a modified version and letting the public access it on a server without ever releasing its source code to the public."

GNU Free Software Foundation


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