Bootstrap 4 Custom File Input Button Text

  • Author: Techiediaries Team

In this quick tip article, we'll see how to use custom text and styles with Bootstrap 4 file input.

Bootstrap 4 File Input

HTML file input enables you to upload one or multiple files such as images or import data from files.

Bootstrap 4 Basic and Custom Input

Bootstrap 4 enables you to use two types of file inputs which are basic and custom inputs.

You can simply add the .form-control-file to your <input> element for a basic file input.

For the custom file input, you need to add the .custom-file-input class to the <input> element and the .custom-file-label class to the <label> element.

This a basic Bootstrap 4 file input example:

<div class="form-group">
    <label for="input1">Example file input</label>
    <input type="file" class="form-control-file" id="input1">

This is a second example with a custom file input:

<div class="custom-file">
    <input type="file" class="custom-file-input" id="customInput">
    <label class="custom-file-label" for="customInput">Select file</label>

Customize the File Input with Bootstrap

You can use the Bootstrap 4 classes and CSS to customize the custom file input.

Let's take the following example:

<div class="container">
    <label class="custom-file" for="customInput">
        <input type="file" class="custom-file-input" id="customInput" aria-describedby="fileHelp">
        <span class="custom-file-control form-control-file"></span>

This is the CSS code for customizing the file input:

#customFile .custom-file-control:lang(en)::after {
  content: "Select file...";

#customFile .custom-file-control:lang(en)::before {
  content: "Click me";

Displaying the Selected File Name with JavaScript

You can display the selected file name with JavaScript.

Let's assume we have a custom-file-input element with label that is the next sibling element to the input.

We can use the following JavaScript code for displaying the file name after selecting a file"

  var fileName = document.getElementById("exampleInputFile").files[0].name;
  var nextSibling =
  nextSibling.innerText = fileName


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