Vuetify File Upload example

In this tutorial, I will show you way to use Vuetify to build File Upload example with Axios and Multipart File for making HTTP requests. You will also know how to add progress bar, show response message and display list of files’ information (with url).

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Using Bootstrap: Vue File Upload example with Axios & Bootstrap


We’re gonna create a Vuetify File upload application in that user can:

  • see the upload process (percentage)
  • view all uploaded files
  • link to the file when clicking on the file name


Here are APIs that we will use Axios to make HTTP requests:

POST/uploadupload a File
GET/filesget List of Files (name & url)
GET/files/[filename]download a File

You can find how to implement the Rest APIs Server at one of following posts:
Node.js Express File Upload Rest API example
Spring Boot Multipart File upload (to static folder) example


  • Vue 2.6
  • Axios 0.19.2
  • Vuetify 2

Setup Vuetify File Upload Project

Open cmd at the folder you want to save Project folder, run command:
vue create vuetify-upload-files

You will see some options, choose default (babel, eslint).

After the Vue project is created successfully, we import Vuetify with command: vue add vuetify.
The Console will show:

�📦  Installing vue-cli-plugin-vuetify...

+ vue-cli-plugin-vuetify@2.0.5
added 5 packages from 7 contributors and audited 1277 packages in 25.013s
found 0 vulnerabilities

✔  Successfully installed plugin: vue-cli-plugin-vuetify

? Choose a preset: Default (recommended)

�🚀  Invoking generator for vue-cli-plugin-vuetify...
�📦  Installing additional dependencies...

added 7 packages from 5 contributors and audited 1284 packages in 41.183s
found 0 vulnerabilities

⚓  Running completion hooks...

✔  Successfully invoked generator for plugin: vue-cli-plugin-vuetify
   The following files have been updated / added:


Open plugins/vuetify.js, you can see:

import Vue from 'vue';
import Vuetify from 'vuetify/lib';


export default new Vuetify({

Then in main.js file, Vuetify object will added automatically to Vue App:

import Vue from 'vue'
import App from './App.vue'
import vuetify from './plugins/vuetify';

Vue.config.productionTip = false

new Vue({
  render: h => h(App)

And vue.config.js:

module.exports = {
  transpileDependencies: ["vuetify"]

Project Structure

Let’s remove unnecessary folders and files, then create new ones like this:


Let me explain it briefly.

plugins/vuetify.js imports Vuetify library, initializes and exports Vuetify object for main.js.
We don’t need to do anything with these 2 files because the command add Vuetify helped us.

UploadFilesService provides methods to save File and get Files using Axios.
UploadFiles component contains upload form, progress bar, display of list files.
App.vue is the container that we embed all Vue components.

http-common.js initializes Axios with HTTP base Url and headers.
– We configure transpile Dependencies and port for our App in vue.config.js

Initialize Axios for Vue HTTP Client

Now we add Axios library with command: npm install axios.

Under src folder, we create http-common.js file like this:

import axios from "axios";

export default axios.create({
  baseURL: "http://localhost:8080",
  headers: {
    "Content-type": "application/json"

Remember to change the baseURL, it depends on REST APIs url that your Server configures.

Create Service for File Upload

This service will use Axios to send HTTP requests.
There are 2 functions:

  • upload(file): POST form data with a callback for tracking upload progress
  • getFiles(): GET list of Files’ information


import http from "../http-common";

class UploadFilesService {
  upload(file, onUploadProgress) {
    let formData = new FormData();

    formData.append("file", file);

    return"/upload", formData, {
      headers: {
        "Content-Type": "multipart/form-data"

  getFiles() {
    return http.get("/files");

export default new UploadFilesService();

– First we import Axios as http from http-common.js.

FormData is a data structure that can be used to store key-value pairs. We use it to build an object which corresponds to an HTML form with append() method.

– We pass onUploadProgress to exposes progress events. This progress event are expensive (change detection for each event), so you should only use when you want to monitor it.

– We call the post() & get() method of Axios to send an HTTP POST & Get request to the File Upload server.

Create Component for Upload Files

Let’s create a File Upload UI with Vuetify Progress Bar, Button and Alert. We also have Card and List Item Group for displaying uploaded files.

First we create a Vue component template and import UploadFilesService:




import UploadService from "../services/UploadFilesService";

export default {
  name: "upload-files",
  data() {
    return {

  methods: {

Then we define the some variables inside data()

export default {
  name: "upload-files",
  data() {
    return {
      currentFile: undefined,
      progress: 0,
      message: "",

      fileInfos: []
  • fileInfos is an array of {name, url} objects. We’re gonna display its data in a Vuetify v-list and v-list-item-group.
  • progress is the percentage of file upload progress.

Next we define selectFile() method which helps us to get the selected Files from v-file-input element in HTML template later.

export default {
  name: "upload-files",
  methods: {
    selectFile(file) {
      this.progress = 0;
      this.currentFile = file;

We also define upload() method as following:

export default {
  name: "upload-files",
  methods: {
    upload() {
      if (!this.currentFile) {
        this.message = "Please select a file!";

      this.message = "";

      UploadService.upload(this.currentFile, (event) => {
        this.progress = Math.round((100 * event.loaded) /;
        .then((response) => {
          this.message =;
          return UploadService.getFiles();
        .then((files) => {
          this.fileInfos =;
        .catch(() => {
          this.progress = 0;
          this.message = "Could not upload the file!";
          this.currentFile = undefined;

We check if the currentFile is here or not. Then we call UploadService.upload() method on the currentFile with a callback.

The progress will be calculated basing on event.loaded and
If the transmission is done, we call UploadService.getFiles() to get the files’ information and assign the result to fileInfos array.

We also need to do this work in mounted() method:

export default {
  name: "upload-files",
  mounted() {
    UploadService.getFiles().then(response => {
      this.fileInfos =;

Now we implement the HTML template of the Upload File UI using Vuetify. Add the following content to <template>:

    <div v-if="currentFile">
          <strong>{{ progress }} %</strong>

    <v-row no-gutters justify="center" align="center">
      <v-col cols="8">
          label="File input"

      <v-col cols="4" class="pl-2">
        <v-btn color="success" dark small @click="upload">
          <v-icon right dark>mdi-cloud-upload</v-icon>

    <v-alert v-if="message" border="left" color="blue-grey" dark>
      {{ message }}

    <v-card v-if="fileInfos.length > 0" class="mx-auto">
        <v-subheader>List of Files</v-subheader>
        <v-list-item-group color="primary">
          <v-list-item v-for="(file, index) in fileInfos" :key="index">
            <a :href="file.url">{{ }}</a>

In the code above, we use Vuetify Progress linear: v-progress-linear. This component will be responsive to user input with v-model. We bind the progress model (percentage) to display inside of the progress bar.

The v-btn button will call upload() method, then notification is shown with v-alert.

Add Upload File Component to App Component

Open App.vue and embed the UploadFiles Component with <upload-files> tag.

    <v-container fluid style="width: 600px">
      <div class="mb-5">
        <h2>Vuetify File Upload</h2>


import UploadFiles from "./components/UploadFiles";

export default {
  name: "App",
  components: {

Configure Port for Vuetify File Upload App

Because most of HTTP Server use CORS configuration that accepts resource sharing retricted to some sites or ports. And if you use the Project in this post for making Server, you need to configure port for our App.

Modify vue.config.js file by adding devServer:

module.exports = {
  transpileDependencies: ["vuetify"],
  devServer: {
    port: 8081,

We’ve set our app running at port 8081. vue.config.js will be automatically loaded by @vue/cli-service.

Run the App

Run this Vue File Upload App with command: npm run serve.

Open Browser with url http://localhost:8081/ and check the result.

Further Reading

If you want to build Vuetify CRUD App like this:


You can visit the tutorial:
Vuetify data-table example with a CRUD App | v-data-table


Today we’re learned how to build an Vue/Vuetify example for upload Files using Axios. We also provide the ability to show list of files, upload progress bar, and list of uploaded files from the server.

You can find how to implement the Rest APIs Server at one of following posts:
Node.js Express File Upload Rest API example
Spring Boot Multipart File upload (to static folder) example

If you want to upload multiple images at once:


Please visit: Vuetify Multiple Images Upload example

Source Code

The source code for the Vue/Vuetify Client is uploaded to Github.

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