Python Flask Multiple Files Upload Example


The tutorial, Python flask multiple files upload example, will show you how to upload multiple files using Python 3 and Flask technologies. You may also find useful example on file upload on different technologies.

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Example with Source Code

Please go through the following steps in order to implement Python flask multiple files upload example.

Step 1. Create the below script(py is the extension to indicate Python script) where we import the flask module. Notice how we create flask instance. Here we need to assign secret key otherwise flash will not work in Python.

In the below script we import the required module – Flask. If you do not have this module then install it.

Here we have also specified the file upload folder and maximum size of the file to be uploaded as 16MB.

from flask import Flask

UPLOAD_FOLDER = 'D:/uploads'

app = Flask(__name__)
app.secret_key = "secret key"
app.config['MAX_CONTENT_LENGTH'] = 16 * 1024 * 1024

Step 2. Next we need script. This script is the perfect instance of Python flask file upload example. It defines all required URIs for performing file upload operations.

We have used upload.html page for uploading file to the desired directory.

We show success message on successful file upload.

import os
#import magic
import urllib.request
from app import app
from flask import Flask, flash, request, redirect, render_template
from werkzeug.utils import secure_filename

ALLOWED_EXTENSIONS = set(['txt', 'pdf', 'png', 'jpg', 'jpeg', 'gif'])

def allowed_file(filename):
	return '.' in filename and filename.rsplit('.', 1)[1].lower() in ALLOWED_EXTENSIONS
def upload_form():
	return render_template('upload.html')

@app.route('/', methods=['POST'])
def upload_file():
	if request.method == 'POST':
        # check if the post request has the files part
		if 'files[]' not in request.files:
			flash('No file part')
			return redirect(request.url)
		files = request.files.getlist('files[]')
		for file in files:
			if file and allowed_file(file.filename):
				filename = secure_filename(file.filename)['UPLOAD_FOLDER'], filename))
		flash('File(s) successfully uploaded')
		return redirect('/')

if __name__ == "__main__":

Step 3. Now we need template page for uploading file. This is upload.html page kept under subdirectory – templates. You can use this page for uploading single or multiple files. If you want to upload multiple files then you need to hold CTRL key and select files.

<!doctype html>
<title>Python Flask Multiple Files Upload Example</title>
<h2>Select file(s) to upload</h2>
	{% with messages = get_flashed_messages() %}
	  {% if messages %}
		<ul class=flashes>
		{% for message in messages %}
		  <li>{{ message }}</li>
		{% endfor %}
	  {% endif %}
	{% endwith %}
<form method="post" action="/" enctype="multipart/form-data">
			<input type="file" name="files[]" multiple="true" autocomplete="off" required>
		<input type="submit" value="Submit">

Testing of the application

When you open the default URL http://localhost:5000 then you will see below page:

python flask multiple file upload example

For example, you have selected two files of allowed types:

python flask multiple file upload example

When files successfully get uploaded to the destination directory:

python flask multiple file upload example

Source Code

source code

Thanks for reading.

4 Thoughts to “Python Flask Multiple Files Upload Example”

  1. Weronika

    Hello, I have one problem, after when i selected file and clicked submit i have error

    Internal Server Error
    The server encountered an internal error and was unable to complete your request. Either the server is overloaded or there is an error in the application.

  2. Sampashree Nayak

    I am getting this error :
    View function mapping is overwriting an existing endpoint function: upload_form

    Could you please suggest where to change the endpoint


    Hi Roy,
    Thanks so much for providing this tutorial. This is just what I was looking for. The problem I am facing is that when I run the solution from visual studio, it builds file, but when I click the upload button I get a 500 Internal Server Error and I get the error message below.

    filename = secure_filename(file.filename)
    NameError: name ‘secure_filename’ is not defined

    Can you advise?

    Thank you!

    1. Make sure you have imported it correctly

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