type - How to include a file upload control in an Angular2 reactive form?

reactive form file validation (2)

I'm a bit late to this, but for anyone else that may come here looking for the same solution - This is my file input accessor that can be used with Reactive or Template-driven forms. Demo here.

There's some optional validation provided with it that can be used to check image dimensions and file size, extension, type, which is disabled by default.

npm i file-input-accessor and add the module to your AppModule imports:

import {BrowserModule} from '@angular/platform-browser';
import {FileInputAccessorModule} from "file-input-accessor";

    declarations: [
    imports: [
    providers: [],
    bootstrap: [AppComponent]
export class AppModule {}

Then use your file input like any other input:

<!--Reactive Forms-->
<input type="file" multiple [formControl]="someFileControl" />
<input type="file" multiple formControlName="someFileControl" />

<input type="file" name="file-input" multiple [(ngModel)]="fileList" />

You can subscribe to valueChanges property just like any other reactive control.

For some weird reason, there are just no tutorials or code samples online showing how to use Angular2 Reactive forms with anything more than simple input or select dropdowns.

I need to create a form to let users select their avatar. (Image file)

The following doesn't work. (i.e. The Avatar property never shows any value changes.)


               <form [formGroup]="profileForm" novalidate>
                        <div class="row">
                            <div class="col-md-4 ">
                                <img src="{{imgUrl}}uploads/avatars/{{getUserAvatar}}" style="width:150px; height:150px;float:left;border-radius:50%;margin-right:25px;margin-left:10px;">

                                <div class="form-group">
                                    <label>Update Profile Image</label>
                                    <input class="form-control" type="file" formControlName="avatar">
                            <div class="col-md-8 ">
                                <div class="form-group">
                                    <label >Firstname:
                                        <input class="form-control" formControlName="firstname">
                                <div class="form-group">
                                    <label >Lastname:
                                        <input class="form-control" formControlName="lastname">
                                <div class="form-group">
                                    <label >Email:
                                        <input class="form-control" formControlName="email">
                                <div class="form-group">
                                    <label >Password:
                                        <input class="form-control" type="password" formControlName="password">
                <p>Form value: {{ profileForm.value | json }}</p>
                <p>Form status: {{ profileForm.status | json }}</p>


import { Component, OnInit } from '@angular/core';
import { FormBuilder, FormGroup,  Validators } from '@angular/forms';
import {Config} from '../../services/config.service';
import {AuthService} from '../../services/auth.service';
import {User} from '../../models/user.model';

  selector: 'app-profile',
  templateUrl: './profile.component.html',
  styleUrls: ['./profile.component.css']
export class ProfileComponent implements OnInit {

  profileForm : FormGroup; 

  constructor(private authService:AuthService, private fb: FormBuilder) {}
  createForm() {
    this.profileForm = this.fb.group({
      firstname:  [this.authUser.firstname, Validators.required ],
      lastname: [this.authUser.lastname, Validators.required ],
      email: [this.authUser.email, Validators.required ],
      avatar: [this.authUser.avatar, Validators.required ],
      password:['xxxxxx', Validators.minLength(4)] 
  ngOnInit() {
    this.authUser = this.authService.getAuthUser();


Simple answer can be found here. https://devblog.dymel.pl/2016/09/02/upload-file-image-angular2-aspnetcore/


    <input #fileInput type="file"/>
    <button (click)="addFile()">Add</button>


@ViewChild("fileInput") fileInput;

addFile(): void {
let fi = this.fileInput.nativeElement;
if (fi.files && fi.files[0]) {
    let fileToUpload = fi.files[0];
        .subscribe(res => {

The service.ts

upload(fileToUpload: any) {
    let input = new FormData();
    input.append("file", fileToUpload);

    return this.http.post("/api/uploadFile", input);