This feature is non-standard and is not on a standards track. Do not use it on production sites facing the Web: it will not work for every user. There may also be large incompatibilities between implementations and the behavior may change in the future.

The HTMLInputElement.webkitDirectory is a property that reflects the webkitdirectory HTML attribute and indicating that the <input> element is intended to select directories. Browsers may use this information to display a tailored file picker.

Unlike, setting the property to true doesn't set the HTMLInputElement.files property to null.


 inputElmt.webkitDirectory = boolValue


var inputElt = document.getElementsByTagName('input')[0];
if (inputElmt.webkitDirectory) {
   console.log("Only directories can be selected");


This is not part of any specification.

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support (Yes) 49 (49) No support (Yes) (Yes)
Feature Android Android Webview Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile Chrome for Android
Basic support (Yes) (Yes) 49.0 (49) No support (Yes) (Yes) (Yes)


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