HTML <input> formenctype Attribute

HTML input Tag Reference HTML <input> tag


Send form-data that is default encoded (the first submit button), and encoded as "multipart/form-data" (the second submit button):

<form action="demo_post_enctype.asp" method="post">
  First name: <input type="text" name="fname"><br>
  <input type="submit" value="Submit">
  <input type="submit" formenctype="multipart/form-data" value="Submit as Multipart/form-data">

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Definition and Usage

The formenctype attribute specifies how the form-data should be encoded when submitting it to the server (only for forms with method="post")

The formenctype attribute overrides the enctype attribute of the <form> element.

Note: The formenctype attribute is used with type="submit" and type="image".

Browser Support

The numbers in the table specify the first browser version that fully supports the attribute.

formenctype 9.0 10.0 4.0 5.1 10.6

Differences Between HTML 4.01 and HTML5

The formenctype attribute is new in HTML5.


<input formenctype="value">

Attribute Values

Value Description
application/x-www-form-urlencoded Default. All characters are encoded before sent (spaces are converted to "+" symbols, and special characters are converted to ASCII HEX values)
multipart/form-data No characters are encoded
text/plain Spaces are converted to "+" symbols, but no special characters are encoded

HTML input Tag Reference HTML <input> tag


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