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HTML <form> enctype Attribute

❮ HTML <form> tag

Example

Send form-data encoded as "multipart/form-data":

<form action="/action_page_binary.asp" method="post" enctype="multipart/form-data">
  <label for="fname">First name:</label>
  <input type="text" id="fname" name="fname"><br><br>
  <label for="lname">Last name:</label>
  <input type="text" id="lname" name="lname"><br><br>
  <input type="submit" value="Submit">
</form>
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Definition and Usage

The enctype attribute specifies how the form-data should be encoded when submitting it to the server.

Note: The enctype attribute can be used only if method="post".


Browser Support

Attribute
enctype Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Differences Between HTML 4.01 and HTML5

NONE.


Syntax

<form enctype="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. This value is required when you are using forms that have a file upload control
text/plain Spaces are converted to "+" symbols, but no special characters are encoded

❮ HTML <form> tag