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Upload Collection is a list control for attachment management that provides the ability to upload, edit or delete attachments.

The UploadCollection control allows users to upload single or multiple files from their devices (desktop PC, tablet or phone) to an app. Due to its responsiveness, the upload collection can be used in containers of different sizes.


You can use the UploadCollection control to show a list of files, for example, attachments or uploads, that can be modified, or you can allow users to add or remove files to or from this list.

The UploadCollection control can be used in the following scenarios:
  • Instant Upload

    Allows users to upload single or multiple files from their devices and attach them to the application immediately. The selection and upload process is completed in one step and is automatically triggered by the UploadCollection control.

  • Upload Pending

    Users can select attachments and add them to the upload list (multiple selection is possible). It is possible to cancel the upload of one file in this selection without canceling the upload of the other selected files. In a second step, the user uploads the selected files. The application triggers the upload with an event.

  • Upload files

    The upload is triggered by the Add pushbutton (plus icon). In the OS-native file picker dialog you can select one or multiple files. However, the consuming application need to enable the upload of multiple files by using the multiple property during the instantiation. During the upload process, a progress indicator provides information about the status.

  • Open files

    To open a listed file, you can choose the icon or thumbnail of the attachment as well as the filename itself. Depending on the file extension, browser capabilities, and device type (PC or mobile), the file is handled differently, for example, it is opened in a new tab or downloaded, if no display capability is available in the browser.

  • Rename files

    Choosing the Rename pushbutton (pen icon) turns the file name into an input field and allows modification. If the sameFilenameAllowed property is set to true, the new file name is validated and, if the file name already exists in the current list, an error occurs, which indicates that you need to change the file name.

  • Delete files

    You can delete files by using the Delete pushbutton (x icon with a circle). After choosing the Delete pushbutton, a dialog appears, asking the user to confirm the deletion of the respective file that removes the file from the list.

  • For the instant upload scenario only, the following features are available:

    • Download files

      You can download a file item from the Upload Collection list and save it on your device or desktop. For example, you can provide a Download pushbutton in the header, and once you marked one of the items the download feature can be used. To use this feature, API methods in the UploadCollection control and the UploadCollectionItem control are used. Using the askForLocation parameter, you can configure that the browser should ask for the location where to store the file or not (depending on the browser). When this parameter is set to false, the download method acts in the same way as when clicking on the file link. If the askForLocation parameter is set to true, the browser opens a Save As dialog.

    • Upload new version of file

      To upload a new version of a file to the Upload Collection list, the openFileDialog method is available. You can provide a pushbutton in the header area and if one entry in the Upload Collection list is selected, the API method shall be called. The uploading process of the new version depends on the settings for the optional UploadCollectionItem parameter: If the parameter is provided, the method removes the selected item from the Upload Collection list automatically to upload the new version. If the parameter is not provided, the select dialog of the operating system opens and the further steps have to be proceeded manually by the user.

      The detailed behavior of the feature depends on the app, in which the control is used.

  • The Rename and Delete pushbuttons are displayed for each item and are active and visible by default. Both icons can be set to invisible or inactive.

  • While most file types have generic icons (such as Word documents, Excel sheets and PDFs), graphic files can be displayed with a small thumbnail preview of its graphic if the respective URL is provided.

  • The header toolbar of the UploadCollection control can be customized:

    • To customize the toolbar, the aggregation toolbar can be set to the sap.m.OverflowToolbar control which can contain your preferred UI5 controls. To make the position of the upload (+) pushbutton configurable, the sap.m.UploadCollectionToolbarPlaceholder type is used. To configure the position of the button, you can set the placeholder element to the designated position.

    • If the toolbar is not customized it only provides the upload (+) button.
    • In case the customizable toolbar has been configured and the placeholder is missing, an exception will be thrown.
  • The mode property of the UploadCollection control can be set. Therefore the sap.m.ListMode type is used.

    • The listmode Delete is not supported and will be set to listmode None if used.

    • In chase of an upload pending scenario, the listmode MultiSelect is not supported; in this case it will be set to listmode None automatically.

API Reference/Explored Sample

Constraints and Dependencies

By using the UploadCollection control, you need to be aware of the following constraints:

  • The UploadCollection control does not work with IE9 because of a missing header parameter handling needed for the upload.

  • The file name of an upload item can contain any text and special characters but not a URL.

The sap.m.UploadCollection control uses the sap.ui.unified.FileUploader control and contains dependencies to this control. If you want to use the UploadCollection control, you need to be aware of these dependencies. For more information, see the FileUploader control on the API Reference tab in the Demo Kit.