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The JavaScript File Manager (a.k.a. File Explorer) is a graphical user interface component for managing the file system that allows users to perform most common file operations like accessing, editing, and sorting files or folders. This component also provides easy navigation to select a file or folder from the file system.

Why choose Syncfusion JavaScript File Manager?

JavaScript File Manager with easy customization options.

Easy to customize

With customization options, the entire layout can be customized and modified easily, and initial views switched.

JavaScript File Manager with built in file operation.

Built-in file operations

Provides a wide range of built-in file operations including copying, moving, renaming, and deleting files, drag-and-drop, image preview, and more.

JavaScript File Manager easy to interact.

Easy to interact

An intuitive and easy-to-interact interface that includes a toolbar, treeview, breadcrumb, and menu.

Localization in JavaScript File Manager.


Localize the text values of the context menu and tooltips displayed in the user interface using the localization library.

Integrate JavaScript File Manager with other components.

Integration with other components

Integrate with Syncfusion’s PDF Viewer, Word Editor, and Spreadsheet component to open and view PDF, Excel, and Word files.

JavaScript File Manager connect with cloud storage services.

Connect with cloud storage services

Easily connect and manage data stored in a various storage services, including local, cloud, and database.

Responsive JavaScript File Manager.

Adapts to any resolution

The File Manager is designed to be responsive and adaptable, with a layout that works well on devices including desktops, touch screens, and smart phones.

JavaScript File Manager with customizable themes.

Attractive, customizable themes

Cutting edge design with 5+ built-in themes such as Fluent, Tailwind CSS, Bootstrap, Material, Fabric, and more. Utilize the online Theme Studio tool to customize themes easily.

JavaScript File Manager Code Example

Easily get started with the JavaScript File Manager using a few simple lines of HTML and TS code example as demonstrated below. Also explore our JavaScript File Manager Example that shows you how to render and configure a File Manager in JavaScript.

<div class="control-section">
    <div class="sample-container">
        <!-- Initialize FileManager -->
        <div id="filemanager"></div>
import { loadCultureFiles } from '../common/culture-loader';
import { FileManager, Toolbar, NavigationPane, DetailsView, ContextMenu } from '@syncfusion/ej2-filemanager';

FileManager.Inject(Toolbar, NavigationPane, DetailsView, ContextMenu);

 * File Manager full functionalities sample

    let hostUrl: string = 'https://ej2-aspcore-service.azurewebsites.net/';
    let fileObject: FileManager = new FileManager({
        ajaxSettings: {
            url: hostUrl + 'api/FileManager/FileOperations',
            getImageUrl: hostUrl + 'api/FileManager/GetImage',
            uploadUrl: hostUrl + 'api/FileManager/Upload',
            downloadUrl: hostUrl + 'api/FileManager/Download'
        view: 'Details'

Customizable layout design

The File Manager UI consists of a toolbar, navigation pane, and content pane through which the files or folders in the file system can be accessed and managed. The entire layout can be customized with features like right-to-left alignment, enabling or disabling the toolbar and navigation pane, and switching between views.

Customizable layout design in JavaScript File Manager.

JavaScript File Manager with toolbar.


The toolbar contains a list of tools for performing various operations like upload file, download file, and switch views. The toolbar can be configured with any custom functionality to be performed on the file system.

The navigation pane allows quick and direct access to a file or folder in a file system where the entire folder hierarchy is listed using a tree view. This can be made visible or hidden as needed.

JavaScript File Manager with navigation pane.

Content pane in JavaScript File Manager.

Content pane

The content pane displays the files and folders in the file system. The files in the content pane can be displayed in either a large icon view or a details view.

File operations

The File Manager control includes all the common operations needed for managing a file system. It includes copy, move, upload, download, edit, create, delete, and sort.

File operations support in JavaScript File Manager

File upload and download in JavaScript File Manager.

File upload and download

The File Manager control allows easy file uploading and downloading in a file system.


Files and folders in the file system can be sorted in ascending or descending order by clicking the column header. Files and folders can be sorted based on name, date created, size, and other details. The default sorting functionality can also be customized in the File Manager.

File sorting in JavaScript File Manager.

File searching in JavaScript File Manager.


The File Manager control contains built-in search functionality that allows you to search for and access a file or folder in the current path and its child folders.

Moving files and folders with drag and drop

In JavaScript File Manager, the files and folders can be moved within the file system by dragging and dropping them. Drag-and-drop support can be turned on or off.

Drag and drop in JavaScript File Manager.

Access control support in JavaScript File Manager.

Access control restriction

Restrict access to files and folders by defining a set of rules for them. Only authorized users will be able to access them.

Restrict upload file types

You can specify the types of files that can be uploaded in the File Manager.

Restrict file types in JavaScript File Manager.

Multiple file selection in JavaScript File Manager.

Multiple file selection

The File Manager control has built-in support for the selection of multiple files or folders. Multiple file selection is effective when a single operation like download or delete needs to be performed for multiple files in the file system.

Directory upload

The JavaScript File Manager control has support to upload a directory (folder) with its subfolders and files.

Directory upload in JavaScript File Manager.

Quick access menu support in JS File Manager.

Quick access menu

The File Manager control provides a context menu to list the operations that can be performed with files and folders. It appears when a file or folder is right-clicked. Context menu items can be customized according to user preferences.

Additional features

Keyboard navigation in JavaScript File Manager.

Keyboard navigation

The JavaScript File Manager control ensures that every cell is accessible using the keyboard. Major features like sort, select, and edit can be performed using keyboard commands alone; no mouse interaction is required. This helps in creating highly accessible applications using this control.

Developer-friendly APIs in JS File Manager.

Developer-friendly APIs

Developers have control over all the UI elements and behaviors of the components to provide the best experience to end users.

JavaScript File Manager RTL support.

Right to left (RTL)

Supports right-to-left (RTL) direction for users working in right-to-left languages like Hebrew and Arabic.

Other supported frameworks

The File Manager component is also available in Blazor, Angular, React, and Vue frameworks. Check out the different File Manager platforms from the links below:

Supported browsers

The JavaScript File Manager works well with all modern web browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Safari, and Opera.

Supported browsers in JavaScript File Manager.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • A lightweight, modern user interface for easy and effective file management in a file system.
  • Support for all basic file operations, like upload, download, delete, create, sort, search, and rename, along with an out-of-the-box option to preview images in the file system.
  • Support for different kinds of file system providers like physical, FTP, SQL, Node.js, Azure, Amazon S3, Firebase, and Google Drive.
  • One of the best JavaScript File Manager controls on the market, offering a feature-rich UI.
  • Built-in support for access control.
  • Simple configuration and API.
  • Support for all modern browsers.
  • Touch-friendly and responsive.
  • Expansive learning resources such as demos and documentation to learn quickly and get started fast.

You can find our JavaScript File Manager demo, which demonstrates how to render and configure the File Manager.

No, this is a commercial product and requires a paid license. However, a free community license is also available for companies and individuals whose organizations have less than $1 million USD in annual gross revenue, 5 or fewer developers, and 10 or fewer total employees.

A good place to start would be our comprehensive getting started documentation.

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