Basic local file picker

While we demonstrate how you can add local file picker to the Image dialog, in order for it to be useful in the real-world scenario, you should also enable image uploading functionality - as a way to transport those local images to a server.

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<textarea id="file-picker"></textarea>
  selector: 'textarea#file-picker',
  plugins: 'image code',
  toolbar: 'undo redo | link image | code',
  /* enable title field in the Image dialog*/
  image_title: true,
  /* enable automatic uploads of images represented by blob or data URIs*/
  automatic_uploads: true,
    URL of our upload handler (for more details check:
    images_upload_url: 'postAcceptor.php',
    here we add custom filepicker only to Image dialog
  file_picker_types: 'image',
  /* and here's our custom image picker*/
  file_picker_callback: function (cb, value, meta) {
    var input = document.createElement('input');
    input.setAttribute('type', 'file');
    input.setAttribute('accept', 'image/*');

      Note: In modern browsers input[type="file"] is functional without
      even adding it to the DOM, but that might not be the case in some older
      or quirky browsers like IE, so you might want to add it to the DOM
      just in case, and visually hide it. And do not forget do remove it
      once you do not need it anymore.

    input.onchange = function () {
      var file = this.files[0];

      var reader = new FileReader();
      reader.onload = function () {
          Note: Now we need to register the blob in TinyMCEs image blob
          registry. In the next release this part hopefully won't be
          necessary, as we are looking to handle it internally.
        var id = 'blobid' + (new Date()).getTime();
        var blobCache =  tinymce.activeEditor.editorUpload.blobCache;
        var base64 = reader.result.split(',')[1];
        var blobInfo = blobCache.create(id, file, base64);

        /* call the callback and populate the Title field with the file name */
        cb(blobInfo.blobUri(), { title: });
  content_style: 'body { font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px }'

You might also consider our MoxieManager module, which can hook onto file_picker_callback and provide feature-rich file manager UI right in the popup (check a demo here). With accompanying plugins it is possible to pick files from Dropbox, Google Drive and much more.