Is there anyway to add a file custom fieldtype in a channel:form tag like so:

input type="file" name="photo_banner" value="{banner_photo}"

Instead of: {field:banner_photo}

I can get the latter to work, but not the former.



  • Any reason why you don't want to use {field:banner_photo} if it works?
    – lealea
    Nov 12, 2013 at 21:39
  • I want to leverage a jquery upload plugin that provides some neat interface features, but the plugin requires some extra data attributes in the file field.
    – Fabian
    Nov 12, 2013 at 21:59

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I managed to achieve this by using the {field:custom_field} method, then inspecting the DOM and copying the div.file_field element, and adding it directly to my template. I also had to copy over the safecracker script tag that the {field:custom_field} tag generated.

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