WooCommerce: Upload File @ Checkout Page

No matter what you try, but simply adding an HTML input type=”file” won’t work on the WooCommerce Checkout page. I believe this is a security measure and as such, we need to find a workaround.

The only possible solution is to upload the file BEFORE the checkout is submitted, so that upon “Place Order”, the file is already available in the Media section and can be attached to the order as a simple string (URL).

Such upload can happen via Ajax, so that the customer won’t notice anything on the Checkout page – they are actually uploading a file to your website without even noticing it (yes, you need to apply some security measures, of course).

Here’s how it’s done – enjoy!

Thanks to the snippet below, I was able to display a file upload field on the WooCommerce Checkout page, attach this to the order, and return it on the admin screens / emails.

PHP Snippet: Allow Customers to Upload Files @ WooCommerce Checkout Page

Note 1: in this example, I only allow users to upload a PDF file. This is defined via the accept parameter of the file input type.

Note 2: I use wp_upload_bits() WordPress function to add the file to the current upload directory e.g. /wp-content/uploads/2022/09

Note 3: once the file is uploaded and then attached to the order, I display it to the admin in the Edit Order page and the Admin emails.

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add_action( 'woocommerce_after_order_notes', 'bbloomer_checkout_file_upload' );

function bbloomer_checkout_file_upload() {
	echo '<p class="form-row"><label for="appform">Application Form (PDF)<abbr class="required" title="required">*</abbr></label><span class="woocommerce-input-wrapper"><input type="file" id="appform" name="appform" accept=".pdf" required><input type="hidden" name="appform_field" /></span></p>';
	wc_enqueue_js( "
		$( '#appform' ).change( function() {
			if ( this.files.length ) {
				const file = this.files[0];
				const formData = new FormData();
				formData.append( 'appform', file );
					url: wc_checkout_params.ajax_url + '?action=appformupload',
					type: 'POST',
					data: formData,
					contentType: false,
					enctype: 'multipart/form-data',
					processData: false,
					success: function ( response ) {
						$( 'input[name=\"appform_field\"]' ).val( response );
	" );

add_action( 'wp_ajax_appformupload', 'bbloomer_appformupload' );
add_action( 'wp_ajax_nopriv_appformupload', 'bbloomer_appformupload' );

function bbloomer_appformupload() {
	global $wpdb;
	$uploads_dir = wp_upload_dir();
	if ( isset( $_FILES['appform'] ) ) {
		if ( $upload = wp_upload_bits( $_FILES['appform']['name'], null, file_get_contents( $_FILES['appform']['tmp_name'] ) ) ) {
			echo $upload['url'];

add_action( 'woocommerce_checkout_process', 'bbloomer_validate_new_checkout_field' );
function bbloomer_validate_new_checkout_field() {
	if ( empty( $_POST['appform_field'] ) ) {
		wc_add_notice( 'Please upload your Application Form', 'error' );

add_action( 'woocommerce_checkout_update_order_meta', 'bbloomer_save_new_checkout_field' );
function bbloomer_save_new_checkout_field( $order_id ) { 
	if ( ! empty( $_POST['appform_field'] ) ) {
		update_post_meta( $order_id, '_application', $_POST['appform_field'] );
add_action( 'woocommerce_admin_order_data_after_billing_address', 'bbloomer_show_new_checkout_field_order', 10, 1 );
function bbloomer_show_new_checkout_field_order( $order ) {    
   $order_id = $order->get_id();
   if ( get_post_meta( $order_id, '_application', true ) ) echo '<p><strong>Application PDF:</strong> <a href="' . get_post_meta( $order_id, '_application', true ) . '" target="_blank">' . get_post_meta( $order_id, '_application', true ) . '</a></p>';
add_action( 'woocommerce_email_after_order_table', 'bbloomer_show_new_checkout_field_emails', 20, 4 );
function bbloomer_show_new_checkout_field_emails( $order, $sent_to_admin, $plain_text, $email ) {
    if ( $sent_to_admin && get_post_meta( $order->get_id(), '_application', true ) ) echo '<p><strong>Application Form:</strong> ' . get_post_meta( $order->get_id(), '_application', true ) . '</p>';

Where to add this snippet?

You can place PHP snippets at the bottom of your child theme functions.php file (delete "?>" if you have it there). CSS, on the other hand, goes in your child theme style.css file. Make sure you know what you are doing when editing such files - if you need more guidance, please take a look at my free video tutorial "Where to Place WooCommerce Customization?"

Does this snippet (still) work?

Please let me know in the comments if everything worked as expected. I would be happy to revise the snippet if you report otherwise (please provide screenshots). I have tested this code with Storefront theme, the WooCommerce version listed above and a WordPress-friendly hosting on PHP 7.3.

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Rodolfo Melogli

Business Bloomer Founder

Author, WooCommerce expert and WordCamp speaker, Rodolfo has worked as an independent WooCommerce freelancer since 2011. His goal is to help entrepreneurs and developers overcome their WooCommerce nightmares. Rodolfo loves travelling, chasing tennis & soccer balls and, of course, wood fired oven pizza.

2 thoughts on “WooCommerce: Upload File @ Checkout Page

  1. No questions – just praise. Thank you for sharing an elegant solution.

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