How Do You Set Content Type as Multipart Form Data?


Heather Bennett

In this tutorial, we will learn how to set the content type as multipart form data in HTML. Multipart form data is commonly used when submitting forms that include files or binary data. By setting the correct content type, we ensure that the server can process the form data correctly.

What is Multipart Form Data?

Multipart form data is a way to send structured data, including files and binary data, to a server. It divides the form data into multiple parts and sends each part as a separate section in the HTTP request.

Setting Content Type

To set the content type as multipart form data, we need to add an attribute called enctype to the <form> tag. The value of this attribute should be set to “multipart/form-data”. Here’s an example:

<form action="/submit" method="post" enctype="multipart/form-data">

The enctype attribute specifies how the form data should be encoded before sending it to the server. In this case, we are using “multipart/form-data” encoding for sending files or binary data.


Let’s take an example where we have a simple HTML form with a file input field:

<form action="/submit" method="post" enctype="multipart/form-data">
  <label for="file">Select File:</label>
  <input type="file" id="file" name="file">
  <input type="submit" value="Submit">

Here, we have an input field of type “file” which allows the user to select a file from their device. The form will be submitted to the “/submit” URL using the HTTP POST method, and the content type will be set as multipart form data.

Server-side Processing

On the server-side, you need to handle multipart form data differently than regular form data. The server needs to parse the different parts of the request and extract the file or binary data from it.

The exact process for handling multipart form data depends on the programming language or framework you are using on your server. Most programming languages provide libraries or modules that handle this parsing automatically. Make sure to refer to your server-side documentation for handling multipart form data.


In this tutorial, we learned how to set the content type as multipart form data in HTML. By setting this attribute correctly, we can ensure that our forms with files or binary data are processed correctly by the server. Remember that handling multipart form data on the server-side requires additional processing compared to regular form data.

Now you can confidently handle forms with files and binary data in your HTML applications!

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