[javascript] How to save an image to localStorage and display it on the next page?

So, basically, I need to upload a single image, save it to localStorage, then display it on the next page.

Currently, I have my HTML file upload:

<input type='file' id="uploadBannerImage" onchange="readURL(this);" />

Which uses this function to display the image on the page

function readURL(input) 
    document.getElementById("bannerImg").style.display = "block";

    if (input.files && input.files[0]) {
        var reader = new FileReader();

        reader.onload = function (e) {
            document.getElementById('bannerImg').src =  e.target.result;


The image is displayed instantly on the page for the user to see. They are then asked to fill out the rest of the form. This part is working perfectly.

Once the form is complete, they then press a 'Save' button. Once this button is pressed, I save all form inputs as localStorage strings. I need a way to also save the image as a localStorage item.

The save button will also direct them to a new page. This new page will display the users data in a table, with the image being at the top.

So plain and simple, I need to save the image in localStorage once the 'Save' button is pressed, and then loan the image on the next page from localStorage.

I found some solutions such as this fiddle and this article at moz://a HACKS.

Although I am still extremely confused on how this works, and I only really need a simple solution. Basically, I just need to find the image via getElementByID once the 'Save' button is pressed, and then process and save the image.

This question is related to javascript jquery html local-storage

The answer is

I wrote a little 2,2kb library of saving image in localStorage JQueryImageCaching Usage:

<img data-src="path/to/image">

If your images keep getting cropped, here's some code to get the dimensions of the image file before saving to localstorage.

First, I would create some hidden input boxes to hold the width and height values

<input id="file-h" hidden type="text"/>
<input id="file-w" hidden type="text"/>

Then get the dimensions of your file into the input boxes

var _URL = window.URL || window.webkitURL;
$("#file-input").change(function(e) {
    var file, img;
    if ((file = this.files[0])) {
        img = new Image();
        img.onload = function() {
        img.onerror = function() {
            alert( "not a valid file: " + file.type);
        img.src = _URL.createObjectURL(file);

Lastly, change the width and height objects used in the getBase64Image() function by pointing to your input box values


function getBase64Image(img) {
    var canvas = document.createElement("canvas");
    canvas.width = img.width;
    canvas.height = img.height;


function getBase64Image(img) {
    var canvas = document.createElement("canvas");
    canvas.width = $("#file-w").val();
    canvas.height = $("#file-h").val();

Also, you are going to have to maintain a size of about 300kb for all files. There are posts on stackoverflow that cover file size validation using Javascript.

I have come up with the same issue, instead of storing images, that eventually overflow the local storage, you can just store the path to the image. something like:

let imagen = ev.target.getAttribute('src');

I wanted to store a user's uploaded image into localStorage, so I can provide a solution for this situation. I got this to work with a combination of the accepted answer, James H. Kelly's comment, and with reference to the Mozilla docs.

I first stored the uploaded image as a Base64 string using a FileReader object:

// get user's uploaded image
const imgPath = document.querySelector('input[type=file]').files[0];
const reader = new FileReader();

reader.addEventListener("load", function () {
    // convert image file to base64 string and save to localStorage
    localStorage.setItem("image", reader.result);
}, false);

if (imgPath) {

Then, to read the image back in from localStorage, I simply did the following:

let img = document.getElementById('image');
img.src = localStorage.getItem('image');

document.getElementById('file').addEventListener('change', (e) => {
  const file = e.target.files[0];
  const reader = new FileReader();
  reader.onloadend = () => {
    // convert file to base64 String
    const base64String = reader.result.replace('data:', '').replace(/^.+,/, '');
    // store file
    localStorage.setItem('wallpaper', base64String);
    // display image
    document.body.style.background = `url(data:image/png;base64,${base64String})`;

Example CodePen

You could serialize the image into a Data URI. There's a tutorial in this blog post. That will produce a string you can store in local storage. Then on the next page, use the data uri as the source of the image.

"Note that you need to have image fully loaded first (otherwise ending up in having empty images), so in some cases you'd need to wrap handling into: bannerImage.addEventListener("load", function () {}); – yuga Nov 1 '17 at 13:04"

This is extremely IMPORTANT. One of the the options i'm exploring this afternoon is using javascript callback methods rather than addEventListeners since that doesn't seem to bind correctly either. Getting all the elements ready before page load WITHOUT a page refresh is critical.

If anyone can expand upon this please do - as in, did you use a settimeout, a wait, a callback, or an addEventListener method to get the desired result. Which one and why?

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