How to customize input type=”file” using CSS?

By Aryan Maurya / November 17, 2020

A tutorial on how to style and customize <input type=”file”> in a very semantic, accessible way using the element with CSS only. No need to add a single line jquery code. There are quite few examples for “customizing” the <input type=”file” /> element.


<input type="file" id="file" />
<label for="file" class="btn">choose a file</label>
<input type="file" id="file" />
<label for="file" class="btn-1">upload file</label>
<input type="file" id="file" />
<label for="file" class="btn-2">upload file</label>
<input type="file" id="file" />
<label for="file" class="btn-3">select file</label>

CSS Code

[type="file"] {
  height: 0;
  overflow: hidden;
  width: 0;

label {
  font-family: "lato", sans-serif;
  border: none;
  text-transform: uppercase;
  font-size: 14px;
  font-weight: bold;
  letter-spacing: 2px;
  border-radius: 5px;
  color: #fff;
  cursor: pointer;
  display: inline-block;
  margin-bottom: 15px;
  outline: none;
  padding: 15px 50px;
  position: relative;
  transition: all 0.3s;

  background: #f7347a;

    background: #800080;

.btn-1 {
  background: #ffd700;
  box-shadow: 0 6px #ffa500;

.btn-1:hover {
  box-shadow: 0 0 #ffa500;

.btn-2 {
  background: #800080;
  border-radius: 100px;

.btn-2:hover {
  background: #ff80ed;

.btn-3 {
  background: #008000;
  border-radius: 0px;

.btn-3:hover {
  background: #065535;


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