Is FileReader available when using Lightning Out or LWC on a VF page? Official Salesforce documentation says that Lightning-File-Upload cannot be used in Standalone and Lightning Out Apps, but I haven't seen anything that says FileReader cannot be used.

I have a Lightning Web Component on a VF page, and when I try to use the FileReader Object, nothing happens when I try to read the file. I don't get an error, no console messages are logged, but I can continue on with whatever I'm doing.

When I place this same Lightning Web Component on a page without it being on a Visualforce page, I have no issues. I get error messages and everything.

If it's not possible to do use FileReader, is there any alternative to FileReader and the Lightning-File-Upload component that I might be able to leverage?

EDIT with code

<apex:page id="Page" tabstyle="PBO__c" standardController="PBO__c" extensions="PBOController">
    <apex:includeLightning />

    <div id="lightning"/>
        var recordId = '{!PBO__c.Opportunity__c}';
        $Lightning.use("c:PBOApp", function() {
            $Lightning.createComponent("c:lwcPBOLookup", {recordId: recordId}, "lightning", function(cmp){
                console.log("lwc was created");

Aura App

<aura:application access="GLOBAL" extends="ltng:outApp"> 
    <aura:dependency resource="c:lwcPBOLookup"/>

LWC Html

<lightning-input label="" 


    if(event.target.files.length > 0) {
        this.uploadedFile = event.target.files;
        this.fileName = event.target.files[0].name;

    console.log("Before everything");
    if(this.uploadedFile.size > this.MAX_FILE_SIZE){
        console.log("File size too large");
    console.log("Before fileReader");
    this.fileReader= new FileReader();
    this.fileReader.onloadend = (() => {
        this.fileContents = this.fileReader.result;
        let base64 = 'base64,';
        this.content = this.fileContents.indexOf(base64) + base64.length;
        this.fileContents = this.fileContents.substring(this.content);
        console.log("Save To File");
        // call the uploadProcess method 


saveToFile() {
    console.log("In save to file");
    saveFile({ idParent: this.recordId, strFileName: this.file.name, base64Data: encodeURIComponent(this.fileContents)})
    .then(result => {
        console.log('result ====> ' +result);
        // refreshing the datatable

        this.fileName = this.fileName + ' - Uploaded Successfully';
        this.UploadFile = 'File Uploaded Successfully';
        this.isTrue = true;
        this.showLoadingSpinner = false;

        // Showing Success message after file insert
            new ShowToastEvent({
                title: 'Success!!',
                message: this.file.name + ' - Uploaded Successfully!!!',
                variant: 'success',

    .catch(error => {
        // Showing errors if any while inserting the files
            new ShowToastEvent({
                title: 'Error while uploading File',
                message: error.message,
                variant: 'error',

Apex Method

public static ContentVersion saveFile(Id idParent, String strFileName, String base64Data) {
    // Decoding base64Data
    base64Data = EncodingUtil.urlDecode(base64Data, 'UTF-8');

    // inserting file
    ContentVersion cv = new ContentVersion();
    cv.Title = strFileName;
    cv.PathOnClient = '/' + strFileName;
    cv.FirstPublishLocationId = idParent;
    cv.VersionData = EncodingUtil.base64Decode(base64Data);
    //cv.IsMajorVersion = true;
    Insert cv;
    return cv;

The last log i get in Console is just the FileReader before


1 Answer 1


Yes, FileReader is supported. Here's a simple Playground example. You can see the available APIs in the Locker API Viewer.

  • I'm not sure if I'm using the wrong term, but does this work for Lightning Out as well? I can get it to work on its own on a record page. But if i place it on a Visualforce(is this Lightning Out?) page with an aura dependency, it suddenly doesn't work. Thanks for the quick answer as well! Commented Jan 8, 2020 at 20:37
  • @Exterasmors It should? Could you include some sample code in your question?
    – sfdcfox
    Commented Jan 8, 2020 at 20:47
  • I've added sample code Commented Jan 8, 2020 at 21:17
  • You are right, it should work. I did a little more digging and out here developer.salesforce.com/docs/atlas.en-us.lightning.meta/… that it works for Lightning out. I'll look into this more, I'm probably just doing something incorrectly within my javascript. Thanks! Commented Jan 9, 2020 at 16:10

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