I am working on a small WordPress widget and I am trying to set it up where the user can upload an image. So far, the necessary scripts are loading but when I click the "Media Library Image" button the image uploader doesn't pop up.

Here is my javascript file:

jQuery(document).ready(function($) {

var formfield = null;

$('#upload_image_button').click(function() {
    formfield = $('#wp-ss-image').attr('name');
    tb_show('', 'media-upload.php?type=image&TB_iframe=true');
    return false;

// user inserts file into post. only run custom if user started process using the above process
// window.send_to_editor(html) is how wp would normally handle the received data

window.original_send_to_editor = window.send_to_editor;
window.send_to_editor = function(html){
    var fileurl;

    if (formfield != null) {
        fileurl = $('img',html).attr('src');



        formfield = null;
    } else {


Here is are my functions to call the scripts:

add_action('admin_print_scripts-widgets.php', 'wp_ss_image_admin_scripts');

function wp_ss_image_admin_scripts() {
    wp_enqueue_script( 'wp-ss-image-upload', plugins_url( '/WP-Simple-Social/wp-simple-social-image.js' ), array( 'jquery','media-upload','thickbox' ) );

add_action('admin_print_styles-widgets.php', 'wp_ss_admin_styles');

function wp_ss_admin_styles() {
    wp_enqueue_style( 'thickbox' );

And here is the html to display the input box and image upload button:

<p>Upload Photo: <input id="wp-ss-image" class="widefat" type="text" size="75" name="<?php echo $this->get_field_name( 'image' ); ?>" value="<?php echo esc_url( $image ); ?>" />
        <input id="upload_image_button" type="button" value="Media Library Image" class="button-secondary" />

Since all of the necessary files/scripts are loading, could this be a jQuery problem?

If there is any other additional info that would help out please let me know. Thanks for the help.

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I also noticed a typo in the url media-upload.php?type=image&amp&TB_iframe=1. Maybe this is the problem.

Also a working example:

jQuery( 'input[id^=my_field]' ).live( 'click', function($) {

     formfield = $( 'input[id^=my_image]', $(this).closest('.widget') ).attr( 'name' );
     tb_show( '', 'media-upload.php?type=image&amp;TB_iframe=1' );

     return false;
} );

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