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Using Gridview to display Images from Database

By Satheesh babu
Posted On Feb 18, 2008
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Using Gridview to display Images from Database

In ASP.Net 1.x days, Datagrid is one of the most widely used control to display a table of data. With the introduction of ASP.Net 2.0, we have Gridview in the place of Datagrid while the Datagrid control is still supported. With Gridview, we can prevent some of the standard codes we will repeat for edit, update, delete, sort operations.

As we all know, displaying an image stored in a database in Gridview is bit complicated and not a straight forward task. I will use the power of HttpHandler to do this task easily. Before moving to the HttpHandler implementation, this article will discuss the implemention of image storage in the database.


Uploading image into BLOB Field:


Create a table with the following fields as shown in below figure.



1)      Drag a FileUpload control into a WebForm (ImageUpload.aspx in our Example), a textbox for entering image name and a button for uploading.

2)      Configure connection string in Web.Config file

3)      Copy the following code into Upload button click event.



Stream imgStream = fuImage.PostedFile.InputStream;

int imgLen = fuImage.PostedFile.ContentLength;

string imgName = txtImageName.Text;

byte[] imgBinaryData = new byte[imgLen];

int n = imgStream.Read(imgBinaryData,0,imgLen);


//use the web.config to store the connection string

SqlConnection connection = new SqlConnection(ConfigurationManager.ConnectionStrings["connectionString"].ConnectionString);

SqlCommand command = new SqlCommand("INSERT INTO Image (imagename,image) VALUES ( @img_name, @img_data)", connection);


SqlParameter param0 = new SqlParameter("@img_name", SqlDbType.VarChar, 50);

param0.Value = imgName;



SqlParameter param1 = new SqlParameter("@img_data", SqlDbType.Image);

param1.Value = imgBinaryData;




int numRowsAffected = command.ExecuteNonQuery();



Where fuImage in the above code is the ID of the FileUpload control. Next section will help us implementing the HttpHandler to retrieve the stored image from database.


Implementing HttpHandler for fetching image from Database:

Create a HttpHandler with the name "ImageHandler.ashx". Read my previous article on implementing an HttpHandler which fetches the image stored in the database by accepting imageID as query string here.
The HttpHandler can be called by,




And ImageHandler.ashx implementation is,


<%@ WebHandler Language="C#" Class="ImageHandler" %>


using System;

using System.Web;

using System.Configuration;

using System.Data.SqlClient;


public class ImageHandler : IHttpHandler {

public void ProcessRequest (HttpContext context) {

string imageid = context.Request.QueryString["ImID"];

SqlConnection connection = new SqlConnection(ConfigurationManager.ConnectionStrings["connectionString"].ConnectionString);


SqlCommand command = new SqlCommand("select Image from Image where ImageID="+imageid, connection);

SqlDataReader dr = command.ExecuteReader();






public bool IsReusable {

get {

return false;





We can use this HttpHandler to retrieve the image from database and can bind it to the Gridview. Next section will help you to do that.


Binding it to a Gridview:


1)      Drag a Gridview into the WebForm and name it as gvImages,

2)      Use the following code for binding the Gridview,


SqlConnection connection = new SqlConnection(ConfigurationManager.ConnectionStrings["connectionString"].ConnectionString);

SqlCommand command = new SqlCommand("SELECT imagename,ImageID from [Image]", connection);

SqlDataAdapter ada = new SqlDataAdapter(command);


gvImages.DataSource = dt;



Gridview HTML will be,


<asp:GridView Width="500px" ID="gvImages" runat="server" AutoGenerateColumns="False" >


<asp:BoundField HeaderText = "Image Name" DataField="imagename" />

<asp:TemplateField HeaderText="Image">


<asp:Image ID="Image1" runat="server" ImageUrl='<%# "ImageHandler.ashx?ImID="+ Eval("ImageID") %>'/>





The output will be like,

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This is simply awesome!!!!!!!!!!!
swf file
can not show swf files when show pictures in Defulat page only show jpg
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Error "stream" asked by selvi

using System.IO;

for your Stream error..
<%@ WebHandler Language="C#" Class="ImageHandler" %>
This line don't show in my Handler.ashx page when i create it.
It's my big problem.
What can i do??
Thank you
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thank for this article
good article
I am getting some error due to having the imagID as varchar(50) and not int, what need to be changed in the code to make it work with imageID as varchar?

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Just simply wonderful. Thank you thank you thank you. You are a life saver.
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how to display image
but img not display
SqlDataReader dr = command.ExecuteReader();Line 1: Incorrect syntax near '='.
Nice & Easy

Thanks a Lot.
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retrive image in gridview
i use this code in my project but it can not display the image.
my image store in database in binary formate.
tell me what i should do...???
Awesome Work Satheesh babu. You Made My Day Today?

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hi pls someone help me
how to display the files(.jpg,.txt,.doc,.pdf) in gridview from database.
When i m executing this code then there is a ERROR-

"Compiler Error Message: CS0103: The name 'fuImage' does not exist in the current context"

Please give me Solution.
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Hi i am converting all above code in but i am getting error Converting String to Double , I try to put & inplace of + in grideview code so there is no error but image is not display
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it helps me thanx
Hi Pls help in solving the beloe mentioned problem

how to display image in img control from database, when connected to server.

pls someone help me out .

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if i insert new image through aspx it loaded in database fine. when i bind the grid agin the image is not comming.first time page loading all images display proper including new image.
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RE: error
Declare dt like below,

DataTable dt = new DataTable();

the name dt does not exist in the current context
Great Article
I was trying to do it as simple as this code, thanks for your post.
Implementing HttpHandler for fetching image from Database:
this article was of great help.I was trying to do this task frm past 7 days bt i was unable to do.This artice help me alot in completing my task.thamks for this valuable article
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I need to pass 2 parameters to image handler (image id and category id) COULD YOU HELP PLEASE.....
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Hey All, If you are a VB Coder and get an error for Converting String to Double - Its the + sign in the HTML for the GridView. Change it to an & and your good to go. Great Tutorial. Thanks.
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Error "stream"
I am getting error in the following code for Upload btn

Stream imgStream = FileUpload1.PostedFile.InputStream;

Error: The type or namespace name 'Stream' coul not be found ( are you missing a using irective or an assembly reference?)

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The RbmBinaryImage control will help you display images directly from your database. You could bind the Image field directly to the ImageContent property, also you could specify whether you want the display to be as a thumbnail or not and provide the thumbnail size.

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when i try to view i got this error Conversion from string "ImageHandler.ashx?ImID=" to type 'Double' is not valid.
Re: reference dt
Thanks satheesh, figured it out, works great! :)
RE:reference dt
Thanks for pointing out Raymond. Its actually a DataTable Object.
DataTable dt = new DataTable();
reference dt
> ada.Fill(dt);
Where do you get this 'dt' from ?
(assuming it is data type...)
here is another good example :
This works fine. Thanks
Great article! how couls i add pagination feature on the datagrid. when i try i get an error The GridView 'gvImages' fired event PageIndexChanging which wasn't handled.