How to display image stored on the network in (c#)

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How to display image stored on the network in (using c#). I want img src to be the one given below:

\\pgapp\folder\image.jpg, where pgapp is the shared drive on the network.

I am using these codes but its not displaying the image on the webpage.




<div ID="imgContainer" runat="server" style="width: 400px; height: 400px;  overflow:auto; border: solid 1px black;
                    padding: 10px; margin-bottom: 5px;" >

                    &nbsp;<asp:Image ID="originalImage2" runat="server" />
2012-04-04 01:55
by A.J
Where is the image src pointing to when you do a debug - Dennis Rongo 2012-04-04 02:00
Webforms or MVC - om471987 2012-04-04 02:36


You will hit 2 problems:

  • Browsers normally can't access server shares (unless it is on the same network). You need to expose image through your site somehow so it visible like http://myserver/image/image1.jpg
  • "NTLM one hop" - your server will not be able to read files from remote server if you start rendering image through your server. You just need to verify if you have the problem and read about it.
2012-04-04 01:58
by Alexei Levenkov


To display images stored on a network in a users web browser do something like the following:

Convert the image to it's base64 counterpart and display:

// PhotoId is the network file path and name.
string photoId = "\\Photos\2015-May\390828d1-8f20-4fe9-9287-13d03894e9c0.jpg"

// Call to display the networked images.
lbl_images.Text += "<img src='" + this.PhotoBase64ImgSrc(photoId) + "' height='60px' width='60px' alt='photo' />";

// Supporting function that converts an image to base64.
protected string PhotoBase64ImgSrc(string fileNameandPath)
    byte[] byteArray = File.ReadAllBytes(fileNameandPath);
    string base64 = Convert.ToBase64String(byteArray);

    return string.Format("data:image/gif;base64,{0}", base64);
2015-05-26 11:25
by Paul Zahra
How would you display the image in WebForms - sojim2 2016-04-23 00:52
This doesn't work because modern browsers don't allow access to files outside the cache of the website for security reasons. So if it's C:\outsidecache\file.jpg it wouldn't work. I tried both \\sharedfolder\file.jpg and file://sharedfolder/file.jpg and it just won't work - sojim2 2016-04-25 16:48
@sojim2 I deleted my comment because it was wrong... I was talking about windowsforms not webforms... I use this in a webforms application... you must run the app pool in IIS under an account which has access to the networked location... the app pool can then read the image file, convert it to base64 and send it to the browser as a string.... then use it like Paul Zahra 2016-04-26 07:59
I found an easier method, virtual directories - sojim2 2016-04-26 17:04
Then you don't mind your images being available to the public? Why not just put them in a folder of the website itself? (If only one website is to access the images) - Paul Zahra 2016-04-27 07:55
the apps are on load balanced servers and the images are managed by another app.. we rather not distribute the images to more locations.. this is for an intranet of a compan - sojim2 2016-04-27 15:07