Uploading a file to the web server using ASP.NET 2.0

For anyone who has ever had to do this before, knows it has always been a pain. In ASP.NET, it is about as easy as it gets. Here is a quick overview of what you need to do.


Create a new page, say UploadFile.aspx. Edit the HTML for that page, change the <form> tag to look like this:


<form id="Form1" method="post" runat="server"



Note, you just need to add the encType. That tells the server, that when you submit this form, it’s going to be a multi-part MIME document.


Then add that special HTML item for selecting the file to download:


<input id="fileUpload" type="file" name="fileUpload" runat="server">


Then a submit button:


<asp:Button id="Button1" runat="server" Text="Upload File"></asp:Button>


Then go to the event for that button click and add this code:


if ( fileUpload.PostedFile.ContentLength > 0 )




            string strFileName;

            HttpPostedFile postedfile = Request.Files[0];

            strFileName = postedfile.FileName;

            strFileName = strFileName.Substring(strFileName.LastIndexOf("")+1);

            strFileName = Server.UrlDecode(strFileName);

            fileDoc.PostedFile.SaveAs(Server.MapPath("./upload/") + strFileName);

            this.lblMsg.Text = "File copied to server successfully! " + FormatBytes(fileDoc.PostedFile.ContentLength);

            this.lblMsg.ForeColor = Color.Green;


      catch (Exception ee)


            this.lblMsg.Text = "Error copying file: " + ee.Message;

            this.lblMsg.ForeColor = Color.Red;




I also use this little function a lot to format bytes in KB, MB, etc..


private string FormatBytes(long bytes)


      string strOutput = "";


      if ( bytes > 0 ) strOutput = string.Format("{0} bytes",bytes);

      if ( bytes > 1000 ) strOutput = string.Format("{0:N1} KB",bytes / 1024);

      if ( bytes > 1000000 ) strOutput = string.Format("{0:N1} MB",bytes / 1024 / 1024);

      if ( bytes > 1000000000 ) strOutput = string.Format("{0:N2} GB",bytes / 1024 / 1024 / 1024);


      return strOutput;



That’s about all there is to it – VERY simple compared to how it used to be!! Enjoy.

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