Ajax AsyncFileUpload control example in asp.net to upload only images

Ajax introduced two new controls AsyncFileUpload and SeaDragon, in this article we will see about Asynchronous file upload control, with its different properties and usage.

  1. AsyncFileUpload: by using this control we can upload a file asynchronously (without postback). The file uploading results can be checked both in the server and client sides.

  2. SeaDrago: The Seadragon control can be used for viewing Deep Zoom images. Use your mouse to pan and zoom around the image.

One thing we need to note that this control can work with only .Net 3.5 or greater.

Let's see it's properties:

  • CompleteBackColor: can be use to set the color of control after completing the file upload, default value :Lime.
  • ContentType : can be use to know the MIME type of file uploaded by user, say we want to allow only image then by checking MIME type we can reject upload.
  • ThrobberID : Control Id which will be shown while uploading the file, we can say the progress control.
  • ErrorBackColor : Set control back ground color if error occurred.
  • OnClientUploadComplete: set a JavaScript function which will be executed after successfully uploading the file.
  • OnClientUploadError : set a JavaScript function which you want to execute if there is any error
  • OnClientUploadStarted : set a JavaScript function which you want to execute once file upload start.
  • UploadingBackColor : set color of control while uploading is in progress

Methods : Only one method "SaveAs" to save the file


  1. UploadedComplete this is the event where we will write our code to save the file
  2. UploadedFileError : this is the event where we can write some code to handle the error ans show message to user that file is not uploaded due to xyz reason.

It's enough to understand the control, events, methods and properties. Now let's see control in action

Here is the code which will only upload images of type jpg, gif and png

HTML and JavaScript:

<asp:scriptmanager ID="scriptmanager1" runat="server" />
    OnUploadedComplete="AsyncFileUpload1_UploadedComplete" />
   <asp:Image ID="imgWait" runat="server" ImageUrl="/images/process.gif" />

<div style="color:Green">
   <asp:Label ID="lblMessage" runat="server" Text="" EnableViewState="false" />
<script type="text/javascript">
    var msg = document.getElementById('<%=lblMessage.ClientID %>');
    function UploadCompleted() {
      msg.innerHTML = "Successfully uploaded!!!";

    function UploadError() {
      msg.innerHTML = "Failed to upload your file!";

And Here is the code behind:

protected void AsyncFileUpload1_UploadedFileError(object sender, 
                       AsyncFileUploadEventArgs e)
    lblMessage.Text = "Could not upload file!";

protected void AsyncFileUpload1_UploadedComplete(object sender, 
                       AsyncFileUploadEventArgs e)
  string contentType = AsyncFileUpload1.ContentType;
  if (contentType == "image/jpeg" || contentType == "image/gif" 
              || contentType == "image/png")
    string filename = System.IO.Path.GetFileName(AsyncFileUpload1.FileName);
    AsyncFileUpload1.SaveAs(Server.MapPath("UploadedFiles/") + filename);
    lblMessage.Text = "We support only images of type jpg, gif and png";
Ali Adravi Having 13+ years of experience in Microsoft Technologies (C#, ASP.Net, MVC and SQL Server). Worked with Metaoption LLC, for more than 9 years and still with the same company. Always ready to learn new technologies and tricks.
  • ajax
  • asp.net
By Ali Adravi On 20 May, 13  Viewed: 6,031

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