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Part 47 - Displaying images in mvc

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Part 44 - Display and edit templated helpers
Part 45 - Customize display and edit templates
Part 46 - Accessing model metada from custom templated helpers

In this video, we will discuss displaying images in MVC application. In Part 48, we will create a custom html helper to display images. We will be using the example, that we worked with in Part 46. We want to display Employee photo, along with the personal details as you can see in the image below.
Displaying images in mvc

Alter table tblEmployee to add Photo, and AlternateText columns.
Alter table tblEmployee Add Photo nvarchar(100), AlternateText nvarchar(100)

Update Photo and AlternateText columns
Update tblEmployee set Photo='~/Photos/JohnSmith.png'
AlternateText = 'John Smith Photo' where Id = 1

Right click on the solution explorer and add "Photos" folder. Download the following image and paste in "Photos" folder.

Now, in MVCDemo project, update SampleDataModel.edmx.
1. Right click on "Employee" table and select "Update Model from database" option
2. On "Update Wizard" window, click on "Refresh" tab
3. Expand tables node, and select "tblEmployee" table
4. Finally click "Finish"

At this point, "Photo" and "AlternateText" properties must be added to the auto-generated "Employee" class. 

Generate Details view
1. Delete "Details.cshtml" view, if it already exists. 
2. Right click on "Details" action method and select "Add View"
3. In "Add View" window, set
View Name = Details
View engine = Razor
Create a strongly typed view = Select the checkbox
Model class = Employee(MVCDemo.Models)
Scaffold template = Details

Notice that for Photo and AlternateText properties, the following HTML is generated. At this point, if you run the application, instead of rendering the photo, the PhotoPath and AlternateText property values are displayed.
<div class="display-label">
        @Html.DisplayNameFor(model => model.Photo)
<div class="display-field">
    @Html.DisplayFor(model => model.Photo)

<div class="display-label">
        @Html.DisplayNameFor(model => model.AlternateText)
<div class="display-field">
    @Html.DisplayFor(model => model.AlternateText)

Replace the above code with the following. Notice that, we are using Url.Content() html helper method. This method resolves a url for a resource when we pass it the relative path.
<div class="display-label">
    @Html.DisplayNameFor(model => model.Photo)
<div class="display-field">
    <img src="@Url.Content(@Model.Photo)" alt="@Model.AlternateText" />

Run the application, and notice that, the image is rendered as expected. In our next video, we will discuss creating a custom html image helper.


  1. Hi your videos are very nice! could you show how to insert photo ,name phone in database like registration form.


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