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How To Read a File from Web in ASP.NET

, 8 May 2012 CPOL
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Reading a file from web in ASP.NET


I wanted to read an HTML file to send as e-mail body in web... but I could not use FileInfo (I got an exception about URI format).

So... to do it, I use the below code to read content of file.

Using the Code

You should use System.Net and System.Text namespaces:

private string Readfile(string WebFilePath)
    string body = string.Empty;
        System.Net.WebClient wc = new System.Net.WebClient();
        byte[] raw = wc.DownloadData(WebFilePath);
        body = System.Text.Encoding.UTF8.GetString(raw);
        return body;
    catch (Exception ex)
        return null;

Points of Interest

The WebFilePath is the full path of file (and Accessible) in web... like

This method is useful for low-capacity files.

Goodluck !


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MB Seifollahi
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Iran (Islamic Republic Of) Iran (Islamic Republic Of)
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