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Display Images from Database in ASP

, 30 May 2004
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This article describes how to display images which are stored in database in either SQL Server or MS Access.


This article describes how to display images which are stored in a database. You can use <IMG> tag to display images stored in the database by calling another ASP page in SRC attribute of <IMG> tag.

For example:

<IMG SRC="ShowPicture.asp?PhotoId=1">

where PhotoId is the ID stored in the database.

Using the code

Following are the steps which needs to be executed:

  1. Create table Users in MS-Access or SQL server.
  2. Create ShowPicture.asp page.
  3. Call this page using <IMG> tag wherever required.

Create table with the following structure:

Table name: Users

  • user_id (AutoNumber)
  • user_name (Text)
  • user_photo (Ole Object - For MS-Access, and Image data type for SQL server).


ShowPicture.asp is used to display images. You need to pass user ID in querystring, and for that user ID, image will be displayed. Following is the code:

 'Declare Variables..
    Dim sql
    Dim rs
    Dim conn
    Dim userID,str
   userID = Request("PhotoId")
   If userID = "" Then userID = 0
   'Instantiate Objects
   Set conn = Server.CreateObject("ADODB.Connection")
   Set rs = Server.CreateObject("ADODB.Recordset")
   'Open connection
   Conn.Open "Provider=Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0;" & _ 
             "Data Source=" & Server.MapPath("data.mdb")
   'Get the specific image based on the ID passed in a querystring
    str = "SELECT user_photo FROM users where user_id =" & userID
    rs.Open str, conn,3,3
    if rs.eof then 'No records found
    else 'Display the contents
        Response.ContentType = "image/gif" 
    end if
   'destroy the variables.
   set rs = Nothing
   set conn = Nothing

Please note that "Response.contentType" will depend on the type of content you would like to display. For example, to display jpg image, following will be the code:

     Response.ContentType = "image/jpg"

To use above page for displaying images, following is the example:

     <IMG SRC="ShowPicture.asp?PhotoId=1">
     <IMG SRC="ShowPicture.asp?PhotoId=2">

Upload Image

Following example shows how to upload images in database by using ASPSmartUpload component. More information about this component can be found here.

Following is the code to upload image:

<FORM METHOD="POST" ACTION="saveFile.asp" 
        ENCTYPE="multipart/form-data" NAME="UploadForm">
   Employee Name : <INPUT TYPE="TEXT" NAME="USERNAME" SIZE="30"><br>
   <center><INPUT TYPE="SUBMIT" VALUE="Upload" 
             id=SUBMIT1 name=SUBMIT1></center>

Code to save the image in the database:

Dim myupload
   'declare variables..
    ' Create Upload Component
    Set myupload = Server.CreateObject("aspSmartUpload.SmartUpload")

    'Create Connection
    Set Conn = Server.CreateObject("ADODB.Connection")
    Conn.Open "Provider=Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0;" & _ 
              "Data Source=" & Server.MapPath("data.mdb")
    Set Rs = Server.CreateObject("ADODB.recordset")
    Rs.Open "SELECT user_id,user_name,user_photo FROM users", Conn,3,3

    'Select each file
    For each file In myupload.Files
        If not file.IsMissing Then 'Check for missing file
            'Add the current file in database
            file.FileToField Rs.Fields("user_photo")
            Rs("user_name") = myupload.Form("USERNAME")
            intCount = intCount + 1
        End If
    Response.Write(intCount & " file(s) uploaded.")
    'Destroy the objects...


It is always better to store images in the file system rather than storing in the database. Only image path can be stored in the database. However, storing images in the database depends on requirements and needs.


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Om Prakash Pant
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Comments and Discussions

GeneralMy vote of 4 Pinmembermanoj kumar choubey21-Jan-12 7:06 
Question"Error" Invalid class string [modified] Pinmemberwahed210211-Jun-11 15:53 
GeneralI want to do this but with ASP reading from an MS Access 2007 Attachment field. PinmemberScottsr5-Apr-11 15:20 
GeneralMy vote of 5 PinmemberMember 204452912-Feb-11 1:40 
GeneralMy vote of 4 Pinmembercodemoreforless8-Aug-10 11:50 
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GeneralAccess 2007/SQL Express 2005 and viewing images from ASP PinmemberJstncase16-Apr-08 10:10 
GeneralRe: Access 2007/SQL Express 2005 and viewing images from ASP PinmemberScottsr5-Apr-11 15:25 
GeneralThanks PinmemberCuchuk Sergey10-Feb-08 22:54 
GeneralHi Can you suggest how to Upload Images in ASP.NET Pinmemberkodalis29-May-07 6:59 
GeneralRe: Hi Can you suggest how to Upload Images in ASP.NET PinmemberBilal Haider Asi1-Aug-07 5:22 
AnswerRe: Hi Can you suggest how to Upload Images in ASP.NET Pinmembertfzwgd1-Dec-09 17:44 
QuestionNo duplicate files Pinmemberdlbdennis10-May-07 18:49 
Questionhow to put flash pgms PinmemberShyju.K18-Feb-07 20:42 
General.jpg images from access database displayed as garble PinmemberMember #38120469-Feb-07 4:18 
GeneralDisplay all images Pinmemberbrtakaram14-Dec-06 1:24 
GeneralRe: Display all images Pinmemberbrtakaram19-Dec-06 7:48 
GeneralDisplay image along with text Pinmembertonyg2smith18-Oct-06 7:02 
GeneralRe: Display image along with text Pinmemberrameshkumarp20-Feb-07 4:15 
AnswerRe: Display image along with text Pinmembertonyg2smith23-Feb-07 4:42 
QuestionUnable to Upload Image with aspSmartUpload component [modified] Pinmemberasprajesh16-Oct-06 1:13 
Questionsmartupload component ? Pinmembercoolraazi11-Oct-06 1:04 

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