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How do I able to download excel file by calling from ajax call to asp.net webform (web method) 
without creating file in server?

I have done this in asp.mvc by saving epplus excel package to memory stream 
which then saved into Tempdata.
on Success call I retrieved the data memory stream from temp data and write it out.


I do not know how do i achieve something like this in web method?

Currently I am doing this by creating a excel file in server  
and then retrieved the file and write the file out.


What I have tried:

Below is my code. 


[WebMethod]
public static string DownloadExcelReport(List<MyReport> reports, string fileName)
{
    ValidationMessage vm = new ValidationMessage();
    string urlToInvoke;

    try
    {
            try
            {
                ListtoDataTableConverter converter = new ListtoDataTableConverter();
                DataTable dt = converter.ToDataTable(reports);

                string xlfileName = fileName + "_"  + DateTime.Now.ToString("yyyyMMddHHmmssfff") + ".xlsx";
                string filePath = fileLocation + xlfileName;

                using (ExcelPackage xlPackage = new ExcelPackage(new FileInfo(filePath)))
                {
                    ExcelWorksheet ws = xlPackage.Workbook.Worksheets.Add("AdhocStaffReport");
                    ws.Cells("A1").LoadFromDataTable(dt, true);
                  
                    xlPackage.Save();
                }

                urlToInvoke = Convert.ToString("~/ExcelDownLoadForm.aspx?fn=") + xlfileName;
            }
            catch (Exception ex)
            {
                vm.stat = 2;
                vm.message = "Internal Server Error";
                throw;
            }

            return JsonConvert.SerializeObject(new
            {
                Success = true,
                redirectUrl = VirtualPathUtility.ToAbsolute(urlToInvoke)
            });
        
    }
    catch (Exception ex)
    {
        //log ex
        return JsonConvert.SerializeObject(vm);
    }
}

//IN ExcelDownLoadForm.Aspx.cs

protected void Page_Load(object sender, System.EventArgs e)
{
    
            try
            {
                string fileName = Request.QueryString("fn");
                string filePath = ConfigurationManager.AppSettings("ExcelFilePath") + fileName;
                Response.ContentType = ContentType;
                Response.AppendHeader("content-disposition", "attachment; filename=" + Path.GetFileName(filePath));
                Response.TransmitFile(filePath);
                Response.Flush();
               
                if (File.Exists(filePath))
                    File.Delete(filePath);

                Response.End();
            }
            catch (Exception ex)
            {
                if (ex.Message == "Thread was being aborted.")
                    string eatException = ex.Message;    // this Exception is due to Response.End() method
                else
                {
                    throw;
                }
            }
    
}
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j snooze 26-Feb-19 17:12pm
   
asp.net code is run on the web server. If you want everything on the client either make a client app, or figure out how to create an excel file using all javascript. Web pages are meant to talk back and forth between server and client.
That is if I read your request correctly.
istudent 26-Feb-19 23:59pm
   
Question is not about creating excel file. Question is about how to able to do ajax call to a method on server and on success able to download the file.
istudent 27-Feb-19 0:01am
   
I have also mentioned how I have achieved same in mvc framework but I am clueless to do so in web form. I have done by creating a file in server but I want to create in memory stream instead of creating file.
j snooze 27-Feb-19 17:02pm
   
Sorry, my misunderstanding.
Maybe this link will help you out. Looks like it might be as simple as putting the [WebMethod] attribute on the server page method you want to call.

https://stackoverflow.com/questions/5331986/how-to-use-ajax-with-asp-net-webforms
istudent 1-Mar-19 15:22pm
   
If you go through the code, I am calling PageMethod(WebMethod). That's not the my question was. But Thank you.

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