How to save an Image into the database using Stored Procedure in ASP.NET?

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In this article, we shall learn how to save an Image into the SQL Server database using Stored Procedure in ASP.NET.


ADO.NET is a mechanism to communicate with the database. It allows us to work in connected (database connection is alive while the operation is performed) as well as disconnected architecture (database connection is closed and operation can be performed on the data).

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In this article, we are going to learn how to save the Image into the database using Stored Procedure in ADO.NET.

To save the image into the database (using stored procedure), we can follow this approach. First let's see the database table structure I am using.


Here AutoId is the Identity (Auto increment column) and the FileContent column where the actual image file content will be stored is of image type.

Below is my ASPX Page content.


<h4>Save images into the database</h4>

Select file: <asp:FileUpload ID="FileUpload1" runat="server" />

<asp:Button ID="btnSubmit" runat="server" Text="Upload & Save" OnClick="UploadAndSaveIntoDatabase" />

<p><asp:Label ID="lblMessage" runat="server" EnableViewState="false"

ForeColor="Green" /></p>

In the above code snippet, we have a FileUpload control, asp:Label control and am asp:Button control. On click of the button, we are calling UploadAndSaveIntoDatabase server side method.


string _connStr =




/// <summary>

/// Uploads the and save into database.

/// </summary>

/// <param name="sender">The sender.</param>

/// <param name="e">The <see cref="System.EventArgs"/> instance containing the

event data.</param>

protected void UploadAndSaveIntoDatabase(object sender, EventArgs e)


string fileName = FileUpload1.PostedFile.FileName;

int fileLength = FileUpload1.PostedFile.ContentLength;


byte[] imageBytes = new byte[fileLength];

FileUpload1.PostedFile.InputStream.Read(imageBytes, 0, fileLength);


using (SqlConnection conn = new SqlConnection(_connStr))


using (SqlCommand cmd = new SqlCommand("InsertImage", conn))


cmd.CommandType = CommandType.StoredProcedure;


SqlParameter[] prms = new SqlParameter[3];

prms[0] = new SqlParameter("@fileName", SqlDbType.VarChar, 50);

prms[0].Value = fileName;

prms[1] = new SqlParameter("@fileContent", SqlDbType.Image);

prms[1].Value = imageBytes;

prms[2] = new SqlParameter("@active", SqlDbType.Bit);

prms[2].Value = true; // hard coded value








lblMessage.Text = fileName + " saved to the database successsfully !";



In UploadAndSaveIntoDatabase method, we have got the file name and file length into fileName and fileLength variable respectively. We have created an imageBytes variable of bytes array based on the length of the file.

Rest codes are simple ADO.NET code that fires the InsertImage stored procedure to insert the data into the database. Notice the fileContent parameter; it is of SqlDbType.Image type as the FileContent field of the database is also of Image data type.

If you do not know how to work with Stored Procedure, read this article.



-- Add the parameters for the stored procedure here

@fileName varchar(250),

@fileContent image,

@active bit



-- SET NOCOUNT ON added to prevent extra result sets from

-- interfering with SELECT statements.



-- Insert statements for procedure here

INSERT INTO Files ([FileName], FileContent, Active) VALUES (@fileName,

@fileContent, @active)


The stored procedure is pretty simple, here we have three input parameter and those are being used into the INSERT statement to insert image into the database.


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