How to display binary images into a gridview in ASP.NET using C#?

I want to display binary images into a gridview named ‘gvExistedCharacter’. I did research about it and many of them suggested to use a handler. However, I have no idea how can I do about it.

FYI: The datatype of the image in the database is image and named ‘blueBallImage’. I also want to display its level which is int in the same gridview.

I have tried

    SqlConnection con = new SqlConnection(@"Data Source=localhost;Initial Catalog=MyCloudGames;Integrated Security=True");

    SqlCommand cmd = new SqlCommand("Select blueBallImage FROM CorrespondingBall", con);
    cmd.CommandType = System.Data.CommandType.Text;
    cmd.Connection = con;

    SqlParameter ImageID = new SqlParameter("@characterID", System.Data.SqlDbType.Int);
    ImageID.Value = context.Request.QueryString["characterID"];
    SqlDataReader dReader = cmd.ExecuteReader();

I received an error “The parameterized query ‘(@characterID int)Select blueBallImage FROM CorrespondingBall’ expects the parameter ‘@characterID’, which was not supplied.”


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Method 1

You can use handler to display image in gridview , your html markup look like inside

Gridview ItemTemplate set image control src as src=~/ShowImage.ashx?id=" + id

where ShowImage.ashx is your handler which return MemoryStream((byte[])img);

In your case your querystring is characterID

so your image src would be src=~/ShowImage.ashx?id=" + characterID

Updated Answer:

Html Markup:

<asp:GridView ID="GridView1" runat="server" AutoGenerateColumns="false">
        <asp:TemplateField HeaderText="CharacterID">
                <asp:Label ID="lblid" runat="server" Text='<%# Bind("characterID") %>'></asp:Label>
        <asp:TemplateField HeaderText="GameLevel">
                <asp:Label ID="lblglevel" runat="server" Text='<%# Bind("gameLevel") %>'></asp:Label>
        <asp:TemplateField HeaderText="Image">
                <asp:Image ID="Image1" runat="server" ImageUrl='<%#"ShowImage.ashx?getID="+Eval("characterID") %>' />

Code behind:
protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
    DataTable dt = getData();
    GridView1.DataSource = dt;

public  DataTable getData() 
  SqlDataAdapter dap = new SqlDataAdapter("select characterID,blueBallImage,gameLevel from CorrespondingBall", cn);
  DataSet ds = new DataSet();
  return ds.Tables[0];

Generic handler: Add new generic handler here showIamges.ashx is my generic handler
public void ProcessRequest(HttpContext context)
    Int32 my_Id;
    if (context.Request.QueryString["getID"] != null)
       my_Id = Convert.ToInt32(context.Request.QueryString["getID"]);
       context.Response.ContentType = "image/jpeg";
       Stream strm = ShowEmpImage(my_Id);
       byte[] buffer = new byte[4096];
       int byteSeq = strm.Read(buffer, 0, 4096);
       while (byteSeq > 0)
           context.Response.OutputStream.Write(buffer, 0, byteSeq);
           byteSeq = strm.Read(buffer, 0, 4096);

public Stream ShowEmpImage(int my_Id)
   string conn = ConfigurationManager.ConnectionStrings["constr"].ConnectionString;
   SqlConnection connection = new SqlConnection(conn);
   string sql = "select blueBallImage from CorrespondingBall WHERE characterID = @ID";
   SqlCommand cmd = new SqlCommand(sql, connection);
   cmd.CommandType = CommandType.Text;
   cmd.Parameters.AddWithValue("@ID", my_Id);
   object img = cmd.ExecuteScalar();
   return new MemoryStream((byte[])img);

Method 2

You want to add @characterID parameter to your sql command but your command doesn’t have a parameter called @characterID.

Remove your parameter process in your code or add @characterID in your sql command which try to match.

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