How to retrieve binary image from database using C# in ASP.NET

I need to retrieve a binary image from the database.

My queries are as below.

SqlConnection con = new SqlConnection(@"Data Source=localhost;Initial Catalog=MyGames;Integrated Security=True");
SqlCommand cmd = new SqlCommand("Select blueBallImage from CorrespondingBall WHERE objective = Default Ball", con);

I do not know how to retrieve blueBallImage which is a binary image.

After I have retrieve it successfully, I need to add a text onto the image using a dropdownlist which contain the text. The codes are as below.

Bitmap bmp = new Bitmap(@"C:Usersapr13mpsipDocumentsVisual Studio 2012WebSitesCorrespondingBallWebSiteImagesblueBallDefault.png");

For the time being, I do not know how to retrieve the image. Therefore, I hard coded it which I do not want. I want to retrieve it from database.
Graphics gra = Graphics.FromImage(bmp);

gra.DrawString(ddlCharacter.Text, new Font("Verdana", 18), Brushes.Black, new PointF(4, 6));

MemoryStream ms1 = new MemoryStream();
bmp.Save(ms1, ImageFormat.Png);
var base64Data = Convert.ToBase64String(ms1.ToArray());
imgImage.ImageUrl = "data:image/png;base64," + base64Data;


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Method 1

Here is a basic sample to load an image from database quickly and load into a html image source in ASP. Please tell me if it works for you 😉

//Get byte array from image file in the database with basic query
SqlDataAdapter myAdapter1 = new SqlDataAdapter("Select [logo] FROM [dbo].[tblCompanyInfo]", GlobalUser.currentConnectionString);
DataTable dt = new DataTable();

foreach (DataRow row in dt.Rows)
    // Get the byte array from image file
    byte[] imgBytes = (byte[]) row["logo"];

    // If you want convert to a bitmap file
    TypeConverter tc = TypeDescriptor.GetConverter(typeof(Bitmap));
    Bitmap MyBitmap = (Bitmap)tc.ConvertFrom(imgBytes);

    string imgString = Convert.ToBase64String(imgBytes);
    //Set the source with data:image/bmp
    imgLogoCompany.Src = String.Format("data:image/Bmp;base64,{0}"", imgString);

Method 2

you need to made an ASP.NET handler (*.ASHX) that serves the bytes of the image

<img src="ImageHandler.ashx?id=<%=id%>" />

In image handler you need to code like this
public class ImageHandler : IHttpHandler
    public void ProcessRequest(HttpContext context)
        // Load the image (see previous code sample)
        byte[] data = Convert.FromBase64String(encodedString);

        // Display the image
        context.Response.OutputStream.Write(data, 0, data.Length);
        context.Response.ContentType = "image/JPEG";

please refer this for more info Image from Database

Method 3

protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
    if (!IsPostBack)

        cm = new SqlCommand("select profile_pic from TblNewMemberRegistration where    user_name='<a href="" class="__cf_email__" data-cfemail="d8abadbcb0b9b6abb0ad98b5b9b1b4bab7a0f6bbb7b5">[email protected]</a>'", cn);
        byte[] b = (byte[])cm.ExecuteScalar();
        stream.Write(b, 0, b.Length);
        Bitmap bm = new Bitmap(stream);
        Response.ContentType = "image/gif";
        bm.Save(Response.OutputStream, ImageFormat.Gif);
    catch(Exception ex) 
protected void Connect()
    cn = new SqlConnection(ConfigurationManager.ConnectionStrings["connect"].ConnectionString);


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