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Solving "Image Not Found" Problem In GridView

With GridView control you have an option to show images by using ImageField column type or TemplateField. By using images your web application could look richer and more professional.

 

One of the common implementations of GridView with few text columns and images in one column is with code like this:

<asp:GridView ID="GridView1" runat="server" AutoGenerateColumns="False">
 <Columns>      
  <asp:BoundField DataField="PositionID" />
 
  <asp:TemplateField>
   <ItemTemplate>
    <a href='<%# Eval("URL") %>'><h2><%# Eval("CompanyName") %></h2></a><br />
    <%# Eval("CompanyDesription") %>
   </ItemTemplate>
  </asp:TemplateField>
 
  <asp:TemplateField>
   <ItemTemplate>
    <a href='<%# Eval("URL") %>'>
    <asp:Image BorderStyle="None" ID="imgLogo" runat="server"
    ImageUrl='~/Images/<%# Eval("ImageFileName") %>' />
</a>
   </ItemTemplate>
  </asp:TemplateField>
 
 </Columns>
</asp:GridView>

 

But, there is a common problem, what if image file not exists because of some reason? What would happen then?

Well, in that case your web application will not be richer and certainly not look professional. If some image in GridView not exists, ugly red X will be shown, for code snippet above it could produce output like this:

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Case 1: Very useful list, but a little ugly with image not found in 4. row

This is not nice and will not improve your reputation. Fortunately, solution is not complex, you need to create one default image or just white 1x1 pixel image if it is better for your case, and show default image if real image not found. Since case above is about favorite ASP.NET hosting providers, I will place coherent default image like this:


My default image

To show default image only when image from data source is not found you need to use RowDataBound event of GridView control, with code like this:

[ C# ]

// We need these namespaces
using System.Web.UI.WebControls;
using System.IO;
 
 
...
 
/// <summary>
/// Check if current image exists and correct ImageUrl
/// property if image not found
/// </summary>
/// <param name="sender"></param>
/// <param name="e"></param>
protected void GridView1_RowDataBound(object sender, GridViewRowEventArgs e)
{
  if (e.Row.RowType == DataControlRowType.DataRow)
  {
    Image CurrentImage = (Image)e.Row.FindControl("imgLogo");
    if (!File.Exists(Server.MapPath(CurrentImage.ImageUrl)))
    {
     // if image not exists, use default image
     CurrentImage.ImageUrl = "~/Images/DefaultImage.gif";
    }
  }
}

[ VB.NET ]

' We need this namespaces
Imports System.Web.UI.WebControls
Imports System.IO
 
 
...
 
''' <summary>
''' Check if current image exists and correct ImageUrl
''' property if image not found
''' </summary>
''' <param name="sender"></param>
''' <param name="e"></param>
''' <remarks></remarks>
Protected Sub GridView1_RowDataBound(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.Web.UI.WebControls.GridViewRowEventArgs) Handles GridView1.RowDataBound
  If e.Row.RowType = DataControlRowType.DataRow Then
     Dim CurrentImage As Image = e.Row.FindControl("imgLogo")
     If Not File.Exists(Server.MapPath(CurrentImage.ImageUrl)) Then
       ' if image not exists, use default image
       CurrentImage.ImageUrl = "~/Images/DefaultImage.gif"
     End If
  End If
End Sub

 

Now, when we run the code, output will be more user friendly. If some image is missing, default image will be displayed in GridView:

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I hope this tutorial was useful for you,
Happy Programming!


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