Hayden Passmore Hayden Passmore - 26 days ago 8
C# Question

Uploading file to azure blob storage then sending http response with the files base64 string doesn't work

I am trying to achieve the following using azures blob storage.

  1. Upload a file to azure blob storage.

  2. Then send a http response containing a base64 string of the file.

The strange part is that I can get only one to work as it causes the other to stop working depending on the order of my code.

HttpPostedFile image = Request.Files["froalaImage"];
if (image != null)
string fileName = RandomString() + System.IO.Path.GetExtension(image.FileName);
string companyID = Request.Form["companyID"].ToLower();

// Retrieve storage account from connection string.
CloudStorageAccount storageAccount = CloudStorageAccount.Parse(

// Create the blob client.
CloudBlobClient blobClient = storageAccount.CreateCloudBlobClient();

// Retrieve reference to a previously created container.
CloudBlobContainer container = blobClient.GetContainerReference(companyID);

// Create the container if it doesn't already exist.

// Retrieve reference to a blob named "filename".
CloudBlockBlob blockBlob = container.GetBlockBlobReference(fileName);

// Create or overwrite the blob with contents from a local file.
using (image.InputStream)
byte[] fileData = null;
using (var binaryReader = new BinaryReader(image.InputStream))
fileData = binaryReader.ReadBytes(image.ContentLength);
string base64ImageRepresentation = Convert.ToBase64String(fileData);

// Clear and send the response back to the browser.
string json = "";
Hashtable resp = new Hashtable();
resp.Add("link", "data:image/" + System.IO.Path.GetExtension(image.FileName).Replace(@".", "") + ";base64," + base64ImageRepresentation);
resp.Add("imgID", "BLOB/" + fileName);
json = JsonConvert.SerializeObject(resp);
Response.ContentType = "application/json; charset=utf-8";

The above code will upload the file to azure's blob storage however the base64 string will be empty.

But if I put the line
below the line
string base64ImageRepresentation = Convert.ToBase64String(fileData);

I will get the base64 string no problem however the file is not uploaded correctly to azure's blob storage.

Answer Source

Maybe you need to reset your stream position after the first usage?

image.InputStream.Seek(0, SeekOrigin.Begin);