Douglas Timms Douglas Timms - 2 months ago 24
AngularJS Question

Retrieve image from database using Web API, then displaying it in angularJS

Seems like a straightforward issue, but how can you retrieve an image stored in a database, using Web API, then display it using Angular?

Here is an example Web API service which is correctly returning a JPG file (using


public HttpResponseMessage GetIncidentImages(Guid IncidentIDX) {
var response = new HttpResponseMessage();

List<T_EM_INCIDENT_ATTACH> att = db_Layer.GetT_EM_INCIDENT_ATTACH_byIncidentIDX(IncidentIDX);
if (att != null)
if (att.Count > 0)
var pictureBytes = att[0].ATTACH_CONTENT; //ATTACH_CONTENT is a byte array

if (pictureBytes == null)
response.StatusCode = HttpStatusCode.NotFound;
response.Content = new ByteArrayContent(pictureBytes);
response.Content.Headers.ContentType = new MediaTypeHeaderValue("image/jpeg");
response.StatusCode = HttpStatusCode.NotFound;

return response;

Then on the http client-side, I am using angular to retrieve the data. Data is definitely getting retrieved, but just not displayed.

dbManagerService.syncIncidentAttach(ehConstants.incidenT_IDX).then(function (res) {
console.log("return", res);

$scope.cameraPic = res;

function _syncIncidentAttach(incIDX) {
var deferred = $q.defer();

$http.get($rootScope.serverBaseUrl + 'api/incident/GetIncidentImages?IncidentIDX=' + incIDX, { responseType: "blob" })
.success(function (res, status, headers, config) {
// encode data to base 64 url
fr = new FileReader();
fr.onload = function () {
// this variable holds your base64 image data URI (string)
// use readAsBinary() or readAsBinaryString() below to obtain other data types

.error(function(data, status, headers, config) {
conole.log('error getting image');

return deferred.promise;

And the html:

<img ng-src="{{cameraPic}}" /> </div>


Looking at your server side code, I think you can directly write like this:

<img ng-src="{{serverBaseUrl}}api/incident/GetIncidentImages?IncidentIDX={{ehConstants.incidenT_IDX}}" />

Just make sure you are replacing ehConstants.incidenT_IDX with actual content.