mcfea mcfea - 26 days ago 9
C# Question

ajaxfileupload multiple inputs on page

I'm using ajaxFileUpload as described here:

It is working fine except when I have multiple file upload controls on the same page. Specifically, I am trying to upload different files for different questions. When I upload the first on the page, it works fine, but the one lower down on the page will only upload it's file into the answer for the first question.

I'm not sure that makes sense... so it may help you to know that my page is populated with questions dynamically using ascx files. The document ascx file looks like this:

<%@ Control Language="C#" AutoEventWireup="true" CodeBehind="Document.ascx.cs" Inherits="ScholarshipApplication.controls.questions.Document" %>

<ajaxToolkit:AjaxFileUpload OnUploadComplete="UploadComplete" ID="FileUploadControl" MaximumNumberOfFiles="1" runat="server" AllowedFileTypes="png,jpg,jpeg,pdf,tiff,tif,gif" />
<asp:LinkButton ID="downloadButton" runat="server" CausesValidation="false" OnClick="downloadButton_Click" />

And the code behind:

public void UploadComplete(object sender, AjaxFileUploadEventArgs e)
{ = e.FileName;

this.downloadButton.Text = e.FileName;

My initial thoughts are that somehow I need to help the control's generated javascript to know which question it should be triggering when.


I believe this is a bug in control or this was implemented by some non-obvious reason. Actually, this control doesn't support multiple instances on a page. Consider to use AsyncFileUpload control instead or customize a bit sources of the AjaxFileUpload control. If you prefer second option then you need to download sources from here: and change AjaxFileUpload.cs file (here is a path: /Server/AjaxControlToolkit/AjaxFileUpload/AjaxFileUpload.cs). What you need to do is to change ContextKey constant to property for combining context key guid with unique id of control:

public class AjaxFileUpload : ScriptControlBase
    private const string ContextKeySuffix = "{DA8BEDC8-B952-4d5d-8CC2-59FE922E2923}";

    private string ContextKey
        get { return this.UniqueID + "_" + ContextKeySuffix; }

Actually, if you'll look on PreRender method of AjaxFileUpload class you'll easy realize reson for such behavior of this control (the first control handle uploads from all sibling controls on a page).