SHoCK SHoCK - 1 month ago 15
C# Question

Listing Files From FTP in ListView using BackGround Worker in C#

I am working on a application which will check the ftp server and list all files of directory, that work perfectly without BACKGROUND WORKER but when i use Background worker, lot of problem occurs.
The first problem was that i cannot access ListView from BackGround worker, i used another method (store the list in Array and then Update on BackGround Worker Process Complete) but it did'nt worked.
Then i used another form which was Hidden and doing same function but the program still stuck at listing FTP files.
Actually, i just want to list files of this directory(ftp://blah/subdir/[files are here]) to ListView1. How it is Possible without Freezing UI? i tried to use Background worker but it did'nt worked, how can use it to work?
Here is Code


public string[] ListDirectory()
string hostdir = textBoxX2.Text + textBoxX3.Text;
var request = createRequest(hostdir,WebRequestMethods.Ftp.ListDirectory);
using (var response = (FtpWebResponse)request.GetResponse())
using (var stream = response.GetResponseStream())
using (var reader = new StreamReader(stream, true))
while (!reader.EndOfStream)
List<string> l = new List<string>();
return l.ToArray();
private FtpWebRequest createRequest(string uri, string method)
var r = (FtpWebRequest)WebRequest.Create(uri);
r.Credentials = new NetworkCredential(textBoxX4.Text, textBoxX5.Text);
r.Method = method;
return r;

The Code above Works But freezes UI, and when i use background worker, some of functions not working like, cannot access ListView1 from Object it was created on or Something Similar.

Any Help Appreciated...


You could try this approach - the Invoke runs the action on the appropriate thread:

string line = reader.ReadLine();
listView1.Invoke((MethodInvoker)delegate {
    listView1.Items.Add(line); // runs on UI thread