c# – converting a base 64 string to an image and saving it

The Question :

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Here is my code:

protected void SaveMyImage_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
        {
            string imageUrl = Hidden1.Value;
            string saveLocation = Server.MapPath("~/PictureUploads/whatever2.png") ; 


            HttpWebRequest imageRequest = (HttpWebRequest)WebRequest.Create(imageUrl);
            WebResponse imageResponse = imageRequest.GetResponse();

            Stream responseStream = imageResponse.GetResponseStream();

            using (BinaryReader br = new BinaryReader(responseStream))
            {
                imageBytes = br.ReadBytes(500000);
                br.Close();
            }
            responseStream.Close();
            imageResponse.Close();

            FileStream fs = new FileStream(saveLocation, FileMode.Create);
            BinaryWriter bw = new BinaryWriter(fs);
            try
            {
                bw.Write(imageBytes);
            }
            finally
            {
                fs.Close();
                bw.Close();
            }
        }
}

The top imageUrl declartion is taking in a Base64 image string, and I want to convert it into an image. I think my set of code only works for images like “www.mysite.com/test.jpg” not for a Base64 string. Anybody have some suggestions? Thanks!

The Question Comments :

The Answer 1

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Here is an example, you can modify the method to accept a string parameter. Then just save the image object with image.Save(…).

public Image LoadImage()
{
    //data:image/gif;base64,
    //this image is a single pixel (black)
    byte[] bytes = Convert.FromBase64String("R0lGODlhAQABAIAAAAAAAAAAACH5BAAAAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAICTAEAOw==");

    Image image;
    using (MemoryStream ms = new MemoryStream(bytes))
    {
        image = Image.FromStream(ms);
    }

    return image;
}

It is possible to get an exception A generic error occurred in GDI+. when the bytes represent a bitmap. If this is happening save the image before disposing the memory stream (while still inside the using statement).

The Answer 2

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You can save Base64 directly into file:

string filePath = "MyImage.jpg";
File.WriteAllBytes(filePath, Convert.FromBase64String(base64imageString));

The Answer 3

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Here is what I ended up going with.

    private void SaveByteArrayAsImage(string fullOutputPath, string base64String)
    {
        byte[] bytes = Convert.FromBase64String(base64String);

        Image image;
        using (MemoryStream ms = new MemoryStream(bytes))
        {
            image = Image.FromStream(ms);
        }

        image.Save(fullOutputPath, System.Drawing.Imaging.ImageFormat.Png);
    }

The Answer 4

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I would suggest via Bitmap:

public void SaveImage(string base64)
{
    using (MemoryStream ms = new MemoryStream(Convert.FromBase64String(base64)))
    {
        using (Bitmap bm2 = new Bitmap(ms))
        {
            bm2.Save("SavingPath" + "ImageName.jpg");
        }
    }
}

The Answer 5

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In my case it works only with two line of code. Test the below C# code:

String dirPath = "C:\myfolder\";
String imgName = "my_mage_name.bmp";

byte[] imgByteArray = Convert.FromBase64String("your_base64_string");
File.WriteAllBytes(dirPath + imgName, imgByteArray);

That’s it. Kindly up vote if you really find this solution works for you. Thanks in advance.

The Answer 6

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Here is working code for converting an image from a base64 string to an Image object and storing it in a folder with unique file name:

public void SaveImage()
{
    string strm = "R0lGODlhAQABAIAAAAAAAP///yH5BAEAAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAIBRAA7"; 

    //this is a simple white background image
    var myfilename= string.Format(@"{0}", Guid.NewGuid());

    //Generate unique filename
    string filepath= "~/UserImages/" + myfilename+ ".jpeg";
    var bytess = Convert.FromBase64String(strm);
    using (var imageFile = new FileStream(filepath, FileMode.Create))
    {
        imageFile.Write(bytess, 0, bytess.Length);
        imageFile.Flush();
    }
}

The Answer 7

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In a similar scenario what worked for me was the following:

byte[] bytes = Convert.FromBase64String(Base64String);    
ImageTagId.ImageUrl = "data:image/jpeg;base64," + Convert.ToBase64String(bytes);

ImageTagId is the ID of the ASP image tag.

The Answer 8

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If you have a string of binary data which is Base64 encoded, you should be able to do the following:

byte[] encodedDataAsBytes = System.Convert.FromBase64String(encodedData);

You should be able to write the resulting array to a file.

The Answer 9

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public bool SaveBase64(string Dir, string FileName, string FileType, string Base64ImageString)
{
    try
    {
        string folder = System.Web.HttpContext.Current.Server.MapPath("~/") + Dir;
        if (!Directory.Exists(folder))
        {
            Directory.CreateDirectory(folder);
        }

        string filePath = folder + "/" + FileName + "." + FileType;
        File.WriteAllBytes(filePath, Convert.FromBase64String(Base64ImageString));
        return true;
    }
    catch
    {
        return false;
    }

}

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