This has been asked several times in ASP.Net forums about how to upload multiple files AJAX style along with progress bar similar to the Google’s GMAIL

And the answer is Uploadify plugin for JQuery which does the same in few simple steps. In this article I’ll explain the same.


Step 1

Download the Uploadify JQuery plugin and the JQuery Library using the links below.

Download JQuery

Download Uploadify

Once downloaded you’ll need to place the below four files

1. jquery-1.3.2.min.js

2. jquery.uploadify.js

3. uploader.fla

4. uploader.swf

in a folder called scripts in the root folder of your ASP.Net website application


Step 2

Start Visual Studio, create a new website and do as done below


Inherit the following files you downloaded earlier in the head section of the aspx or the master page

<link rel="Stylesheet" type="text/css" href="CSS/uploadify.css" />

<script type="text/javascript" src="scripts/jquery-1.3.2.min.js"></script>

<script type="text/javascript" src="scripts/jquery.uploadify.js"></script>


Add an ASP.Net FileUpload Control to the form tag

<form id="form1" runat="server">

    <div style = "padding:40px">

        <asp:FileUpload ID="FileUpload1" runat="server" />




Place the following script in the head section or the ContentPlaceHolder in case you are using Master Pages

<script type = "text/javascript">


    function() {

    $("#<%=FileUpload1.ClientID %>").fileUpload({

        'uploader': 'scripts/uploader.swf',

        'cancelImg': 'images/cancel.png',

        'buttonText': 'Browse Files',

        'script': 'Upload.ashx',

        'folder': 'uploads',

        'fileDesc': 'Image Files',

        'fileExt': '*.jpg;*.jpeg;*.gif;*.png',

        'multi': true,

        'auto': true






As you can see we need to specify some settings along with the FileUpload control. The complete list of settings and their description is available here

Important setting to point out is 'script': 'Upload.ashx'  which will handle the FileUpload and save the uploaded files on to the disk.

Below is the code for the Upload.ashx file



<%@ WebHandler Language="C#" Class="Upload" %>


using System;

using System.Web;

using System.IO;


public class Upload : IHttpHandler {


    public void ProcessRequest (HttpContext context) {

        context.Response.ContentType = "text/plain";

        context.Response.Expires = -1;



            HttpPostedFile postedFile = context.Request.Files["Filedata"];


            string savepath = "";

            string tempPath = "";

            tempPath = System.Configuration.ConfigurationManager.AppSettings["FolderPath"];

            savepath = context.Server.MapPath(tempPath);

            string filename = postedFile.FileName;

            if (!Directory.Exists(savepath))



            postedFile.SaveAs(savepath + @"\" + filename);

            context.Response.Write(tempPath + "/" + filename);

            context.Response.StatusCode = 200;


        catch (Exception ex)


            context.Response.Write("Error: " + ex.Message);




    public bool IsReusable {

        get {

            return false;






<%@ WebHandler Language="VB" Class="UploadVB" %>


Imports System

Imports System.Web

Imports System.IO


Public Class UploadVB : Implements IHttpHandler


    Public Sub ProcessRequest(ByVal context As HttpContext) Implements IHttpHandler.ProcessRequest

        Dim postedFile As HttpPostedFile = context.Request.Files("Filedata")


        Dim savepath As String = ""

        Dim tempPath As String = ""

        tempPath = System.Configuration.ConfigurationManager.AppSettings("FolderPath")

        savepath = context.Server.MapPath(tempPath)

        Dim filename As String = postedFile.FileName

        If Not Directory.Exists(savepath) Then


        End If


        postedFile.SaveAs((savepath & "\") + filename)

        context.Response.Write((tempPath & "/") + filename)

        context.Response.StatusCode = 200

    End Sub


    Public ReadOnly Property IsReusable() As Boolean Implements IHttpHandler.IsReusable


            Return False

        End Get

    End Property


End Class


As you will notice that the handler simply accepts the posted files and saves the file in folder called uploads inside the website root directory whose path is placed in an AppSettings key in the Web.Config file Refer below


    <add key ="FolderPath" value ="uploads"/>

</appSettings >


That’s all you need to do now run the application and you’ll notice your website running

Browsing the File

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You might have noticed that the files are auto uploaded once browsed if you do not want this feature you can simply set the 'auto' settings to false. But in that case you’ll need to provide a trigger the uploading of files on user interaction by placing an Upload button

First you’ll need to set the Auto Upload setting to false refer the bold part

<script type = "text/javascript">


    function() {


        'uploader': 'scripts/uploader.swf',

        'cancelImg': 'images/cancel.png',

        'buttonText': 'Browse Files',

        'script': 'Upload.ashx',

        'folder': 'uploads',

        'fileDesc': 'Image Files',

        'fileExt': '*.jpg;*.jpeg;*.gif;*.png',

        'multi': true,

        'auto': false






Then add the following link that will trigger the upload

<a href="javascript:$('#<%=FileUpload1.ClientID%>').fileUploadStart()">Start Upload</a>


That’s it now until user clicks the above link uploading of files won’t take place. Now since the upload is triggered by user it would be great to give him an additional link to clear the browsed files in one go

<a href="javascript:$('#<%=FileUpload1.ClientID%>').fileUploadClearQueue()">Clear</a>

The above code has been tested in the following browsers

Internet Explorer  FireFox  Chrome  Safari  Opera 

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That’s it. Hope you liked the article. You can download the sample source code in VB.Net and C# using the link below

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