In this article I will explain with an example, how to display images stored in database in ASP.Net Image control without using Generic HTTP Handler.
The images stored as Binary data will be fetched as BYTE Array and then the BYTE Array will be converted to BASE64 string and then assigned to the ASP.Net image control.
Note: I have already explained how to upload files save files as binary data in database in my article Save Files to SQL Server Database using FileUpload Control. The same database is used for this article.
Binary Images stored in Database
The following screenshot displays database table with three images stored in it. The backup file of the database is present in the attached sample.
Display image from database in Image control without using Generic Handler in ASP.Net
HTML Markup
The HTML Markup consists of an ASP.Net DropDownList control and an Image control to display the selected image.
<span>Select Image:</span>
<asp:DropDownList ID="ddlImages" runat="server" AppendDataBoundItems="true" AutoPostBack="true" OnSelectedIndexChanged="FetchImage">
    <asp:ListItem Text="Select Image" Value="0" />
<hr />
<asp:Image ID="Image1" runat="server" Visible="false"/>
You will need to import the following namespaces.
using System.Data;
using System.Configuration;
using System.Data.SqlClient;
Imports System.Data
Imports System.Configuration
Imports System.Data.SqlClient
Populating the List of Images in DropDownList control
Inside the Page Load event, the DropDownList is populated with list of Images from database table.
protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
    if (!this.IsPostBack)
        ddlImages.DataSource = GetData("SELECT Id, Name FROM tblFiles");
        ddlImages.DataTextField = "Name";
        ddlImages.DataValueField = "Id";
private DataTable GetData(string query)
    DataTable dt = new DataTable();
    string constr = ConfigurationManager.ConnectionStrings["constr"].ConnectionString;
    using (SqlConnection con = new SqlConnection(constr))
        using (SqlCommand cmd = new SqlCommand(query))
            using (SqlDataAdapter sda = new SqlDataAdapter())
                cmd.CommandType = CommandType.Text;
                cmd.Connection = con;
                sda.SelectCommand = cmd;
        return dt;
Protected Sub Page_Load(sender As Object, e As EventArgs) Handles Me.Load
    If Not Me.IsPostBack Then
        ddlImages.DataSource = GetData("SELECT Id, Name FROM tblFiles")
        ddlImages.DataTextField = "Name"
        ddlImages.DataValueField = "Id"
    End If
End Sub
Private Function GetData(query As String) As DataTable
    Dim dt As New DataTable()
    Dim constr As String = ConfigurationManager.ConnectionStrings("constr").ConnectionString
    Using con As New SqlConnection(constr)
        Using cmd As New SqlCommand(query)
            Using sda As New SqlDataAdapter()
                cmd.CommandType = CommandType.Text
                cmd.Connection = con
                sda.SelectCommand = cmd
            End Using
        End Using
        Return dt
    End Using
End Function
Displaying the binary image from database in Image Control without using Generic Handler
The following event handler is executed on the SelectedIndexChanged event of the DropDownList control.
Here the binary image is fetched from database as BYTE Array and then the BYTE Array is converted to BASE64 string and displayed in Image control.
Note: To know more about displaying binary image using BASE64 string please refer Display Byte Array as Image without using generic handler in ASP.Net.
protected void FetchImage(object sender, EventArgs e)
    string id = ddlImages.SelectedItem.Value;
    Image1.Visible = id != "0";
    if (id != "0")
        byte[] bytes = (byte[])GetData("SELECT Data FROM tblFiles WHERE Id =" + id).Rows[0]["Data"];
        string base64String = Convert.ToBase64String(bytes, 0, bytes.Length);
        Image1.ImageUrl = "data:image/png;base64," + base64String;
Protected Sub FetchImage(sender As Object, e As EventArgs)
    Dim id As String = ddlImages.SelectedItem.Value
    Image1.Visible = id <> "0"
    If id <> "0" Then
        Dim bytes As Byte() = DirectCast(GetData(Convert.ToString("SELECT Data FROM tblFiles WHERE Id =") & id).Rows(0)("Data"), Byte())
        Dim base64String As String = Convert.ToBase64String(bytes, 0, bytes.Length)
        Image1.ImageUrl = Convert.ToString("data:image/png;base64,") & base64String
    End If
End Sub
Display image from database in Image control without using Generic Handler in ASP.Net