ASP.NET APPLICATION : CSASPNETRemoteUploadAndDownload Project Overview


The CSASPNETRemoteUploadAndDownload sample shows how to upload files to and
download files from remote server in an ASP.NET application.

This project is created by using WebClient and FtpWebRequest object in C#
language. Both WebClient and FtpWebRequest classes provide common methods for
sending data to URI of server and receiving data from a resource identified
by URI as well. When uploading or downloading files, these classes will do
webrequest to the URL which user types in.

The UploadData() method sends a data buffer(without encoding it) to a
resource using HTTP or FTP method specified in the method parameter, and then
returns the web response from the server. The DownloadData() method posts an
HTTP or FTP download request to the remote server and get outputstream from
the server.


1. The virtual upload path of remote server need to be enabled the writing
permissions for an account or other accessible user accounts, which
means the directory on server should be writable. Otherwise the remote
server will return 403 error(Regarding server status code definitions, see

2. If remote server(http or ftp) does not enable anonymous access, then we
need to provide a user account and set WebClient.Credentials property in
order to verify the user, allowing the server to know who you are.
(the following documentation will also refer to it).

3. Attention:
If the server is running IIS7 verion, we need to do a few more steps to set
user permissions:

Install WebDev Extension for IIS7. Please follow the instructions in this

If the server machine does not have the WebDev Extension program, you can
download it from the links below


 If you do not install and enable this extension service, IIS7 will forbid
 RemoteUpload method and return the 404 or 403 http error code.


1.Open CSRemoteUploadAndDownload.sln file.

2.Right click the Default.aspx, choose "view in browser" or view
"Default.aspx" in browser to run this application.

3.There are two features you can see in Default.aspx page.

 For RemoteUpload:
   1) Enter a server url which you want to upload to.
   (e.g., ftp://ftpserver/)
   2) Choose your local file by using UploadFile control.
   3) Click the upload button and then you will see the result on screen.

 For RemoteDownload:
   1) Enter a server url from which you want to download.
     (e.g., ftp://ftpserver/test.txt)
   2) Enter a destination local path or directory which saves the file.
   (e.g. C:\Temp\)
   3) Click the download button and then result will be shown on screen.


Use WebClient and FtpWebRequest to upload, download data in .NET application.
Notice that adding reference of System.IO, System.Net at the very beginning.

RemoteUpload class has some necessary preperties and constructors,
which should be used in UploadFile method.

UrlString preperty: The URI of the resource to receive the data
FileNamePath : The Full physical path of Upload file.
NewFileName: The Remote server upload file name.

1. Get the file name of FileNamePath preperty.

2. Get the array of bytes in post filedata.

3. Get the correct remote server url.

4. * Http:
  Create WebClient instance(importing the reference of namespace System.Net),
  using DefaultCredentials to sets the network credentials that are sent to
  the host and used this account to authenticate the request,which means use
  DefaultCredentials to login in remote server(about WebClient.Credentials

  * FTP:
  Create FtpWebRequest instance. Use WebRequestMethods.Ftp.UploadFile method
  to upload file. In this sample, the Ftp Server can be access by anonymous
  users, so it is unnecessary for us to specify username and password.
  If Server needs to authenticate users before connecting it. We should also
  provide our username and password. (Regarding FtpWebRequest.Credentials


5. Get the bytes of uploaded file which store in memory(FileStream).

6. Upload data buffer to remote server by using HTTP method "PUT". If the
request method is empty, default value is "POST" for http server and "STOR"
for ftp server.

7. Then UploadData() method return the boolean value if Upload succeed or

8. Close and release WebClient or WebRequest resource.

The primary function of the DownloadFile method is to download data from
remote server to local application through URI with a specified url address.

1. Get the remote server url address.

2. Get the destination file path.

3. Use WebRequest object to check if the file exists or not on the server
side (importing the reference of namespace System.Net).

4. * HTTP:
  Create WebClient(System.Net,similar to UploadFile method metioned above)
  instance, access DownloadData() method to download file buffer resource
  with the specified URI to local path. Actually, for HTTP resource, the
  "GET" method is used.

  * FTP:
  Create FtpWebRequest instance, by using WebRequestMethods.Ftp.DownloadFile
  method, we can retrive response stream from the server.This method uses
  the "RETR" command to download an FTP resource.

5. This DownloData method will return a Byte arry of download resource.What
we need to do is just using FileStream(using System.IO) to write a block of
bytes to local server path from this download file buffer.

6. Close and release FileStream resource.


WebClient Class

UploadData method

DonwloadData method


How to: Upload Files with FTP