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set filter on file type in asp.net or HTML file upload control

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Hi Experts,

I am writing following code in my asp.net web application.

<input type="file" name="file1" accept="images/*.gif,*.doc" />

The purpose is that when user click on browse button only  gif and doc files should be shown,but this is not working.
Is there any way so that I can set filter on file type in asp.net as we can do in windows application of .net.

Please for this I don't need any freeware control.

If the above said is possible in asp.net file upload control that is also good.

If this is not possible in .net then is it possible in java ?

Thanks
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Unfortunately, FileUpload control still have not some Filter property like Open and Save File dialogs in .NET Windows Forms to limit file types. Because of that, you need to write some additional code to be sure that user will upload regular file type.

See: http://www.beansoftware.com/ASP.NET-FAQ/FileUpload-Validation.aspx
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I think there is a work around, Telerik did it.

It uses Javascript to check the extension, and validate if a valid extension were chose or not.

You cannot force the dialog to filter the files according to extension in web.
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Hi,

Dear Dhaest and vs00saini please go through the attached image.
I do not want to put any validation of file type,I want that when user choose browse button only those file should be visible that is set in file filter type in asp.net page.

Dear Inteqam I do not want to use any third party control.
Filter.bmp
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I do not want to put any validation of file type,I want that when user choose browse button only those file should be visible that is set in file filter type in asp.net page.

Like I said before: Unfortunately, FileUpload control still have not some Filter property like Open and Save File dialogs in .NET Windows Forms to limit file types. Because of that, you need to write some additional code to be sure that user will upload regular file type.
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Dhaest,

 the link you have given doing the same thing they are using validation on that.

Please again go through my question
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without using any validation is it possible or not ?
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by:Dhaest
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No
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by:Inteqam
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Yes
possible

only using Flash uploader or a java applet or even an ActiveX, not the standard uploader.
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ah, it might be a bug in EXEX system.

apparently, I was able to add the last comment even after the question was closed, because i was opening the question before it has been closed.

at the other hand, it might be that somebody asked it to be re-opened, just wanted to let you know.
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Inteqam can you give me any link doing the same.
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So after long discussion We can be agree on one point that without using any third party control ,the requirement said in question can not be fulfill.Because as Inteqam and saini both give me link they are using flash,jquery plugin and so on.
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Because HTML standards prohibits this beside many other things (like multi-selecting, styling the browse buttons, and many others).

Using third party would be by the user's authority, and run at the client (FLASH, ACTIVEX and/or Java Applet).

in other words, at its current situation, wherever you see in the internet a file uploader with:
1- Extension Filter
2- Multi File Select

be sure it is a third party.
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I too agree with Inteqam.

After all we want our users to give them rich and creative experience with nice technologies. We want their experiences with our website to be memorable. So focus on improvement.


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Finally Microsoft leave something for RnD and to be depend on third part.
I was satisfy with the discussion with experts.
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