Stream Sitecore media items to HttpResponse

Here is a small tip for you who is doing API’s based on Sitecore. How to get an item from the Sitecore Media Library and stream it to the HttpResponse of a page.

This is an example of an .ashx HttpHandler class that gets the ID of an Sitecore Media Library item and streams the item. Add your own exception handling as you wish.

using System;
using System.Net;
using System.Web;
using Sitecore.Data.Items;
using Sitecore.Diagnostics;
using Sitecore.Configuration;

namespace MyProject
  public class GetImage : IHttpHandler
    public void ProcessRequest(HttpContext context)
      // ID of media item
      string id = context.Request.QueryString["id"];

      // Get media item
      MediaItem item = (MediaItem)Factory.GetDatabase("web").GetItem(id);

      // Get name to be shown when image is saved
      string imageName = item.Name + "." + item.Extension;

      context.Response.ContentType = mediaItem.MimeType;
      context.Response.AppendHeader("Content-Disposition", string.Format("inline;filename=\"{0}\"", imageName));
      context.Response.StatusCode = (int)HttpStatusCode.OK;
      context.Response.BufferOutput = true;
      // Copy the media stream to the response output stream
      // As momma always said: Always remember to flush

    public bool IsReusable
        return false;

The trick lies within the type casting of an Item to a MediaItem. The MediaItem contains a media stream that can be copied to the OutputStream of the HttpResponse.

Another trick is to construct a file name from the item name + the file extension found on the MediaItem. Adding this to the output stream will make the name appear as the default file name when users saves your file.

About briancaos

Developer at Pentia A/S since 2003. Have developed Web Applications using Sitecore Since Sitecore 4.1.
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1 Response to Stream Sitecore media items to HttpResponse

  1. Pingback: Which of my old Sitecore posts are still valid in Sitecore 9? | Brian Pedersen's Sitecore and .NET Blog

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