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Customize the File Attachments Module

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WinForms

Use Custom Logic to Open and Save Files

The CustomOpenFileWithDefaultProgram Event

To open an attached file, the module saves it to the operating system’s temporary folder and passes the saved file to the operating system to open. The operating system searches for a default program and starts it. The module does not delete the saved file, because it cannot determine when a file becomes unnecessary. A user is responsible for the temporary folder’s content.

Handle the FileAttachmentsWindowsFormsModule.CustomOpenFileWithDefaultProgram event to implement custom logic. Set the handler’s Handled parameter to true to cancel the default behavior. To access the module, use the XafApplication.Modules property of your WinApplication class instance in a custom Controller.

The CustomSaveFiles Event

The module invokes the SaveFile dialog to save an attached file. A user saves the file to a folder (the default folder is MyDocuments).

Handle the FileAttachmentsWindowsFormsModule.CustomSaveFiles event to implement a custom behavior. Set the handler’s Handled parameter to true to cancel the default operations. To access the module, use the XafApplication.Modules property of your WinApplication class instance in a custom Controller.

File Type Filters in the Open Dialog

In XAF WinForms applications, you can specify file type filters that appear in the Files of type box:

FileTypeFilterAttribute

You can use the FileTypeFilterAttribute:

[FileTypeFilter("Document files", 1, "*.txt", "*.doc")]
[FileTypeFilter("Image files", 2, "*.bmp", "*.png", "*.gif", "*.jpg")]
[FileTypeFilter("All files", 3, "*.*")]
public FileData Document {
   // ...
}

Alternatively, specify file type filters in the Application Model. For more information, see the Remarks section of the following topic: FileTypeFilterAttribute.

ASP.NET Core Blazor

FileDataPropertyEditor uses custom Blazor components to implement the editor’s functionality. If you need to customize its layout or behavior, implement the custom property editor as described in the following topic: How to: Implement a Property Editor Based on a Custom Component (Blazor).

The default maximum file size is 4 MB. Use the static FileAttachmentsBlazorModule.DefaultMaxFileSize property to change the maximum upload file size.

ASP.NET Web Forms

The default maximum file size is 4 MB. FileAttachmentsAspNetModule uses this limit to prevent denial of service attacks that occur when users post large files to the server. To change the limit, specify the httpRuntime.maxRequestLength attribute in the Web.config file:

<configuration>
    <system.web>
        <httpRuntime maxRequestLength="16384" />
     </system.web>
</configuration>

We do not recommend you to set maxRequestLength to more than 10-20 MB. For more information, see the following topic: httpRuntime Element (ASP.NET Web Forms Settings Schema).