Saving image path to access database and retrieving images

mikeoe2003 Posts 25 Registration date Thursday November 1, 2012 Status Member Last seen March 27, 2014 - Updated on Jan 21, 2019 at 10:13 AM
 cpsingh - Jan 20, 2019 at 09:30 PM

I am stuck with how to save an image path to my database please could anyone help. I have a picture box and a file dialogue. I select a picture which appears on the picture box the I like to save its path to my database while saving the picture to a folder.

System Configuration: Windows 7 / Internet Explorer 9.0

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Zohaib R Posts 2368 Registration date Sunday September 23, 2012 Status Member Last seen December 13, 2018 69
Nov 13, 2012 at 12:42 AM
Hi mikeoe2003,

I have designed this small application for you that might suite your need. This application has an Open Button which will help you open any picture file to a PictureBox on the form using OpenFileDialog. You will see the path of the picture file in a disabled TextBox. When you click the update button the Picture's path is saved to an Access Database.

Follow the steps below to create a similar project for yourself:

1. Create a new Visual Basic .net project. Select Windows Forms Application from New Project Dialog Box. Name this application as mikeoe2003PictureApplication.
2. Create the following with below mentioned properties:
a. Form - (Name): mikeoe2003PictureApplication, Text: FormPictureApplication
b. PictureBox - (Name): PictureBox1, SizeMode: StretchImage
c. Button - (Name): ButtonUpdate, Text: &Update
d. Button - (Name): ButtonOpen, Text: &Open
e. TextBoxt - (Name): TextBoxPictureFilePath, Enabled: False
3. Double Click the Form, insert the following code right above Public Class mikeoe2003PictureApplication:

Imports System.Data.OleDb
Imports System.IO
Imports Microsoft.Win32

Double Click ButtonOpen and insert the following code:

Dim img As String

Dim myStream As Stream = Nothing
Dim openFileDialog1 As New OpenFileDialog()

openFileDialog1.InitialDirectory = "c:\"
openFileDialog1.Filter = Nothing
openFileDialog1.FilterIndex = 2
openFileDialog1.RestoreDirectory = True
openFileDialog1.FileName = ""

If openFileDialog1.ShowDialog() = System.Windows.Forms.DialogResult.OK Then
myStream = openFileDialog1.OpenFile()
If (myStream IsNot Nothing) Then

TextBoxPictureFilePath.Text = ""

img = openFileDialog1.FileName
PictureBox1.Image = System.Drawing.Bitmap.FromFile(img)

TextBoxPictureFilePath.Text = openFileDialog1.FileName

End If
Catch Ex As Exception
MessageBox.Show("Cannot read file from disk. Original error: " & Ex.Message)
If (myStream IsNot Nothing) Then
End If
End Try
End If

4. Create a Microsoft Access Database in your convenient location and name it as Databasemikeoe2003PictureApplication.mdb
5. Create a table with the name Tablemikeoe2003PictureApplication and add following Columns to it:

Id - Datatype: Autonumber
PicturePath - DataType: Memo (as file paths can be considerably long at times)

6. Double Click the UpdateButton and insert the following code:

Dim myConnection As OleDbConnection
Dim myCommand As OleDbCommand
Dim mySQLString As String
myConnection = New OleDbConnection("Provider=Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0;Data Source=Databasemikeoe2003PictureApplication.mdb;")
mySQLString = "INSERT INTO Tablemikeoe2003PictureApplication (PicturePath) VALUES('" & Replace$(TextBoxPictureFilePath.Text, "'", "''") & "')"
myCommand = New OleDbCommand(mySQLString, myConnection)

PictureBox1.Image = Nothing
TextBoxPictureFilePath.Text = ""

Catch ex As Exception
MessageBox.Show(ex.Message & " - " & ex.Source)
End Try

7. Run the application, it should work as desired.

Please revert for clarification.
thank you
thank you very much this was realy useful
mikeoe2003 Posts 25 Registration date Thursday November 1, 2012 Status Member Last seen March 27, 2014 2
Jan 11, 2013 at 04:17 AM
tonywerstein Posts 1 Registration date Thursday September 5, 2013 Status Member Last seen September 5, 2013
Sep 5, 2013 at 04:57 PM
You may use access databases by the medium of access mdb repair tool

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meme002 Posts 1 Registration date Sunday November 30, 2014 Status Member Last seen November 30, 2014
Nov 30, 2014 at 04:11 AM
its useful but can you help me how to view image from ms access database I have try your codes and its working...but how about viewing it?