Find Out the Image Type without Checking its Extension

My colleague called up with a query. His application accepted images to be uploaded to a central server. Later the application processed the images and separated them according to the Image Type. They determined the image type by checking the extension of the image uploaded –- a very common practice of detecting the image type.

The issue here was that some images which were actually gif’s were renamed as jpeg’s and then uploaded, which led to faulty image processing. The requirement was to determine the correct image type in the simplest possible way even if the extension was renamed. Here’s what I suggested:


Image imgUp = Image.FromFile(Server.MapPath("~/images/abc.jpg"));
if (imgUp.RawFormat.Equals(ImageFormat.Jpeg))
else if (imgUp.RawFormat.Equals(ImageFormat.Gif))
catch (Exception ex)


imgUp As Image = Image.FromFile(Server.MapPath("~/images/abc.jpg"))
If imgUp.RawFormat.Equals(ImageFormat.Jpeg) Then
ElseIf imgUp.RawFormat.Equals(ImageFormat.Gif) Then
End If
ex As Exception
End Try

The Image.RawFormat property is extremely useful in this situation to get the file format of the image.

Note: Alternatively you can also use Magic Numbers

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About The Author

Suprotim Agarwal
Suprotim Agarwal, ASP.NET Architecture MVP (Microsoft Most Valuable Professional) works as an Architect Consultant and provides consultancy on how to design and develop Web applications.

Suprotim is also the founder and primary contributor to DevCurry, DotNetCurry and SQLServerCurry. He is the Editor of a Developer Magazine called DNC Magazine. He has also written two EBooks 51 Recipes using jQuery with ASP.NET Controls. and The Absolutely Awesome jQuery CookBook

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