It works if the html file is local (on my C drive), but not if the html file is on a server and the image file is local. Why is that?
Any possible workarounds?
The only way around this is to build an extension in a browser. Firefox extensions and IE extensions can access local resources. Chrome is much more restrictive.
shouldn't you use "file://C:/localfile.jpg" instead of "C:/localfile.jpg"?
Browsers aren't allowed to access the local file system unless you're accessing a local html page. You have to upload the image somewhere. If it's in the same directory as the html file, then you can use
C: is not a recognized URI scheme. Try
Honestly the easiest way was to add file hosting to the server.
Add a Virtual Directory under Default Web Site
Add the appropriate permissions to the folder on the C: drive for "NETWORK SERVICE" and "IIS AppPool\DefaultAppPool"
Refresh Default Web Site
And you're done. You can now browse to any image in that folder by navigating to http://yourServerName/whateverYourFolderNameIs/yourImage.jpg and use that url in your img src
Hope this helps someone
IE 9 : If you want that the user takes a look at image before he posts it to the server : The user should ADD the website to "trusted Website list".
Newtang's observation about the security rules aside, how are you going to know that anyone who views your page will have the correct images at
c:\localfile.jpg? You can't. Even if you think you can, you can't. It presupposes a windows environment, for one thing.
I see two possibilities for what you are trying to do:
You want your webpage, running on a server, to find the file on the computer that you originally designed it?
You want it to fetch it from the pc that is viewing at the page?
Option 1 just doesn't make sense :)
Option 2 would be a security hole, the browser prohibits a web page (served from the web) from loading content on the viewer's machine.
Kyle Hudson told you what you need to do, but that is so basic that I find it hard to believe this is all you want to do.
if you use Google chrome browser you can use like this
<img src="E://bulbpro/pic_bulboff.gif" width="150px" height="200px">
But if you use Mozila Firefox the you need to add "file " ex.
<img src="file:E://bulbpro/pic_bulboff.gif" width="150px" height="200px">
You need to upload the image aswell, then link to the image on the server.
what about having the image be something selected by the user? Use a input:file tag and then after they select the image, show it on the clientside webpage? That is doable for most things. Right now i am trying to get it working for IE, but as with all microsoft products, it is a cluster fork().
If you're deploying a local website just for yourself or certain clients, you can get around this by running
mklink /D MyImages "C:/MyImages" in the website root directory as an admin in cmd. Then in the html, do
<img src="MyImages/whatever.jpg"> and the symbolic link established by mklink will connect the relative src link with the link on your C drive. It solved this issue for me, so it may help others who come to this question.
(Obviously this won't work for public websites since you can't run cmd commands on people's computers easily)
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