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The File Manager (a.k.a. File Explorer) is a graphical user interface control for managing the file system that allows users to perform most common file operations like accessing, editing, and sorting files or folders. This control also provides easy navigation to select a file or folder from the file system.

Customizable layout design

The File Manager UI consists of a toolbar, navigation pane, and content pane through which the files or folders in the file system can be accessed and managed. The entire layout can be customized with features like right-to-left alignment, enabling or disabling the toolbar and navigation pane, and switching between views.


The toolbar contains a list of tools for performing various operations like upload file, download file, and switch views. The toolbar can be configured with any custom functionality to be performed on the file system.

ASP.NET MVC File Manager with toolbar

ASP.NET MVC File Manager with navigation pane

The navigation pane allows the quick and direct access to a file or folder in a file system where the entire folder hierarchy is listed using a tree view. This can be made visible or hidden as needed.

Content pane

The content pane displays the files and folders in the file system. The files in the content pane can be displayed in either a large icon view or a details view.

Content pane in ASP.NET MVC File Manager

File operations

The File Manager control includes all the common operations needed for managing a file system. It includes copy, move, upload, download, edit, create, delete, and sort.

File upload and download in ASP.NET MVC File Manager

File upload and download

The File Manager control allows easy file uploading and downloading in a file system.


Files and folders in the file system can be sorted in either ascending or descending order simply by clicking the column header. Files and folders can be sorted based on name, date created, size, and other details.

File sorting in ASP.NET MVC File Manager

File searching in ASP.NET MVC File Manager


The File Manager control contains built-in search functionality that allows you to search for and access a file or folder in the current path and its child folders.

Moving files and folders with drag and drop

Files and folders can be moved within the file system by dragging and dropping them. Drag-and-drop support can be turned on or off.

Drag and drop in ASP.NET MVC File Manager

Access control in ASP.NET MVC File Manager

Access control restriction

Restrict access to files and folders by defining a set of rules for them. Only authorized users will be able to access them.

Restrict upload file types

You can specify the types of files that can be uploaded in the File Manager. Other file types will be restricted from uploading.

Restrict file types in ASP.NET MVC File Manager

Multiple file selection in ASP.NET MVC File Manager

Multiple file selection

The File Manager control has built-in support for the selection of multiple files or folders. Multiple file selection is effective when a single operation like download or delete needs to be performed for multiple files in the file system.

Directory upload

The ASP.NET MVC File Manager control has support to upload a directory (folder) with its subfolders and files.

ASP.NET MVC File Manager directory upload

Integration with PDF Viewer, Word Editor, and Spreadsheet

Integration with PDF Viewer, Word Editor, and Spreadsheet

Open PDF, Excel, and Word files in JavaScript File Manager using Syncfusion’s JavaScript PDF Viewer, Word Editor, and Spreadsheet controls.

Quick access menu

The File Manager control provides context menu support to list the operations that can be performed with files and folders. It appears when a file or folder is right-clicked. Context menu items can be customized according to user preferences.

Quick access menu in ASP.NET MVC File Manager

Localization in ASP.NET MVC File Manager


The text of the context menu list and tooltips displayed in the user interface can be localized to any supported language. The File Manager control uses a localization library (l10n) to localize the text values.

Other supported frameworks

The File Manager control is also available in Blazor, React, Angular, JavaScript and Vue frameworks. Check out the different File Manager platforms from the links below:

Web accessibility

  • Follows WAI-ARIA best practices for implementing keyboard interaction.
  • Supports right-to-left (RTL) direction for users working in right-to-left languages like Hebrew and Arabic.

Built-in themes

The ASP.NET MVC File Manager supports several built-in themes: Bootstrap 5, Fluent, Tailwind CSS, high contrast, and more. Users can customize any one of these built-in themes or create new themes to achieve their own desired look by either simply overriding the Sass variables or using our Theme Studio application.

Developer-friendly APIs

Developers have control over all the UI elements and behaviors of the controls to provide the best experience to end users.

ASP.NET MVC File Manager code example

Easily get started with the ASP.NET MVC File Manager using a few simple lines of CSHTML and C# code example as demonstrated below. Also explore our ASP.NET MVC File Manager example that shows you how to render and configure a File Manager in ASP.NET MVC.

@using Syncfusion.EJ2
@using Syncfusion.EJ2.FileManager
@using EJ2MVCSampleBrowser.Models
@section ControlsSection{
    <div class="control-section">
        <div class="sample-container">
            <!-- File Manager full functionalities sample -->
              new Syncfusion.EJ2.FileManager.FileManagerAjaxSettings {
                  Url = "FileOperations",
                  DownloadUrl = "Download",
                  UploadUrl = "Upload",
                  GetImageUrl = "GetImage"
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Web;
using System.Web.Mvc;
using EJ2MVCSampleBrowser.Models;

namespace EJ2MVCSampleBrowser.Controllers
    public partial class FileManagerController : Controller
        public ActionResult Overview()
            return View();


Frequently Asked Questions

  • A lightweight, modern user interface for easy and effective file management in a file system.
  • Support for all basic file operations, like upload, download, delete, create, sort, search, and rename, along with an out-of-the-box option to preview images in the file system.
  • Support for different kinds of file system providers like physical, FTP, SQL, Node.js, Azure, Amazon S3, Firebase, and Google Drive.
  • One of the best ASP.NET MVC File Manager controls on the market, offering a feature-rich UI.
  • Built-in support for access control.
  • Simple configuration and API.
  • Support for all modern browsers.
  • Touch-friendly and responsive.
  • Expansive learning resources such as demos and documentation to learn quickly and get started fast.

You can find our ASP.NET MVC File Manager demo, which demonstrates how to render and configure the File Manager.

No, this is a commercial product and requires a paid license. However, a free community license is also available for companies and individuals whose organizations have less than $1 million USD in annual gross revenue and five or fewer developers.

A good place to start would be our comprehensive getting started documentation.

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