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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.

Why choose Syncfusion ASP.NET MVC File Manager?

ASP.NET MVC file manager easy to customize

Easy to customize

With customization options, the entire layout can be customized and modified easily, and initial views switched.

ASP.NET MVC file manager built in file operation

Built-in file operations

Provides a wide range of built-in file operations including copying, moving, renaming, and deleting files, drag-and-drop, image preview, and more.

ASP.NET MVC file manager easy to interact

Easy to interact

An intuitive and easy-to-interact interface that includes a toolbar, treeview, breadcrumb, and menu.

ASP.NET MVC file manager localization


Localize the text values of the context menu and tooltips displayed in the user interface using the localization library.

ASP.NET MVC file manager integration

Integration with other components

Integrate with Syncfusion’s PDF Viewer, Word Editor, and Spreadsheet component to open and view PDF, Excel, and Word files.

ASP.NET MVC file manager connect with cloud storage services

Connect with cloud storage services

Easily connect and manage data stored in a various storage services, including local, cloud, and database.

ASP.NET MVC file manager adapts to any resolution

Adapts to any resolution

The File Manager is designed to be responsive and adaptable, with a layout that works well on devices including desktops, touch screens, and smart phones.

ASP.NET MVC file manager customizable theme

Attractive, customizable themes

Cutting edge design with 5+ built-in themes such as Fluent, Tailwind CSS, Bootstrap, Material, Fabric, and more. Utilize the online Theme Studio tool to customize themes easily.

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();

ASP.NET MVC File Manager with flat data

Flat list data binding

The File Manager component supports rendering flat data objects, eliminating the need for HTTP client requests and back-end URL configuration. All file operations can be handled within the component itself through file action events.

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.

Customizable layout design in ASP.NET MVC File Manager.

ASP.NET MVC File Manager with toolbar.


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.

The ASP.NET MVC File Manager 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.

ASP.NET MVC File Manager with navigation pane.

Content pane in ASP.NET MVC File Manager.

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.

File operations

The ASP.NET MVC 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 operations support in ASP.NET MVC File Manager

File upload and download in ASO.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 ascending or descending order by clicking the column header. Files and folders can be sorted based on name, date created, size, and other details. The default sorting functionality can also be customized in the File Manager.

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 support 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.

Quick access menu support in ASP.NET MVC File Manager.

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.

Additional features

Keyboard navigation in ASP.NET MVC File Manager.

Keyboard navigation

The ASP.NET MVC File Manager control ensures that every cell is accessible using the keyboard. Major features like sort, select, and edit can be performed using keyboard commands alone; no mouse interaction is required. This helps in creating highly accessible applications using this control.

ASP.NET MVC File Manager developer-friendly APIs.

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 Right to left.

Right to left (RTL)

Supports right-to-left (RTL) direction for users working in right-to-left languages like Hebrew and Arabic.

Other supported frameworks

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

Supported browsers

The ASP.NET MVC File Manager works well with all modern web browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Safari, and Opera.

Supported browsers of ASP.NET MVC File Manager.


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.

We do not sell the ASP.NET MVC File Manager separately. It is only available for purchase as part of the Syncfusion team license. This contains over 1,800 components and frameworks, including the ASP.NET MVC File Manager. The price of the team license starts at $395 per month for 5 developers, and includes support and updates until the subscription expires. In addition, we might offer discounts based on currently active promotions. Please contact our product specialists today to see if you qualify for any additional discounts.

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

No, our 1,800+ components and frameworks for web, mobile, and desktop, including our ASP.NET MVC File Manager, are not sold individually. They are only available as part of a team license. However, we have competitively priced the product, so it only costs a little bit more than what some other vendors charge for their File Manager control alone. We have also found that, in our experience, our customers usually start off using one of our products and then expand to several products quickly, so we felt it was best to offer all 1,800+ components and frameworks for a subscription fee that starts at $395 per month for a team of 5 developers. Additionally, we might be able to offer discounts based on currently active promotions. Please contact our product specialists today to see if you qualify for any additional discounts.

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, 5 or fewer developers, and 10 or fewer total employees.

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

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