This blog will explain the features available in the file explorer component.
The file explorer control supports two types of layouts to view files:
- Tile view
- Grid view
File explorer layout with Tile / Thumbnail view
File explorer layout with detailed Grid view
You can preview an image by double-clicking it, which opens the image in a dialog window. The previewed image can then be zoomed by resizing the dialog box.
File explorer built-in image preview option
The layout of the file explorer panel can be customized.
File explorer with customized layout
Custom tool support
In the file explorer toolbar, you can create custom tools with customized actions. For example, here the Help tool has been created as a custom tool in the toolbar.
File explorer with Custom tool option
In the details view or the grid view, files can be sorted by desired fields.
Sorting the files with ascending / descending order
File explorer has a virtual scrolling option that will load files on demand while you scroll the content. This will improve the performance when the file system has a large number of files in its storage.
Virtual scrolling with large number of files
File access control
The file explorer can be used in your secured file system by authorizing the access permissions to specific people or groups for specific files and folders. By defining a set of access rules for your files and folders, you can authorize people to read, write, delete, and upload files.
These access rules are validated on the server side, so it will be more secure, and unauthorized people don’t have access.
In the previous screenshot, access permission is provided to the documentation user so only the documents folder can be accessed and the remaining folders are restricted.
Shared folder support
The file explorer can also manage the files and folders available from locally shared machine. This is useful when you are accessing the files through your intranet environment.
Accessing the shared location
Other storages support
Other than the default file systems, the file explorer can be used as a UI for online file systems and other storages. Currently, file explorer supports these storages to explore:
- Azure storage
- SQL database
Azure storage support
Azure storage is a cloud-based storage provided by Microsoft for storing data objects, file system services, and so on. The default file explorer was designed to work with general file systems, so by extending the functionalities, we can perform Azure storage-related operations.
The Azure-related operations are already handled and explained in the following knowledge base, where you can get the example sample with ASP.NET Core and MVC platforms.
You can further extend the sample by substituting your Azure storage details on it.
SQL database support
In some situations, the file system might be served from the SQL database. The file access operation will also be different for SQL database. This can also be handled by extending the file operations.
This was already done and explained in the following documentation section with the example sample:
You can further extend the sample by substituting your SQL database-related settings on it.
Overall, the file explorer component was designed with all file operations, also it can be further extendable based on your application point of view or to support other file storage.
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