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    File upload

    Alias: Umbraco.UploadField

    Returns: string

    Adds an upload field, which allows documents or images to be uploaded to Umbraco.

    Data Type Definition Example

    Data Type Definition Example

    Content Example

    Content Example Empty Content Example

    In code, the property is a string, which references the location of the file.

    Example: "/media/o01axaqu/guidelines-on-remote-working.pdf"

    MVC View Example

    Without Modelsbuilder

        if (Model.HasValue("myFile"))
            var myFile = Model.Value<string>("myFile");
            <a href="@myFile">@Path.GetFileName(myFile)</a>

    With Modelsbuilder

    @using ContentModels = Umbraco.Web.PublishedModels;
    @if (!Model.HasValue(Model.MyFile))
       <a href="@Model.MyFile">@Path.GetFileName(Model.MyFile)</a>

    Add values programmatically

    See the example below to see how a value can be added or changed programmatically. To update a value of this property editor you need the Content Service and the Media Service.

        // Get access to ContentService
        var contentService = Services.ContentService;
        // Get access to MediaService 
        var mediaService = Services.MediaService;
        // Create a variable for the GUID of the parent where you want to add a child item
        var guid = Guid.Parse("32e60db4-1283-4caa-9645-f2153f9888ef");
        // Get the page using the GUID you've defined
        var content = contentService.GetById(guid); // ID of your page
        // Create a variable for the file you want to upload, in this case the Our Umbraco logo
        var imageUrl = "https://our.umbraco.com/assets/images/logo.svg";
        // Create a request to get the file
        var request = WebRequest.Create(imageUrl);
        var webResponse = request.GetResponse();
        var responseStream = webResponse.GetResponseStream();
        // Get the file name 
        var lastIndex = imageUrl.LastIndexOf("/", StringComparison.Ordinal) + 1;
        var filename = imageUrl.Substring(lastIndex, imageUrl.Length - lastIndex);
        // Create a media file
        var media = mediaService.CreateMediaWithIdentity("myImage", -1, "File");
        media.SetValue(Services.ContentTypeBaseServices, "umbracoFile", filename, responseStream);
        // Save the created media 
        // Get the published version of the media (IPublishedContent)
        var publishedMedia = Umbraco.Media(media.Id);
        // Set the value of the property with alias 'myFile' 
        content.SetValue("myFile", publishedMedia.Url());
        // Save the child item

    Although the use of a GUID is preferable, you can also use the numeric ID to get the page:

        // Get the page using it's id
        var content = contentService.GetById(1234); 

    If Modelsbuilder is enabled you can get the alias of the desired property without using a magic string:

        // Set the value of the property with alias 'myFile'
        content.SetValue(Home.GetModelPropertyType(x => x.MyFile).Alias, publishedMedia.Url();