I have found the SO Link which discusses about downloading the binary variant using OData service by using the HTTP URL as below,


We would like to consume the binarycontent using C# client, I am stuck in converting the above HTTP OData Request to the equivalent C# LINQ Query and consume the BinaryVariant via C#.

Here is what I have done so far,

    BinaryContent content = (from s in cds.BinaryContents
                             where s.BinaryId == 1415 && s.PublicationId == 3 && s.VariantId == "ZGlzdC1jb21wb25lbnRzLmh0bWw="
                             select s).FirstOrDefault();

But the BinaryContent class does not have a method/property to return the byte[] or data stream.

Thanks, Rajesh

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I have not found a way to do this using just the LINQ API, but you can download the file as a byte[] using the System.Net.WebClient object.

Try this:

string url = cds.BinaryContents.RequestUri + "(BinaryId=1415 ,PublicationId=3,VariantId='ZGlzdC1jb21wb25lbnRzLmh0bWw=')/$value";
WebClient webClient = new WebClient();
webClient.Headers.Add("Authorization", "OAuth " + OdataUtilities.GetAccessToken());
byte[] bytes = webClient.DownloadData(url);

Note that you only need the line 'webClient.Headers.Add' part if you are using a secured OData Service. OdataUtilities.GetAccessToken() is just a method I use to retrieve a token for the request.

  • Thanks Chris, I will give a try. But from the look of it, because we are able to access byte[] via HTTP Odata URL, byte[] property is available in the BinaryContent class, but currently it might not be a public property of that class.
    – Rajesh
    Sep 4, 2015 at 5:15

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