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NomadTraveler February 2016

Sitecore media item url

I am on Sitecore 7.2

I am experiencing issues trying to retrieve media URL.

I have a template (PageBanner) with just one field called BannerImage. Field type is Image.

Another template named Homepage inherits this template PageBanner.

A content item Home uses template Homepage. I can see the BannerImage field as a part of the Home content item. An image has been assigned to this field as well.

Now, the back-end bit where the issue is encountered.

homeItem.Field["BannerImage"] returns image item.

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homeItem["BannerImage"] returns empty string.

If I try to cast it to ImageField -(ImageField)homeItem.Field["BannerImage"], the resultant ImageField item doesn't have MediaItem or any other field set.

I can do :

var imageFieldItem = Sitecore.Context.Database.GetItem(homeItem.Fields["BannerImage"].ID);
var mediaUrl = MediaManager.GetMediaUrl(imageFieldItem);

But that gives me a dynamic media url in the form of -~/media/a2c15f35836746f398e772c81d040607.ashx

I am looking to get the media URL by path.

Any idea what am I missing here?


jammykam February 2016

You are making the correct call to get the URL using the MediaManager but you need to pass the inner MediaItem to the GetMediaUrl() method:

string imageURL = string.Empty;
Sitecore.Data.Fields.ImageField imageField = homeItem.Field["BannerImage"];
if (imageField != null && imageField.MediaItem != null)
    Sitecore.Data.Items.MediaItem image = new Sitecore.Data.Items.MediaItem(imageField.MediaItem);
    imageURL = Sitecore.StringUtil.EnsurePrefix('/', Sitecore.Resources.Media.MediaManager.GetMediaUrl(image));

As for the dynamic URL being generated, if it is in Edit mode then this is normal, Check in Normal mode that the media URL is fully rendered.

dnstommy February 2016

Try this code out in some utility class.

var imageUrl = GetImageUrl(homeItem, "BannerImage" false);

    public static string GetImageUrl(Item item, string fieldname, bool includeServerUrl)
        // do the checks
        if (item == null) { return ""; }
        if (fieldname.Length == 0) { return ""; }

        // create media options
        Sitecore.Resources.Media.MediaUrlOptions mediaUrlOptions = new Sitecore.Resources.Media.MediaUrlOptions { AlwaysIncludeServerUrl = true };
        mediaUrlOptions.AbsolutePath = true;

        // do we want to include the FQDN?
        if (includeServerUrl)
            mediaUrlOptions.AlwaysIncludeServerUrl = true;

        // convert to image field
        Sitecore.Data.Fields.ImageField imagefield = item.Fields[fieldname];

        if (imagefield == null) { return ""; }

        // get the item so we can process it
        Item mediaitem = Sitecore.Context.Database.GetItem(imagefield.MediaID);
        if (mediaitem == null) { return ""; }

        // pass in the item with the options to get the URL
        string mediaurl = Sitecore.Resources.Media.MediaManager.GetMediaUrl(mediaitem, mediaUrlOptions);
        if (mediaurl == null) { return ""; }

        return mediaurl;

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