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.ASHX File Extension

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File TypeASP.NET Web Handler File

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CategoryWeb Files


This file is saved in a plain text format. You can open and view the contents of this file using a text editor.


Webpage that is part of an ASP.NET Web server application; processed by the server's ASP.NET HTTP Handler when a client Web browser requests the page; often contains references to other pages hosted on the Web server that are sent to the user's Web browser.

More Information

Sometimes ASHX files are used for sending .PDF files to the user's browser, since the ASHX file has a reference to the PDF document. However, when the file is downloaded, the file extension is not renamed to ".pdf" and remains with the ".ashx" file extension. In this case, you can rename the file extension to ".pdf" and view it with Adobe Reader or another PDF viewer. You can also sometimes fix this problem by making sure that the Web browser has the Adobe Reader plug-in installed. If installed, the PDF file may then open directly in the browser.

NOTE: Many ASHX pages have only a small amount of code, even as short as a single line. Page functions are written in the C# programming language.

Programs that open ASHX files
Microsoft Windows LogoWindows
Microsoft Visual Web Developer
Microsoft Visual Studio 2015
Any Web browser
Any text editor
Mac OS X LogoMac
MacroMates TextMate
Any Web browser
Updated 3/12/2012