5 Replies Latest reply on Apr 4, 2013 3:41 PM by 1000034

    Retrieving the image from Oracle database

      I am facing a issue in retrieving the image from the Oracle database and display it in IE8.0.

      Images are partially loaded in IE8.0 but it is displaying correctly in Firefox.
      After further research, I realized that IE has some issues with base64_encode and it displays only 32KB.

      This is the snippet of code which I am using to get the image from the data. The size of the Image stored in the database is 270KB.

      $img = $row['DOCUMT']->load();$b64Src = "data:image/jpeg;base64,".base64_encode($img);echo '<div><img src="'.$b64Src.'" alt="image" width="700" height="300" /></div>'

      one more thing I noticed is after retrieving the Image from the database, image_type_to_mime_type($img) is returning as application/octet-stream.

      Is it anything to do with this? I tried, $b64Src = "data:application/octet-stream;base64,".base64_encode($img);

      Nothing is working.
      Please don’t ask me why you cannot store the images in the server instead of database. I was told to find a solution to this issue.
      Is there any way this issue can be resolved? I badly need your help and suggestion.
        • 1. Re: Retrieving the image from Oracle database
          Storing images in the DB is good.

          If you can't workaround the encoding issues with Windows PHP, or the IE8 issues with inline image display, what about creating a PHP file that displays only the image?
          Your original "<img src=" tag can refer to the URL of this file. This solution will have the overhead of an extra HTTP request to load the page, but
          with such a big image the extra request time may not be an issue. For an example, look at ac_logo_img.php on page 12-4 in http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E17781_01/appdev.112/e18555.pdf
          This can be used in an HTML page like: <img src="ac_logo_img.php">

          If you are intending to deploy your PHP application on a Linux machine, than I recommend also developing on Linux so you don't hit all these little file system issues that Windows is prone to.

          Edited by: cj on Apr 1, 2013 11:39 AM Corrected "<a src=" to be "<img src="
          • 2. Re: Retrieving the image from Oracle database
            Thank You so much for the quick response. I will try this and will get back to you.
            • 3. Re: Retrieving the image from Oracle database
              I tried to do the suggetion made by you but I was not able to solve the issue. I think I am close to it and with your help I should be able to resolve it. Let me explain you the brief about this issue.

              1. Another group uses Oracle Apex to load the images in to the database.
              2. I am fetching this data fron Oracle and displays in to Webpage using PHP.

              This is so far I tried. Please bear with me if I am doing anything wrong.

              1.I created program.php which calls the <IMG> as suggested by you.Snippet of the code is

              <div><img src="/oracle/image_story.php" alt="Image Stories" width="900" height="500" /></div>

              2. In the image_story.php, I used the following code.


              $query = "SELECT *
                        FROM IMAGE_STORY WHERE image_id = 50";
              if ($result = run_oracle($query, 'select')) { // Run the query.
                   $num_results = count($result);
                   if ($num_results > 0) {
                   foreach($result as $row){
                        $img = $row['DOCUMT']->load();
                        header("Content-type: image/pjpeg");
                        echo $img;
                        //echo '<div><img src="'.$img.'" alt="Image Stories" width="900" height="500" /></div>';

              When I run the program.php,Image is not displayed and it is showing as "X". To troubleshoot the issue,I run the image_story.php and echo $img is giving me the weird character like,


              I used PL/SQL developer as a client to access the BLOB field from the database and in the HTML view, it is giving me the same output.

              Select * from image_story a where a.image_id = 50

              I am not sure the issue is with the MIME-TYPE,ENCODING or I am missing something here. I tried lot of Content-Type.

              Please guide me.
              • 4. Re: Retrieving the image from Oracle database
                Verify the data is a valid image. Try writing it to a disk file with
                file_put_contents("/tmp/test.jpg", $img). Then from the operating
                system, load that file in an image editor.

                Check there is no white space before the <?php tag or after the ?> tag
                (many PHP programmers don't use the ?> tag to avoid this kind of
                issue). Temporarily use file_get_contents() to load the image from
                the file system instead of querying the DB.

                Check the Content-type code. Is "pjpeg" a typo in your code or in the
                forum post?

                Test using a different image.
                • 5. Re: Retrieving the image from Oracle database
                  This issues is resolved.

                  The issue is that i was using an echo$query before the echo $img for the trouble shooting purposes and removed that while posting the snippet in this forum.

                  Since you didn't find anything wrong with my code , i was looking at the submitted code in the forum and the actual one and was able to figure it out.

                  Thanks a lot for your guidance in resolving this issue!