File Management Module

This module is used to upload, download and organize files in a hierarchical folder structure. It is also compatible to multi-tenancy and you can determine total size limit for your tenants.

This module is based on the BLOB Storing system, so it can use different storage providers to store the file contents.

See the module description page for an overview of the module features.

How to Install

File Management module is not installed in the startup templates. So, it needs to be installed manually. There are two ways of installing a module into your application.

1. Using ABP CLI

ABP CLI allows adding a module to a solution using add-module command. You can check its documentation for more information. So, file management module can be added using the command below;

abp add-module Volo.FileManagement

2. Manual Installation

If you modified your solution structure, adding module using ABP CLI might not work for you. In such cases, file management module can be added to a solution manually.

In order to do that, add packages listed below to matching project on your solution. For example, Volo.FileManagement.Application package to your {ProjectName}.Application.csproj like below;

<PackageReference Include="Volo.FileManagement.Application" Version="x.x.x" />

After adding the package reference, open the module class of the project (eg: {ProjectName}ApplicationModule) and add the below code to the DependsOn attribute.


If your project is using EntityFrameworkCore, you need to add following configuration to OnModelCreating method at your DbContext.

If your project is using MongoDB, you need to add following configuration to CreateModel method at your DbContext.


If you are using EntityFrameworkCore, do not forget to add a new migration and update your database.

File Management module's MVC user interface depends on following npm packages. add @volo/file-management npm package to your package.json file.

"dependencies": {
    "@volo/file-management": "^2.9.0"

After adding packages, you need to run abp install-libs command in the folder of your Web project.

Angular UI

For user interface, an Angular module called FileManagementModule is included in the @volo/ library.

Please visit document on feature libraries to learn how you can install and set it up in your Angular application.

Blazor & Blazor Server

There is a known problem with ASP NET Core, You have to set DisableImplicitFromServicesParameters of HubOptions to true.

Configure<HubOptions>(options =>
    options.DisableImplicitFromServicesParameters = true;

Setting BLOB Provider

File Management module is based on the BLOB Storing system as defined before, and it uses FileManagementContainer as a BLOB container.

You must set a BLOB provider for FileManagementContainer.

Configure<AbpBlobStoringOptions>(options =>
    options.Containers.Configure<FileManagementContainer>(c =>
        c.UseDatabase(); // You can use FileSystem or Azure providers also.

Please check the BLOB Storage Providers documentation for more information about providers and how to use them.


This module follows the module development best practices guide and consists of several NuGet and NPM packages. See the guide if you want to understand the packages and relations between them.

You can visit File Management module package list page to see list of packages related with this module.

User Interface

Menu Items

File Management module adds the following items to the "Main" menu, under the "Administration" menu item:

  • File Management: List, view all folder structure and files.

FileManagementMenuNames class has the constants for the menu item names.


File Management

File Management page is used to create folders, upload files and view the list of folders and files that stored in the application.



You can create a new folder by clicking Create Folder button that located at top left on the page. The folder will be created at active directory.

You can move a folder to another directory on the left tree view.

You can rename a folder by clicking Actions -> Rename on the table.


You can upload files by clicking Upload Files button that located at top left on the page. This will open a new modal for selecting your local files to upload. The files will be uploaded at active directory.

You can move files by clicking Actions -> Move on the table.

You can rename a file by clicking Actions -> Rename on the table.

Data Seed

This module doesn't seed any data.


Domain Layer


This module follows the Entity Best Practices & Conventions guide.

  • DirectoryDescriptor (aggregate root): Represents a folder.
  • FileDescriptor (aggregate root): Represents a file.


This module follows the Repository Best Practices & Conventions guide.

Following custom repositories are defined for this module:

  • IDirectoryDescriptorRepository
  • IFileDescriptorRepository

Domain Services

This module follows the Domain Services Best Practices & Conventions guide.


DirectoryManager is used to manage your folders like create, rename, move and delete.


FileManager is used to manage your files like create, rename, move and delete.


This module doesn't define any setting.


You can enable or disable this module for each tenant, also you can set maximum storage size for each tenant. See the FileManagementFeatures class members for all features defined for this module.

Application Layer

Application Services

  • DirectoryDescriptorAppService (implements IDirectoryDescriptorAppService): Implements the use cases of the file management UI.
  • FileDescriptorAppService (implements IFileDescriptorAppService): Implements the use cases of the file management UI.

Database Providers


Table/Collection Prefix & Schema

All tables/collections use the Fm prefix by default. Set static properties on the FileManagementDbProperties class if you need to change the table prefix or set a schema name (if supported by your database provider).

Connection String

This module uses FileManagement for the connection string name. If you don't define a connection string with this name, it fallbacks to the Default connection string.

See the connection strings documentation for details.

Entity Framework Core

  • FmDirectoryDescriptors
  • FmFileDescriptors


  • FmDirectoryDescriptors
  • FmFileDescriptors


See the FileManagementPermissions class members for all permissions defined for this module.

Distributed Events

This module doesn't define any additional distributed event. See the standard distributed events.

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