One of the services that's included by default when you create an ASP.NET Core application is
IHostingEnvironment. The service has two properties of particular interest:
ContentRootPath resolves to the application's base path. This is the location of the web.config, project.json, source code and other files not intended to be served to browsers. The
WebRootPath property gets the physical file path to the directory that houses files intended to be browsable. By default, this is the wwwroot folder in the application.
Great! So how do you access the
IHostingEnvironment properties? It's easy, really. Since
IHostingEnvironment is added to the application's services by the framework, you can simply inject the service into the constructor of your controller and the built-in dependency injection system will resolve it for you:
You will need to add a
using directive for
Microsoft.AspNetCore.Hosting to make
IHostingEnvironment available to your controller class, and you will have to create a constructor for the controller.
As I mentioned, the default location of
WebRootPath is the wwwroot folder, but what if for some reason you wanted to change that? You can use the
UseWebRoot extension method on the
WebHostBuilder class to set your preferred location. You can do this in the
Main method of the