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#1 Posted : Tuesday, January 8, 2019 4:01:21 PM(UTC)
Anthony Northrup

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If you're using the DocumentViewer within your company's application, you may wish to add HTTP authorization for downloading internal documents. Below are the few steps you'll need to get started.

Step 1: Provide the header within the client
Our JavaScript SDK allows the developer to customize the requests made to the Documents Service in any way they'd like. You'll simply need to hook into the DocumentFactory.prepareAjax event. Below are the code snippets from the full sample project, which showcases how to add the basic authorization header:

// Setup the prepareAjax event

// Callback definition
function prepareAjaxCallback(sender, args) {
   // Only modify the loadFromUri method
   if (args.sourceClass.toLowerCase() != "documentfactory" ||
         args.sourceMethod.toLowerCase() != "loadfromuri")
   // Ensure the headers object exists
   if (!args.settings.headers)
      args.settings.headers = {};
   // Add the authorization header
   var myUsername = "username";
   var myPassword = "password";
   args.settings.headers["Authorization"] = "Basic " + btoa(myUsername + ":" + myPassword);

Note: A request made by the DocumentViewer for loading an image does not fire this event by default. To fire the prepareAjax event for requests made to the service, simply set the DocumentViewer.useAjaxImageLoading property to true.

Below is a download link for the complete client-side demo for this:
File Attachment(s):
CustomHeaders.zip (355kb) downloaded 53 time(s).
Step 2: Pass-through the header within the Documents Service
By default, our Documents Service uses a blank WebClient for the LoadFromUri requests. However, you can provide a custom one by modifying the LoadDocumentOptions object used within the FactoryController.cs file:

Project Location: LEADTOOLS 20\Examples\JS\Documents\DocumentViewer\Services\DocumentsService
File Location: Controllers\FactoryController.cs
Line Number: 101 - 105

var loadOptions = new LoadDocumentOptions();
loadOptions.Cache = cache;
loadOptions.UseCache = cache != null;
loadOptions.CachePolicy = ServiceHelper.CreatePolicy();

// EDIT: Updated WebClient
loadOptions.WebClient = new WebClient();
// Pass-through various headers
string[] passthroughHeaders = new string[] { "Authorization" };
foreach (string header in passthroughHeaders)
   if (Request.Headers.Contains(header))
      if (Request.Headers.TryGetValues(header, out IEnumerable<string> values))
         foreach (string value in values)
            loadOptions.WebClient.Headers.Add(header, value);

As you can see from the passthroughHeaders variable in the snippet above, this can be easily extended to pass any header you'd like.

Optional step 3: Testing the authorization header
By default, this authorization header is not required. Below is the modification I made to the Documents Service for testing purposes.

Project Location: LEADTOOLS 20\Examples\JS\Documents\DocumentViewer\Services\DocumentsService
File Location: Controllers\TestController.cs
Line Number: 28

// EDIT: Added test endpoint
public HttpResponseMessage AuthorizedImage()
   // Configure expected username/password
   string expectedUsername = "username";
   string expectedPassword = "password";

   // Validate authentication header
   HttpResponseMessage response = new HttpResponseMessage
      Content = new StringContent("Unknown error"),
      StatusCode = HttpStatusCode.InternalServerError
      // Ensure header is present
      var authHeader = Request.Headers.Authorization;
      if (authHeader == null)
         throw new NullReferenceException("No authorization header present");

      // Validate scheme
      if (!authHeader.Scheme.Equals("basic", StringComparison.CurrentCultureIgnoreCase))
         throw new ArgumentException("Not using basic authorization");

      // Validate parameter
      string decoded = System.Text.Encoding.Default.GetString(
      var match = new System.Text.RegularExpressions.Regex("^([^:]*):(.*)$").Match(decoded);
      if (match == null || !match.Success)
         throw new ArgumentException("Parameter not formatted properly");

      // Validate some username and password
      if (!match.Groups[1].Value.Equals(expectedUsername))
         throw new ArgumentException("Invalid username");
      if (!match.Groups[2].Value.Equals(expectedPassword))
         throw new ArgumentException("Invalid password");
   catch (Exception ex)
      response.Content = new StringContent(
         $"Authorization header not configured properly: {ex.Message}"
      response.StatusCode = HttpStatusCode.Unauthorized;
      return response;

   // Validated successfully
   response.StatusCode = HttpStatusCode.OK;

   // Populate with data
   response.Content = new ByteArrayContent(
      System.IO.File.ReadAllBytes(@"C:\Users\Public\Documents\LEADTOOLS Images\cannon.jpg")

   return response;
Anthony Northrup
Developer Support Engineer
LEAD Technologies, Inc.


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