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ASP.NET AdRotator Control tutorials

  • The AdRotator control is used to displays an randomly selected advertisement banner on the Web page. The displayed advertisement changes whenever the page refreshes.

  • Advertisement information is stored in a separate XML file. The XML file allows you to maintain a list of advertisements and their associated attributes. Attributes include the path to an image to display, the URL to link to when the control is clicked, the alternate text to display when the image is not available, a keyword, and the frequency of the advertisement. Information in this file is not validated by the AdRotator control.



The syntax of AdRotator control is:

<asp:AdRotator AdvertisementFile="url"  AlternateTextField="string" ID="string" ImageUrlField="string"

runat="server"  Target="string|_blank|_parent|_search|_self|_top"  />


The Advertisement File:

  • The AdRotatorcontrol uses a separate XML advertisement file to store the advertisement information, such as the location of the image to display and the URL of the page to link to

  • Extensible Markup Language (XML) is a markup language that defines a set of rules for encoding documents in a format that is both human-readable and machine-readable. XML is designed to transport and store data.

  • The AdvertisementFile property of the AdRotator control specifies the path to this file.

  • The following table lists the data elements that are predefined for the XML advertisement file.





Optional, the text display in place of the image when the image specified by the ImageUrl property is not available

In some browsers, this text also appears as a ToolTip for the advertisement.


The height of the image to be displayed in pixels (optional)


A number that indicates the importance of the ad in the schedule of rotation relative to the other ads in the file (optional)


Optional, A category for the advertisement


Optional, Specifies the absolute or relative URL to an image file.


Optional, The URL of a page to link to if the user clicks the ad.


The width of the image to be displayed in pixels (optional)


  • The properties of the AdRotator class:

  • The below tables shows the list of properties of the AdRotator class:





Sets the path to the XML file that contains advertisement information


Sets a data field to use in place of the AlternateText attribute for an advertisement.


The control Id for retrieves the data.


Sets a data field for an advertisement


Filter the category keyword for specific types of advertisements in the XML advertisement file.


Specifies a data field to be used instead of the NavigateUrl attribute for an advertisement.


Specify the name of the browser window or frame that displays the contents of the Web page linked to when the AdRotator control is clicked by the user.


Specify the text displayed when the mouse pointer hovers over the Web server control.



Adrotatorfile.xml file code:


Following example shows the use of ASP.NET AdRotator Control (XML file):

Sam Sir


<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>





























AdrotatorControlExample.aspx.cs Code:


Following example shows the use of ASP.NET AdRotator Control:

Sam Sir


using System;

using System.Collections.Generic;

using System.Linq;

using System.Web;

using System.Web.UI;

using System.Web.UI.WebControls;


public partial class AdrotatorControlExample : System.Web.UI.Page


protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)








AdrotatorControlExample.aspx Code:



Following example shows the use of ASP.NET AdRotator Control:

Sam Sir


<%@ Page Language="C#" AutoEventWireup="true" CodeFile="AdrotatorControlExample.aspx.cs" Inherits="AdrotatorControlExample" %>

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "">

<html xmlns="">

<head runat="server">

<title>cbtSAM ASP.NET AdRotator Control Example</title>



<form id="form1" runat="server">


Adrotator Example<br />

<br />

<asp:AdRotator ID="AdRotator1" runat="server"

Target="_blank" AdvertisementFile="~/Adrotatorfile.xml" />








adrotator example

After refreshing the page:

adrotator example


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