This Tip will explain how to hide the loading gif image after the file is downloaded . It  will be helpful when we are using  Response Object to export the excel or any other file format.


Sometimes while  downloading an excel or any file from an Asp application, it might take some time to Generate the File, the delay  depends on many factors( file size, loops, server bandwidth etc ). So we repesent the File Generation process using a rotating GIF image next to the button.
But when we are using Response object we wont get the event after the file is downloaded to the browser, in this case it will be difficult to hide the loading gif which is being shown on the screen

The below steps will guide how to  Show the Gif while Generating and hide it once the file is completly downloaded.

Hide the GIF after download

  • When the download button is clicked, show the loading gif image using onclicentClick event and CSS properties
  • On the Client click event invoke a Javascript method which Contains a  Setinterval  object that moniters  for our cookie (created in c# Response object).
  • In the Server button click Event Create an HttpCookie and append it to the Respone object.
  • So when the File is downloaded completly the Cookie is added to the Page, Now the SetInterval function will capture the cookie and Hides the Loading Gif image.
  • Note: whenever the download button is clicked, previous cookie has to be deleted.

Using the code

protected void btnExportExcel_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
            DataTable dt = new DataTable();
            dt = GetDataFromDb();
            System.Threading.Thread.Sleep(3000); // for testing purpose to create 3 seconds delay
            //Create a temp GridView
            GridView gv = new GridView();
            gv.AllowPaging = false;
            gv.DataSource = dt;
            Response.Buffer = true;
            Response.AddHeader("content-disposition", "attachment;filename=ExcelReport.xls");
            Response.Charset = "";
            Response.ContentType = "application/";
            StringWriter sw = new StringWriter();
            HtmlTextWriter hw = new HtmlTextWriter(sw);
            // Append cookie
            HttpCookie cookie = new HttpCookie("ExcelDownloadFlag");
            cookie.Value = "Flag";
            cookie.Expires = DateTime.Now.AddDays(1);
            // end


                    <asp:Button Text="Download" ID="btnExportExcel" OnClientClick="jsShowHideProgress();" runat="server" OnClick="btnExportExcel_Click" />
                    <img style="display: none" id="imgloadinggif" src="Images/loading.gif" alt="loading.." />

Javascript Code:

function jsShowHideProgress() {
    setTimeout(function () { document.getElementById('imgloadinggif').style.display = 'block'; }, 200);

    var timeInterval = 500; // milliseconds (checks the cookie for every half second )

    var loop = setInterval(function () {
        if (IsCookieValid())
        { document.getElementById('imgloadinggif').style.display = 'none'; clearInterval(loop) }

    }, timeInterval);

// cookies
function deleteCookie() {
    var cook = getCookie('ExcelDownloadFlag');
    if (cook != "") {
        document.cookie = "ExcelDownloadFlag=; Path=/; expires=Thu, 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 UTC";

function IsCookieValid() {
    var cook = getCookie('ExcelDownloadFlag');
    return cook != '';

function getCookie(cname) {
    var name = cname + "=";
    var ca = document.cookie.split(';');
    for (var i = 0; i < ca.length; i++) {
        var c = ca[i];
        while (c.charAt(0) == ' ') {
            c = c.substring(1);
        if (c.indexOf(name) == 0) {
            return c.substring(name.length, c.length);
    return "";

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