Example: Retrieving Binary Data

The following query returns the product photo stored in a varbinary(max) type column. The BINARY BASE64 option is specified in the query to return the binary data in base64-encoded format.

Example

USE AdventureWorks2012;  
GO  
SELECT ProductPhotoID, ThumbNailPhoto  
FROM Production.ProductPhoto  
WHERE ProductPhotoID=1  
FOR XML RAW, BINARY BASE64 ;  
GO  

This is the result:

<row ProductModelID="1" ThumbNailPhoto="base64 encoded binary data"/>  

See Also

Use RAW Mode with FOR XML