How to check if a file is an image

You can always check the extension to be “jpg, jpeg, gif, tiff, png, bmp” but sometimes, malicious attackers can upload an exe file with the wrong extension and then use a series of commands to remove the extension/run the file on the server.

How to check extension:

public static readonly List ImageExtensions = new List { ".JPG", ".JPE", ".BMP", ".GIF", ".PNG" };

private void button_Click(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
    var folder = Environment.GetFolderPath(Environment.SpecialFolder.Desktop);
    var files = Directory.GetFiles(folder);
    foreach(var f in files)
        if (ImageExtensions.Contains(Path.GetExtension(f).ToUpperInvariant()))
            // process image

The other option would be .NET 4.5:
MimeMapping.GetMimeMapping Method


static Extension()
        ImageTypes = new Dictionary();

    ///      Registers a hexadecimal value used for a given image type 
    ///      The type of image, example: "png" 
    ///      The type of image, example: "89504E470D0A1A0A" 
    public static void RegisterImageHeaderSignature(string imageType, string uniqueHeaderAsHex)
        Regex validator = new Regex(@"^[A-F0-9]+$", RegexOptions.CultureInvariant);

        uniqueHeaderAsHex = uniqueHeaderAsHex.Replace(" ", "");

        if (string.IsNullOrWhiteSpace(imageType))         throw new ArgumentNullException("imageType");
        if (string.IsNullOrWhiteSpace(uniqueHeaderAsHex)) throw new ArgumentNullException("uniqueHeaderAsHex");
        if (uniqueHeaderAsHex.Length % 2 != 0)            throw new ArgumentException    ("Hexadecimal value is invalid");
        if (!validator.IsMatch(uniqueHeaderAsHex))        throw new ArgumentException    ("Hexadecimal value is invalid");

        ImageTypes.Add(uniqueHeaderAsHex, imageType);

    private static Dictionary ImageTypes;

    public static bool IsImage(this Stream stream)
        string imageType;
        return stream.IsImage(out imageType);

    public static bool IsImage(this Stream stream, out string imageType)
        stream.Seek(0, SeekOrigin.Begin);
        StringBuilder builder = new StringBuilder();
        int largestByteHeader = ImageTypes.Max(img => img.Value.Length);

        for (int i = 0; i  img == builtHex);
            if (isImage)
                imageType = ImageTypes[builder.ToString()];
                return true;
        imageType = null;
        return false;