Very naive question here: when you upload to SharePoint, are the files stored in the file system or in SQL Server?


The files are (generally) stored in SQL server in databases called content databases together with all other content, such as list items and metadata.


They are stored in the Content Database on SQL Server. There are provisions to offload the files to the file system and third party tools to assist with it.


Files that you upload within SharePoint to Document libraries are normally stored within SQL server.

However, if you're uploading files as part of a Feature that you are developing and installing, those files can be served from the filesystem OR from the database.

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