How to serve up .json files from a Windows Azure Website

So it turns out that Windows Azure Websites won’t serve up static .json files by default, no matter how many times you hit F5 !

If you try to access a file you’ll see a 404 File Not Found Error, because the MIME Type of .json is not set by default. This also applies  for other “non-standard” file that  need a specificMIME Type such as mp3, csv etc.

To fix this issue you need to set the correct MIME types in your web.config file and redeploy – easy when you know how!

<?xml version="1.0"?>

            <mimeMap fileExtension=".json" mimeType="application/json" />

More information on configuring MIME types in IIS here..

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