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08 Apr 2021 / 3 minutes to read

Syncfusion Project Migration is a Visual Studio add-in that allows you to migrate the existing Syncfusion ASP.NET Core Web Application from one Essential Studio version to another version.


The Syncfusion ASP.NET Core (Essential JS 2) Web Application Project Migration utility is available from v16.3.0.17.

The following steps help you to migrate your existing Syncfusion ASP.NET Core Web Application.

Before use, the Syncfusion ASP.NET Core Project Migration, check whether the ASP.NET Core Extensions - Syncfusion installed or not in Visual Studio Extension Manager by clicking on the Tools -> Extensions and Updates -> Installed for Visual Studio 2017 or lower and for Visual Studio 2019 by clicking on the Extensions -> Manage Extensions -> Installed. Also, check whether the corresponding Essential Studio version build installed or not. If the Essential Studio version is not same for both the Extension and build, then the Project Migration will not be shown.

  1. To open Migration Wizard, follow either one of the options below:

Option 1

Click Syncfusion Menu and choose Essential Studio for ASP.NET Core (EJ2) > Migrate Project… in Visual Studio.

migrate project

In Visual Studio 2019, Syncfusion menu is available under Extension in Visual Studio menu.

Option 2

Right-click the Syncfusion ASP.NET Core Application from Solution Explorer and select Syncfusion Essential JS 2. Choose Migrate the Essential JS 2 Project to Another version…

migrate syncfuion project

  1. The Project Migration window appears. You can choose the required Essential Studio version that is installed in the machine.

    project migration

  2. The Project Migration window allows you to configure the following options:
  3. Essential Studio Version: Select a version from the list of installed Syncfusion versions.
  4. Assets From: Load the Syncfusion Essential JS 2 assets to ASP.NET Core Project, either NuGet, CDN or Installed Location.

    Installed location option will be available only when the Syncfusion Essential JavaScript 2 setup has been installed.

  5. Click the Migrate Button. The Project Backup dialog appears. In the dialog, if you click Yes, it will backup the current project before migrating the Syncfusion project. If you click No, it will migrate the project to required Syncfusion version without backup.

    project backup

  6. The Syncfusion Reference Assemblies, Scripts, and CSS are updated to the corresponding version in the project.
  7. If you installed the trial setup or NuGet packages from you have to register the Syncfusion license key to your project since Syncfusion introduced the licensing system from 2018 Volume 2 (v16.2.0.41) Essential Studio release. Navigate to the help topic to generate and register the Syncfusion license key to your project. Refer to this blog post for understanding the licensing changes introduced in Essential Studio.