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Getting started with ASP.NET MVC Breadcrumb control

08 Dec 2021 / 3 minutes to read

Starting with v19.3.0.x, if you reference Syncfusion assemblies from trial setup or from the NuGet feed, you also have to include a license key in your projects. Please refer to this link to know about registering Syncfusion license key in your ASP.NET MVC application to use our components.

Prerequisites

To get start with ASP.NET MVC application, need to ensure the following software to be installed on the machine.

  1. .Net Framework 4.5 and above.
  2. ASP.NET MVC 4 or ASP.NET MVC 5
  3. Visual Studio

Create ASP.NET MVC application

Create ASP.NET MVC Application with default template project in Visual Studio 2017.

Default Template

Adding Syncfusion package

Once your project created, we need to add Syncfusion EJ2 MVC package into your application by using NuGet Package Manager.

Open the NuGet package manager.

Solution Explorer

Install the Syncfusion.EJ2.MVC4 package to the application.

Nuget Demo

After Installation completed the Syncfusion DLL’s will be included in the project.

You need to install NewtonSoft.JSON as dependency since Syncfusion.EJ2.MVC dependent to NewtonSoft.JSON package.

Add Syncfusion.EJ2 namespace reference in Web.config under Views folder.

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<namespaces>
<add namespace="Syncfusion.EJ2"/>
</namespaces>

Adding Scripts and CSS reference

You can add client side resource through NuGet package manager or CDN in the layout page Views/Shared/_Layout.cshtml

NuGet Package Manager:

Install the Syncfusion.EJ2.Javascript package to the application.

Nuget Demo

After Installation completed the script and CSS will be included in the project under the Scripts and Content folder.

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<head>
@* Syncfusion Essential JS 2 Styles *@
<link href="~/Content/ej2/material.css" rel="stylesheet" />

@* Syncfusion Essential JS 2 Scripts *@
<script src="~/Scripts/ej2/ej2.min.js"></script>
</head>

Syncfusion.EJ2.Javascript includes typescript declaration files. If your application is not configured to compile typescript then exception may occur. To resolve this please refer here.

CDN Link:

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<head>
@* Syncfusion Essential JS 2 Styles *@
<link rel="stylesheet" href="https://cdn.syncfusion.com/ej2/material.css" />

@* Syncfusion Essential JS 2 Scripts *@
<script src="https://cdn.syncfusion.com/ej2/dist/ej2.min.js"></script>
</head>

Adding ScriptManager in layout page

Add ScriptManager to the bottom of the _Layout.cshtml page. The ScriptManager used to place our control initialization script in the page.

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@Html.EJS().ScriptManager()

Add Breadcrumb Component

To initialize the Breadcrumb component add the below code to your Index.cshtml view page which is present under Views/Home folder.

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@Html.EJS().Breadcrumb("default").Render()

Output be like the below.

Breadcrumb Sample

Add Items to the Breadcrumb Component

Use Items property to bind items for Breadcrumb component. The below example demonstrates the basic rendering of Breadcrumb with items support.

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@Html.EJS().Breadcrumb("default").Items(item =>
{
    item.IconCss("e-icons e-home").Url("https://ej2.syncfusion.com/home/aspnetmvc.html").Add();
    item.Text("Components").Url("https://ej2.syncfusion.com/aspnetmvc/Grid/GridOverview").Add();
    item.Text("Navigations").Url("https://ej2.syncfusion.com/aspnetmvc/Menu/DefaultFunctionalities").Add();
    item.Text("Breadcrumb").Url("https://ej2.syncfusion.com/aspnetmvc/Breadcrumb/DefaultFunctionalities").Add();
}).Render()

<style>
    @@font-face {
        font-family: 'e-bicons';
        src: url(data:application/x-font-ttf;charset=utf-8;base64,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) format('truetype');
        font-weight: normal;
        font-style: normal;
    }

    .e-bicons {
        font-family: 'e-bicons' !important;
        font-size: 14px;
    }
</style>

Output be like the below.

Breadcrumb Sample

Enable or Disable Navigation

This feature enables or disables the item navigation. By default, the navigation will be enabled when setting Url property. To prevent breadcrumb item navigation, set EnableNavigation property as false in Breadcrumb. The below example shows enabling and disabling the navigation of Breadcrumb items.

The following example shows a Enable or disable navigation of Breadcrumb.

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default.cs
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<div id="breadcrumb-control">      
    <div class='header'><b>EnableNavigation - false</b></div><br />
         @Html.EJS().Breadcrumb("disable").EnableNavigation(false).Items(item =>
         {
            item.IconCss("e-icons e-home").Url("https://ej2.syncfusion.com/home/aspnetmvc.html#platform").Add();
            item.Text("Components").Url("https://ej2.syncfusion.com/aspnetmvc/demos/#/material/grid/overview/").Add();
            item.Text("Navigations").Url("https://ej2.syncfusion.com/aspnetmvc/demos/#/material/menu/default").Add();
            item.Text("Breadcrumb").Url("https://ej2.syncfusion.com/aspnetmvc/Breadcrumb/BindToLocation").Add();
         }).Render()
    <br />
    <br/>
    <div class='header'><b>EnableNavigation - true</b></div><br />
        @Html.EJS().Breadcrumb("enable").EnableNavigation(true).Items(item =>
        {
            item.IconCss("e-icons e-home").Url("https://ej2.syncfusion.com/home/aspnetmvc.html#platform").Add();
            item.Text("Components").Url("https://ej2.syncfusion.com/aspnetmvc/demos/#/material/grid/overview/").Add();
            item.Text("Navigations").Url("https://ej2.syncfusion.com/aspnetmvc/demos/#/material/menu/default").Add();
            item.Text("Breadcrumb").Url("https://ej2.syncfusion.com/aspnetmvc/Breadcrumb/BindToLocation").Add();
        }).Render()       
</div> 

 <style>
    @@font-face {
        font-family: 'e-bicons';
        src: url(data:application/x-font-ttf;charset=utf-8;base64,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) format('truetype');
        font-weight: normal;
        font-style: normal;
    }

    .e-bicons {
        font-family: 'e-bicons' !important;
        font-size: 14px;
    }
    #breadcrumb-control {
        margin-left: auto;
        margin-right: auto;
        width: 60%;
    }
    
    #breadcrumb-control .header {
        text-align: left;
        padding-left: 10px;
    }
    
    #breadcrumb-control .e-control.e-breadcrumb {
        text-align: left;
    }

  </style>
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public ActionResult Index()
{
    return View();
}

Output be like the below.

Breadcrumb Sample