Getting Started with ASP.NET MVC ListView control

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This section briefly explains about how to include ASP.NET MVC ListView control in your ASP.NET MVC application using Visual Studio.

Prerequisites

System requirements for ASP.NET MVC controls

Create ASP.NET MVC application with HTML helper

Install ASP.NET MVC package in the application

To add ASP.NET MVC controls in the application, open the NuGet package manager in Visual Studio (Tools → NuGet Package Manager → Manage NuGet Packages for Solution), search for Syncfusion.EJ2.MVC5 and then install it.

Install-Package Syncfusion.EJ2.MVC5 -Version 26.1.35

NOTE

Syncfusion ASP.NET MVC controls are available in nuget.org. Refer to NuGet packages topic to learn more about installing NuGet packages in various OS environments. The Syncfusion.EJ2.MVC5 NuGet package has dependencies, Newtonsoft.Json for JSON serialization and Syncfusion.Licensing for validating Syncfusion license key.

NOTE

If you create ASP.NET MVC application with MVC4 package, search for Syncfusion.EJ2.MVC4 and then install it.

Add namespace

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

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

Add stylesheet and script resources

Here, the theme and script is referred using CDN inside the <head> of ~/Pages/Shared/_Layout.cshtml file as follows,

<head>
    ...
    <!-- Syncfusion ASP.NET MVC controls styles -->
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="https://cdn.syncfusion.com/ej2/26.1.35/fluent.css" />
    <!-- Syncfusion ASP.NET MVC controls scripts -->
    <script src="https://cdn.syncfusion.com/ej2/26.1.35/dist/ej2.min.js"></script>
</head>

NOTE

Checkout the Themes topic to learn different ways (CDN, NPM package, and CRG) to refer styles in ASP.NET MVC application, and to have the expected appearance for Syncfusion ASP.NET MVC controls. Checkout the Adding Script Reference topic to learn different approaches for adding script references in your ASP.NET MVC application.

Register Syncfusion script manager

Also, register the script manager EJS().ScriptManager() at the end of <body> in the ~/Pages/Shared/_Layout.cshtml file as follows.

<body>
...
    <!-- Syncfusion ASP.NET MVC Script Manager -->
    @Html.EJS().ScriptManager()
</body>

Add ASP.NET MVC ListView control

Now, add the Syncfusion ASP.NET MVC ListView control in ~/Views/Home/Index.cshtml page.

@Html.EJS().ListView("listview").Render()

Bind dataSource

After initialization, populate the ListView with data using the DataSource property. Here, the JSON values are passed to the ListView control.

@model List<object>

@Html.EJS().ListView("listview").DataSource((IEnumerable<object>)Model).Render()
public IActionResult Index()
{
    //define the array of JSON
    List<object> data = new List<object>();
    data.Add(new { text= "Artwork", id= "01" });
    data.Add(new { text= "Abstract", id= "02" });
    data.Add(new { text= "Modern Painting", id= "03" });
    data.Add(new { text= "Ceramics", id= "04" });
    data.Add(new { text= "Animation Art", id= "05" });
    data.Add(new { text= "Oil Painting", id= "06" });    
    return View(data);
}

Press Ctrl+F5 (Windows) or +F5 (macOS) to run the app. Then, the Syncfusion ASP.NET MVC ListView control will be rendered in the default web browser.

ASP.NET MVC ListView Control

NOTE

View Sample in GitHub.

See also

NOTE

You can refer to our ASP.NET MVC ListView feature tour page for its groundbreaking feature representations. You can also explore our ASP.NET MVC ListView Example that shows you how to render and configure the ListView in ASP.NET MVC.