Getting Started with ASP.NET MVC MultiSelect Control

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


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 25.2.3


Syncfusion ASP.NET MVC controls are available in 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.


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.

    <add namespace="Syncfusion.EJ2"/>

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,

    <!-- Syncfusion ASP.NET MVC controls styles -->
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="" />
    <!-- Syncfusion ASP.NET MVC controls scripts -->
    <script src=""></script>


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.

    <!-- Syncfusion ASP.NET MVC Script Manager -->

Add ASP.NET MVC MultiSelect control

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

@model List<string>

public ActionResult Index()
    List<string> data = new List<string>() { "Badminton", "Basketball", "Cricket", "Football", "Golf", "Gymnastics", "Hockey", "Tennis" };
    return View(data);

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

ASP.NET MVC MultiSelect Control

Configure the popup list

By default, the width of the popup list automatically adjusts according to the MultiSelect input element’s width, and the height auto adjust’s according to the height of the popup list items.

The height and width of the popup list can also be customized using the popupHeight and popupWidth properties respectively.

@model List<string>

@Html.EJS().MultiSelect("default").Placeholder("Select games").DataSource((IEnumerable<object>)Model).PopupHeight("220px").PopupWidth("300px").Render()
public ActionResult Index()
    List<string> data = new List<string>() { "Badminton", "Basketball", "Cricket", "Football", "Golf", "Gymnastics", "Hockey", "Tennis" };
    return View(data);


View Sample in GitHub.

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