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08 Apr 2021 / 3 minutes to read

Syncfusion project conversion is a Visual Studio add-in that converts an existing ASP.NET MVC application into the Syncfusion ASP.NET MVC (Essential JS 2) Web application by adding the required assemblies and resource files.


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

The following steps help you use the Syncfusion Project conversion in the existing ASP.NET MVC Web Application:

Before use, the Syncfusion ASP.NET MVC Project Conversion, check whether the ASP.NET MVC 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 Conversion will not be shown.

  1. Open an existing Microsoft ASP.NET MVC Web Application or create a new Microsoft ASP.NET MVC Web Application.
  2. Open the conversion dialog by either one of the options below:

Option 1:

Click Syncfusion Menu and choose Essential Studio for ASP.NET MVC (EJ2) > Convert to Syncfusion ASP.NET MVC Application… in Visual Studio.


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

Option 2:

Right-click the Project from Solution Explorer, select Syncfusion Essential JS 2, and choose the Convert to Syncfusion ASP.NET MVC (Essential JS 2) Application… Refer to the following screenshot for more information.

syncfusion-aspnet mvc

  1. Project Conversion Wizard opens to configure the project.

project conversion wizard

The following configurations are used in the Project conversion wizard.

Assets From: Load the Syncfusion Essential JS 2 assets to ASP.NET MVC Project, either NuGet, CDN, or Installed Location.

Choose the Theme: Choose the required theme. The Theme Preview section shows the controls preview before converting into a Syncfusion project.

  1. The Project Backup dialog will appear when Click the Convert button. In the dialog, if click Yes, it will backup the current project before converting into Syncfusion project. If click No, it will convert the project to Syncfusion project without backup.


  1. The required Syncfusion Reference Assemblies, Scripts, and CSS are included in the ASP.NET MVC Web Application. Refer to the following screenshots for more information.

syncfusion assemblies

syncfusion layout


  1. 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.