Editor Templates Example in ASP.NET MVC

Editor Templates Example in ASP.NET  MVC
  • We commonly use HTML helpers and model binding while working with MVC Razor.
  • MVC framework smartly renders HTML for different type of data like textbox for string or int and checkbox for bool proeprty, when EditorFor or EditorForModel helper is used to render the control.
  • We often have requirement where we want something more like rendering dropdown for model's property of type enum.
  • This is where editor template comes to rescue the situation.
  • In this example, we will render a dropdown control for enum type model property.
        using System;
        using System.Collections.Generic;
        using System.Linq;
        using System.Web;
        using System.ComponentModel.DataAnnotations;

        namespace BindingDropdownToEnum.Models
            public class DropdownModel
                public players playerList { get; set; }

            public enum players
                Fabregas = 1,
                Rocisky = 2,
                Ozil = 3,
                Cazorla = 4

In the above view model we have created an enum named players. We have created one  class which has one poperty of type players (i.e. enum). We have used DataAnnotation attribute UIHint to indicate MVC framework the editor template to pick while rendering control for the property. In the above example, we are asking MVC framework to use DropDownList cshtml file under Editor Template folder.

    @model BindingDropdownToEnum.Models.DropdownModel

        ViewBag.Title = "DropdownBinding";



We have used EditorForModel to render controls for model properties.


    @using BindingDropdownToEnum.Models

    @Html.DropDownList("playerList", Enum.GetValues(typeof(players)).Cast<players>().Select(c => new SelectListItem { Text = c.ToString(), Value = c.ToString() }))

In the above EditorTemplate we have rendered a dropdownlist control using the enum. When the view is rendered, the UIHint attribute indicates MVC framework to use EditorTemplate to render the control.
                                       The editor templates are created under EditorTemplates folder which is under Shared folder. Thus using EditorTemplates we can render any control for any type of property using EditorForModel or EditorFor HTML helper.


The above textbox is rendered when UIHint attribute is not used. The below screenshot shows the result with using UIHint attribute.


  • Thus the editor templates can be used with EditorFor or EditorForModel helpers.
  • The editor templates can be used to render any type of control for model property.


  1. i have seen your videos its nice keep it up.but i have queries in MVC 4 and gridview just check it
    and post the solutions

    query1)in gridview i am using checkbox to select particular row based on checkbox checked
    partcular row should be in editable mode.

    query2)In MVC4 how to bind dropdown list base on database(that contains column names Countryid and country name).
    how to use seleceted index change event in MVC4 for dropdown lists

    country populate on pageload and state and city should populate base selected index change

    3)how to make visible true or false table tr and how to make visible true or false textbox or other controls or postback request.

    Please help waiting for your response