How do you create a dropdownlist from an enum in asp net mvc

Creating a Dropdownlist from an Enum in ASP.NET MVC

Dropdownlists are commonly used in web applications to allow users to select a from a predefined list of options. In ASP.NET MVC, you can easily a dropdownlist from an enum using the Html.DropDownListFor helper method.

To begin, let's assume we have an enum called Color with the following :

public enum Color

Step 1: Create a ViewModel

In order to bind the dropdownlist to a model property, we need to create a ViewModel that the enum property. Let's create a ViewModel called ColorViewModel with a property called SelectedColor:

public class ColorViewModel
    public Color SelectedColor { get; set; }

Step 2: Create a Controller

Next, we need to create a controller action that will handle the GET request and pass the enum values to the view. Let's create an action called Index in our controller:

public ActionResult Index()
    var model = new ColorViewModel();
    return View(model);

Step 3: Create a View

Now, let's create a view called Index. and bind the dropdownlist to the SelectedColor property of our ViewModel:


In the above code, we use the Html.DropDownListFor helper method to generate the dropdownlist. We pass the SelectedColor property as the value and use the Enum.GetValues method to get all the enum values. We then use the Select method to convert each enum value into a object with the appropriate text and value.

We also provide a default option with the text “Select a color” using the overload of the Html.DropDownListFor method.

Step 4: Handle the POST Request

Finally, we need to handle the POST request in our controller action to process the selected value. Let's modify the Index action to handle the form submission:

public ActionResult Index(ColorViewModel model)
    // Process the selected color
    var selectedColor = model.SelectedColor;

    // Do something with the selected color

    return RedirectToAction("Index");

In the above code, we the selected color from the SelectedColor property of the submitted ColorViewModel object. We can then perform any necessary processing with the selected color.

That's it! You have successfully created a dropdownlist from an enum in ASP.NET MVC. Feel free to customize the code to fit your specific .

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