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Shekhar Tarare
Shekhar Tarare

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Passing Parameters to Partial Views in ASP.NET MVC


Partial views are a powerful feature in ASP.NET MVC that allows you to encapsulate and reuse portions of your views. Sometimes, you may need to pass parameters or data to these partial views to make them more dynamic. In this blog post, we will explore different methods for passing parameters to partial views in ASP.NET MVC.

Method 1: Using Html.RenderPartial or Html.Partial

1. Create Your Parent View

  • Start by creating the main view where you want to render the partial view.

        string parameterToPass = "Value to pass goes here";
        @Html.Partial("_YourPartialView", parameterToPass)
  • By using @Html.Partial(“_YourPartialView”, parameterValue), you pass the parameterValue from the parent view to the partial view.

2. Create Your Partial View

  • Next, create the partial view you want to render, in this case, “_YourPartialView.cshtml”.

    @model string
    <p>Parameter value passed from the parent view: @Model</p>
  • In the partial view, the @model directive is used to specify the data type of the parameter. In this example, it’s a string.

Method 2: Using a Model

1. Create a Model Class

  • If you have multiple parameters to pass to the partial view, it’s a good idea to create a model class to encapsulate them.

    public class MyViewModel
        public string Parameter1 { get; set; }
        public int Parameter2 { get; set; }

2. Create Your Parent View

  • In the parent view, create an instance of the model and populate its properties.

        var model = new MyViewModel
            Parameter1 = "Random string",
            Parameter2 = 42
        @Html.Partial("_YourPartialView1", model)

3. Create Your Partial View

  • In the partial view, specify the model type and access its properties.

    @model MyViewModel
    <p>Parameter 1: @Model.Parameter1</p>
    <p>Parameter 2: @Model.Parameter2</p>
  • With this method, you pass a model containing multiple parameters to the partial view.

Method 3: ViewBag or ViewData

You can also use ViewBag or ViewData to pass data to partial views, but it’s generally less type-safe and not recommended for complex scenarios. Here’s how you can do it:

1. Parent View

        ViewBag.Parameter = "Value to pass";
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  • In this method, data is stored in ViewBag or ViewData in the parent view.

2. Partial View

    <p>Parameter value from ViewBag: @ViewBag.Parameter</p>
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  • ViewBag will be accessed directly in the partial view.


Passing parameters to partial views in ASP.NET MVC allows you to create more dynamic and reusable views. Choose the method that best fits your needs based on the complexity of the data you want to pass. While all methods are valid, using a model is considered a best practice for structured data and type safety. Each method provides a way to make your views more flexible and responsive to different data sources and scenarios.

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