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Creating New Telerik UI for ASP.NET Core Projects

This article demonstrates how to create a new Telerik UI for ASP.NET Core application by using the templates that come with the Telerik Extensions for Visual Studio. The newly created project will have the required setup that enables you to immediately start using the Telerik UI for ASP.NET Core components.

To use the project templates, you start the Create New Project Wizard provided by the Telerik UI for ASP.NET Core Visual Studio Extensions. With the project templates, you can quickly deploy popular components like Grid and Menu or even entire applications. You don't need to manually add the client-side resources—the Create New Project Wizard handles this task for you.

Getting the Wizard

To use the Create New Project Wizard, install the Telerik UI for ASP.NET Core Extension.

If you have an older version of the Telerik Extensions for Visual Studio and you want to create a new Telerik UI for ASP.NET Core project with version 2023.1.314 (R1 2023 SP1), or a newer version of the components, you must first update the Telerik Extension. To download and install the latest version of the Telerik Extensions, follow the Installing from Visual Studio Marketplace instructions.

Using the Wizard

The exact steps to start the wizard may vary between the different Visual Studio versions. The following instructions describe the steps for Visual Studio 2019.

To create a new Telerik UI for ASP.NET Core application, use the Create New Project Wizard. The wizard detects all installed versions of Telerik UI for ASP.NET Core and lists them in the Version dropdown—this enables you to apply the desired version to your project.

To start the wizard, use either of the following approaches:

  • Using the Visual Studio 2019 Extensions menu:

    1. Go to Extensions > Telerik > Telerik UI for ASP.NET Core.
    2. Click Create New Telerik Project.

    UI for ASP.NET Core Visual Studio Extensions menu

  • Using the Project menu:

    1. Click File > New > Project.
    2. Type Telerik in the Search for templates textbox. Click on the Telerik ASP.NET Core MVC Telerik Application.

    UI for ASP.NET Core New project Template

Configuring the Project

With the Create New Project Wizard you can select the desired:

  • Target framework
  • .NET Core version
  • Tag or HTML Helpers
  • Telerik UI Version
  • Project Template
  • Visual Theme

Target Framework

The Create New Project Wizard allows you to select a target Framework.


If the target Framework dropdown is disabled check the troubleshooting section.

UI for ASP.NET Core Selecting a target framework

.NET Core version

Click on the desired ASP.NET Core version.

UI for ASP.NET Core The ASP.NET version options

Helper Selection

You can choose if you want the template project to use HtmlHelpers or TagHelpers in its Views. In this article, we use the Tag option.

UI for ASP.NET Core HTML/Tag helper options

UI for ASP.NET Core version

The Project wizard allows you to select the desired version of UI for ASP.NET Core. If there is a newer version available that is not downloaded on the machine, you can obtain it without exiting the wizard.

UI for ASP.NET Core Product version options

Available Templates

The following project templates are available:

UI for ASP.NET Core Project template options

Project Description
Blank The Blank template has the package references and the client-side resources loaded in the view. It also features the expected JSON serialization configuration in the Startup.cs file. The Kendo Editor templates are included in the ~Views\Shared\EditorTemplates folder.

The Standard template features:

  • Everything from the Blank Project.
  • Responsive Panel and Menu in _Layout.cshtml.
  • PanelBar in Index.cshtml.
  • TabStrip in Contact.cshtml.
  • HTML styled with [Cards]( CSS in About.cshtml.
Grid and Menu

The Grid and Menu template features:

  • Everything from the Blank Project.
  • Buttons and Grid in Index.cshtml.
  • Responsive Panel and Menu in _Layout.cshtml.
Grid Razor Pages The Grid Razor Pages template includes everything from the Blank Project. It features an editable grid in Index.cshtml that uses handlers to obtain and manipulate its data. It shows how to send the Anti-forgery Tokens as well.

The Dashboard template features:

  • Everything from the Blank Project except the editor templates.
  • A TileLayout with Charts and Grids in Index.cshtml as well as a Shared DataSource and dynamicaly populated templates.

The Admin is a Razor Pages template configured with TagHelpers. It features:


The Select Theme option allows you to preview all of the available LESS and SASS themes and select the desired one. After the selection is made, the project will include only the files that are required by the selected theme in the _Layout.cshtml.

UI for ASP.NET Core Project Wizard Select Theme

Creating the Application

After configuring the settings of the project, click Finish to start creating the new Telerik UI for ASP.NET Core application.

As a result, the wizard:

  • Creates a new ASP.NET Core application.
  • Adds CDN references for the Kendo UI styles and scripts to the Layout file of the project.
  • Copies all Kendo UI editor templates.

  • Adds a package reference to the Telerik.UI.for.AspNet.Core NuGet package.

The wizard creates a Templates folder in the root of the application. By default, the Templates folder is not visible and is not included in the project. To display it, select the Show All Files button in the Solution Explorer of Visual Studio.

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