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Changing the Theme On The Client


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How can I allow the user to change the theme in my Telerik UI for ASP.NET MVC application?


The step-by-step guide below demonstrates how to allow the user to change the theme of the application. The demonstrated approach uses cookies to store the theme selected by the user.

1. Adding a DropDownList for Theme Selection

Add a UI for ASP.NET MVC DropDownList to the _Layout.cshtml file for theme selection.

        .OptionLabel("Select Theme")
        .DataSource(source =>
            source.Read(read =>
                    read.Action("GetThemes", "Home");
            }).Events(ev => ev.Change("themeSelection"))
        .HtmlAttributes(new { style = "float: right" })

2. Sending Information about the Theme to the Server

  1. Upon selection of a theme, pass the selected theme name to an action method responsible for setting the theme.

        function themeSelection(e) {
            var selectedTheme = e.sender.dataItem();
                url: "/Home/SetTheme",
                data: { selection: selectedTheme.ThemeId },
                success: function (data) {
                    window.location = data.url;
  2. Append the name of the selected theme to a cookie.

        public ActionResult SetTheme(string selection)
            HttpCookie cookie = Request.Cookies.Get("theme");
            if(cookie == null)
                cookie = new HttpCookie("theme", selection) { Expires = DateTime.Now.AddMinutes(10) };
                cookie.Value = selection;
            var returnUrl = Request.Headers["Referer"].ToString();
            return Json(new { result = "Redirect", url = returnUrl });

3. Loading the Selected Theme

Set the theme in the _Layout.cshtml file by following the requirements discussed in the Including Client-Side Resources article. In the current example, the selected theme name is retrieved from the cookie and the CDN URL for theme is generated.

If you store the stylesheets within the application, an alternative approach is to generate the URL to the stylesheet for the selected theme.

        var mainHref = "";
        var selectedTheme = "classic/classic-main";

        if (Request.Cookies["theme"] != null)
            selectedTheme = Request.Cookies["theme"].Value;

        if (selectedTheme == "custom")
            <link rel="stylesheet" href="~/css/styles/kendo.custom.css" />

            var themeHref = mainHref + selectedTheme + ".css";
            <link href=@themeHref rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" />

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