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Creating New Telerik UI for ASP.NET MVC Projects

This article demonstrates how to create a new Telerik UI for ASP.NET MVC 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 MVC components.

To use the project templates, you start the Create New Project Wizard provided by the Telerik UI for ASP.NET MVC 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 MVC 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Visual Studio and you want to create a new Telerik UI for ASP.NET MVC project with version 2023.1.314 (R1 2023 SP1), or a newer version of the components, you must first update the Telerik Extension.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 2022.

To create a new Telerik UI for ASP.NET MVC application, use the Create New Project Wizard. The wizard detects all installed versions of Telerik UI for ASP.NET MVC 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 2022 Extensions menu:

    1. Go to Extensions > Telerik > Telerik UI for ASP.NET MVC.
    2. Click Create New Telerik Project.
  • Using the Project menu:

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

Creating the Application

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

As a result, the wizard:

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

  • (Optional) Copies the Kendo.Mvc assembly to your solution folder—it is possible to change this setting in the Visual Studio Extensions Options.

  • Adds a reference to the Kendo.Mvc assembly.

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.

Custom Modernizr

The Telerik UI ASP.NET MVC application includes a custom stripped-down Modernizr in a file called kendo.modernizr.custom.js. It provides HTML5 element support for old browsers, specifically Internet Explorer.

If you need the Modernizr in your application, remove the existing Modernizr and register another version which includes more components and features. In such cases, if HTML5 element support is required, include the html5shiv component to make sure that the newly registered Modernizr provides such support.


When you select a theme, you can select between three main themes: Default, Bootstrap, and Material. In addition to the styles of the main theme, you can select a specific swatch. A swatch is a set of variables which customize the appearance of the selected main visual theme.

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