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The ASP.NET MVC Menu Bar is a graphical user interface control that serves as a navigation header for your web application or site. It supports data binding, templates, icons, multilevel nesting, and horizontal and vertical menus.

Data binding

Menu can be bound to data in the form of JavaScript object array collection. It supports self-referential or hierarchical structure of data.

Users tend to perceive visual information better than text. Include icons or sprite images to the menu items easily to provide a visual representation of the actions.

Templates is used to create custom user experience. Menu provides template for each menu item to customize the entire Menu UI.

Vertical Menu

ASP.NET MVC Menu supports its alignment in either vertical or horizontal orientation.

Multi-level nesting

Menu supports multi-level nested items. You can browse the sub-menu by hovering or clicking a parent item.

ASP.NET MVC Menu with multi level nesting

Integration with other controls

ASP.NET MVC Menu can be used with other controls. Adding a menu to other controls only requires simple configuration.

Built-in themes

ASP.NET MVC Menu supports built-in themes such as Bootstrap 5, Tailwind CSS, Fluent, high contrast, and more. Users can customize these built-in themes or create new themes to achieve the desired look and feel either by simply overriding SASS variables or using the Theme Studio application.

ASP.NET MVC Menu Bar Code Example

Easily get started with the ASP.NET MVC Menu Bar using a few simple lines of CSHTML and C# code example as demonstrated below. Also explore our ASP.NET MVC Menu Bar Example that shows you how to render and configure a Menu Bar in ASP.NET MVC.

@using Syncfusion.EJ2

@section ControlsSection{
    <div class="control-section">
        <div class="menu-control">
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Web;
using System.Web.Mvc;
using Syncfusion.EJ2.Navigations;

namespace EJ2MVCSampleBrowser.Controllers.Menu
    public partial class MenuController : Controller
        public ActionResult DataBinding()
            List<object> menuItems = new List<object>()
                new { id= "parent1", text= "Appliances" },
                new { id= "parent2", text= "Accessories" },
                new { id= "parent3", text= "Fashion" },               
                new { id= "parent6", text= "Kitchen", parentId= "parent1" },
                new { id= "parent7", text= "Washing Machine", parentId= "parent1" },
                new { id= "parent8", text= "Air Conditioners", parentId= "parent1" },
                new { id= "parent9", text= "Electric Cookers", parentId= "parent6" },
                new { id= "parent10", text= "Coffee Makers", parentId= "parent6" },
                new { id= "parent11", text= "Blenders", parentId= "parent6" },
                new { id= "parent12", text= "Fully Automatic", parentId= "parent7" },
                new { id= "parent13", text= "Semi Automatic", parentId= "parent7" },
                new { id= "parent14", text= "Inverter ACs", parentId= "parent8" },             
                new { id= "parent17", text= "Mobile", parentId= "parent2" },
                new { id= "parent18", text= "Computer", parentId= "parent2" },
                new { id= "parent19", text= "Headphones", parentId= "parent17" },              
                new { id= "parent22", text= "Pendrives", parentId= "parent18" },                
                new { id= "parent25", text= "Men", parentId= "parent3" },
                new { id= "parent26", text= "Women", parentId= "parent3" },
                new { id= "parent27", text= "Shirts", parentId= "parent25" },               
                new { id= "parent30", text= "Kurtas", parentId= "parent26" },                
                new { id= "parent35", text= "Beds", parentId= "parent33" },               
                new { id= "parent38", text= "Clocks", parentId= "parent34" },              

            ViewBag.menuItems = menuItems;
            return View();

Other supported frameworks

The Menu Bar component is also available in Blazor, React, Angular, JavaScript and Vue frameworks. Check out the different Menu Bar platforms from the links below,

Web Accessibility

  • Fully supports WAI-ARIA for working with screen readers and assistive devices.
  • Follows WAI-ARIA best practices for implementing keyboard interaction.
  • Based on WCAG 2.0 standards, we designed the UI element visuals such as foreground color, background color, line spacing, text and images
  • Supports right-to-left (RTL) text direction for users working in right-to-left languages like Hebrew, Arabic, or Persian.


Frequently Asked Questions

Syncfusion ASP.NET MVC Menu Bar provides the following features:

  • Display a multilevel menu with smooth animation that is dockable in the header and footer.
  • One of the best ASP.NET MVC Menu Bar in the market that offers feature-rich UI to interact with the software.
  • Customize menu items for templating or include other controls like Checkbox or Radio Button.
  • Utilize automatic collision detection and handling with submenu flip-and-fit.
  • Simple configuration and API.
  • Supports all modern browsers.
  • Expansive learning resources such as demos, and documentation to learn quickly and get started with ASP.NET MVC Menu Bar.

You can find our ASP.NET MVC Menu Bar demo here.

No, this is a commercial product and requires a paid license. However, a free community license is also available for companies and individuals whose organizations have less than $1 million USD in annual gross revenue, 5 or fewer developers, and 10 or fewer total employees.

A good place to start would be our comprehensive getting started documentation.

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