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How to create an Excel file in ASP.NET MVC?

Syncfusion Essential XlsIO is a .NET Excel library used to create, read, and edit Excel documents. Using this library, you can create an Excel document in ASP.NET MVC.


Steps to create an Excel file programmatically:


  1. Create a new ASP.NET MVC application project.


Create ASP.NET MVC application in Visual Studio


  1. Install the Syncfusion.XlsIO.AspNet.Mvc5 NuGet package as reference to your .NET Framework application from NuGet.org.


Add XlsIO reference to the project


  1. A default controller with name HomeController.cs gets added on creation of ASP.NET MVC project. Include the following namespace in that HomeController.cs file.


using Syncfusion.XlsIO;



  1. A default action method named Index will be present in HomeController.cs. Right click on this action method and select Go To View where you will be directed to its associated view page Index.cshtml.


  1. Add a new button in the Index.cshtml as shown below.



  1. Add a new action method CreateDocument in HomeController.cs and include the below code snippet to create an Excel file and download it.




A complete working example of how to create an Excel file in ASP.NET MVC can be downloaded from Create-Excel-file.zip


By executing the program, you will get the Excel file as follows.


Create Excel File


Take a moment to peruse the documentation, where you can find basic worksheet data manipulation options along with features like Conditional Formatting, worksheet calculations through Formulas, adding Charts in worksheet or workbook, organizing and analyzing data through Tables and Pivot Tables, appending multiple records to worksheet using Template Markers, and most importantly PDF and Image conversions with code examples.


Refer here to explore the rich set of Syncfusion Essential XlsIO features.


An online sample link to generate Excel file.


See Also:


Create a Excel file in Xamarin

Create a Excel file in ASP.NET Core

Create a Excel file in Windows Forms

Create a Excel file in WPF



Starting with v16.2.0.x, if you reference Syncfusion assemblies from trial setup or from the NuGet feed, include a license key in your projects. Refer to link to learn about generating and registering Syncfusion license key in your application to use the components without trail message.

Article ID: Published Date: Last Revised Date: Platform: Control:
6971 07/12/2016 09/28/2018 ASP.NET MVC XlsIO
Did you find this information helpful?
Roman Nov 20, 2017

if I already have a file in excel on my server as I call it and add more data

Prasanth M [Syncfusion] Nov 23, 2017

Hi Roman,

Yes, you can open the existing Excel file and add more data using XlsIO.

Please refer the online sample and UG documentation link for the same.

Online Sample Link: http://mvc.syncfusion.com/demos/web/xlsio/default

UG Documentation Link: https://help.syncfusion.com/file-formats/xlsio/loading-and-saving-workbook



Mustafa Torun Dec 18, 2017

my man, save my day.

thnx a lot sycfusion.

Mohan Chandran [Syncfusion] Dec 19, 2017

Hi Mustafa,

Thank you for updating us.


Mohan Chandran.

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