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Configure a Visual Studio Project

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Install Required Packages

Perform the following steps to install the Spreadsheet control’s NuGet packages:

  1. Right-click the Dependencies node in the Solution Explorer and select Manage NuGet Packages in the invoked context menu.

    Solution Explorer

  2. Select DevExpress 23.1 Local in the Package source drop-down list and go to the Browse page. Locate the DevExpress.AspNetCore.Spreadsheet package and install it.


Configure the Project

  1. Right-click the application’s name in the Solution Explorer and select Add | Add New Item. In the invoked Add New Item dialog, select the Installed | Visual C# | ASP.NET Core | Web category and the npm Configuration File item template. Click Add.


    This adds the package.json file to the project. Open this file and add the following dependencies:

      "version": "1.0.0",
      "name": "",
      "private": true,
      "dependencies": {
        "devextreme-dist": "23.1.6",
        "devexpress-aspnetcore-spreadsheet": "23.1.6"
  2. Right-click the package.json file and select Restore Packages. This adds the node_modules directory to the application folder.

  3. Add the following code to the Program.cs file to configure the application, so that it can serve the node_modules directory’s files:

    using Microsoft.Extensions.FileProviders;
    using Microsoft.AspNetCore.Mvc;
    app.UseStaticFiles(new StaticFileOptions {
        FileProvider = new PhysicalFileProvider(Path.Combine(app.Environment.ContentRootPath, "node_modules")),
        RequestPath = "/node_modules"

    Note that the code above makes all the files in the node_modules directory accessible from the client. To restrict access, bundle and minify assets (for example, using Gulp).

Register Static Resources

  1. In the _ViewImports.cshtml file, import the DevExpress.AspNetCore namespace that all views in the project should use.

    @using DevExpress.AspNetCore
  2. Create or open an existing view (for example, the Index.cshtml file), and register the resources in the header section as shown below.

    <script src="~/node_modules/devextreme-dist/js/dx.all.js"></script>
    <link href="~/node_modules/devextreme-dist/css/dx.light.css" rel="stylesheet" />
    @* If you localize the control, you should register localization resources before the control script registration.*@
    <script src="~/node_modules/devexpress-aspnetcore-spreadsheet/localization/"></script>
    <script src="~/node_modules/devexpress-aspnetcore-spreadsheet/dist/dx-aspnetcore-spreadsheet.js"></script>
    <link href="~/node_modules/devexpress-aspnetcore-spreadsheet/dist/dx-aspnetcore-spreadsheet.css" rel="stylesheet" />