Start Aurelia from an ASP.NET 5 Controller

Last week was all about getting Aurelia up and running from inside of Visual Studio with an ASP.NET 5 project. In last week’s post I started Aurelia from an html page in the wwwroot folder. This week I am going to use a controller action to kick off Aurelia.

Start by modifying the default HomeController, or any controller of your choice, to add an Aurelia action that just returns a view.

public IActionResult Aurelia()
    return View();

Next right-click on the View/Home folder and add a new item.


Select MVC View Page and enter a name that matches the above controller action, Aurelia.cshtml for this example.


The contents of Aurelia.cshtml are very close to the html page from last week except for a couple of items. The aurelia-app is on a div instead of the body and the script source has been changed to go up a folder level since the view will be running out of the Home folder but the scripts will still be in the root of the site when it is being served.

<div aurelia-app>
    <script src="../jspm_packages/system.js"></script>
    <script src="../config.js"></script>

Now change _Layout.cshtml in the Views/Shared folder to provide a link to the new Aurelia action. In this case it is being added to the navigation bar.

<div class="navbar-collapse collapse">
    <ul class="nav navbar-nav">
        <li><a asp-controller="Home" asp-action="Index">Home</a></li>
        <li><a asp-controller="Home" asp-action="Aurelia">Aurelia</a></li>
        <li><a asp-controller="Home" asp-action="About">About</a></li>
        <li><a asp-controller="Home" asp-action="Contact">Contact</a></li>
    @await Html.PartialAsync("_LoginPartial")

A couple of use cases for this might be to split a really large application into multiple sub-spas to keep user from having to load data for parts of the application they may use infrequently. I bet this same concept could be achieved with Aurelia itself, but with an existing application the approach above maybe an easier way to start.

2 thoughts on “Start Aurelia from an ASP.NET 5 Controller”

  1. one thing i changed was in startup.cs, added a default route so it would load from the root. The use case in our situation was for requiring authentication from mvc. The advantage f\of this is to not have to change any paths.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.