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How to use UriHelper or NavigationManager in .NET Core 3.0 & Blazor?

This post was most recently updated on March 28th, 2023.

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Just a quick piece of documentation, as this piece of code, has changed in different versions of .NET Core 3.0 so far a few times. Need to have things like this written down somewhere!

UriHelper / NavigationManager with .NET Core 3.0

Both of these helper libraries do essentially the same thing: navigate/browse/redirect the user to a different address, component, page or view in or by your web app. What you normally use this library for is exactly the same in all versions I’ve worked with, anyway, and that goes as follows:

// to redirect the user, do something like this:
uriHelper.NavigateTo("/yourPage"); // to do a dynamic refresh with injected UriHelper

navMan.NavigateTo("/yourPage", true); // to also force page refresh instead of a dynamic load with injected NavigationManager

See below for how to inject these dependencies into your pages and views!

< .NET Core 3.0 preview 7

Before preview 7, the UriHelper would be available from namespace Microsoft.AspNetCore.Blazor.Services. I suppose that made sense originally, if the services was to be used by just Blazor? This is how to use it:

@inject Microsoft.AspNetCore.Blazor.Services.IUriHelper UriHelper

.NET Core 3.0 preview 7

In .NET Core 3.0 preview 7, the UriHelper library’s (used in Blazor) namespace and usage has changed a bit.

Instead, it is now out of the Blazor namespace and in the Components.Services namespace.

@inject Microsoft.AspNetCore.Components.Services.IUriHelper UriHelper

.NET Core 3.0 preview 8

Yes, it’s changed again. Now it’s out of the “Services” namespace.

@inject Microsoft.AspNetCore.Components.IUriHelper UriHelper

.NET Core 3.0 preview 9 +

Okay, so I recall this has been the same in preview 9 and the GA version.

@inject NavigationManager NavigationManager

Yeah ok, so that’s that. Short and sweet for a change :)


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