Learn MVC Using Angular UI-Router

Published Jul 20, 2017

Angular UI is a routing framework for a client-side, single page application and navigates from one view to another view. Angular UI-Router, however, is not just the “Route URL”; it maintains the application views based on a hierarchical tree of state. UI-Router provides a different approach than ngRoute, which we will be going over in this article. Also, the Angular UI-Router GitHub page can be found here

Why Do We Use Angular UI-Router?

ngRoute is an Angular Core module, which is good for a basic route concept, but UI-Router contributes two different types of concepts, which are given below.

  • State of the Application.
  • Nested views of the complex page.

Example of a Nested View

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How to Use UI-Router in ASP.NET MVC

Step 1

Open Visual Studio 2017 and go to File > New > Project.

Select the Web template and ASP.NET Web Application, as shown below:

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Step 2

Choose MVC in ASP.NET 4.6 templates.

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After the popup window, it will directly open the project solution, as shown below.

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Step 3

Download AngularJS and the Angular UI-Router file.

  • AngularJS Link.
  • Angular UI-Router Link.
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Create the new folder app,  and  add HTML and Javascript files, as shown above.

Let’s show the file name and the code.


<div class="jumbotron text-center"> <h1>AngularJS UI Route</h1> <a ui-sref=".template" class="btn btn-primary">Nested State</a> <a ui-sref=".list" class="btn btn-primary"> Nested State with Ctrl </a> <a class="btn btn-primary" ui-sref="multipleview">Multiple View</a> </div> <div ui-view></div>


<div>Language List</div> <div> <ul> <li ng-repeat="Lang in Language">{ Lang }</li> </ul> </div>


<table class="table table-hover table-striped table-bordered"> <thead> <tr> <td>Car List</td> </tr> </thead> <tbody> <tr ng-repeat="Car in CarList"> <td>{ Car}</td> </tr> </tbody> </table>


<button class="btn btn-primary" ui-sref="home">Home</button> <div class="row"> <div class="col-sm-12"> <div ui-view="ViewOne"></div> </div> </div> <div class="row"> <div class="col-sm-6"> <div ui-view="ViewTwo"></div> </div> <div class="col-sm-6"> <div ui-view="ViewThree"></div> </div> </div>


var uiroute = angular .module('uiroute', ['ui.router']);


uiroute.config(function ($stateProvider, $urlRouterProvider) { $urlRouterProvider.otherwise('/home'); $stateProvider // State managing .state('home', { url: '/home', templateUrl: '/App/Test/home.html' }) // nested list with data .state('home.template', { url: '/template', template: 'Welcome to the C# Corner' }) // nested list with controller .state('home.list', { url: '/list', templateUrl: '/App/Test/homelist.html', controller: function ($scope) { $scope.Language = ['C#', 'VB', 'JavaScript','PHP']; } }) // State with multiple views .state('multipleview', { url: '/multipleview', views: { '': { templateUrl: '/App/Test/multipleview.html' }, 'ViewOne@multipleview': { template: 'Welcome to the C# Corner!' }, 'ViewTwo@multipleview': { templateUrl: '/App/Test/dataList.html', controller: 'CarController' }, 'ViewThree@multipleview': { templateUrl: '/App/Test/homelist.html', controller: function ($scope) { $scope.Language = ['C#', 'VB', 'JavaScript', 'PHP']; } } } }); });


uiroute.controller('CarController', function ($scope) { $scope.CarList = ['Audi', 'BMW', 'Bugatti', 'Jaguar']; });

Route Module

“ui-router” - dependence module.

“$stateProvider, $urlRouterProvider” – state and route provider.

“$state”- Getting a parameter as a service.

“$urlRouterProvider.otherwise” - default route provider.

“ui-view” - template view directive.

“ui-sref” - link directive.

“uiroute” – this is the module name and mentions ng-app directive.

Step 4

Link the corresponding files in _Layout.html and mention the ui-view here, as shown below:


<div ui-view></div>


<!DOCTYPE html> <html> <head> <meta charset="utf-8" /> <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0"> <title>@ViewBag.Title - My ASP.NET Application</title> @Styles.Render("~/Content/css") @Scripts.Render("~/bundles/modernizr") </head> <body> <div class="navbar navbar-inverse navbar-fixed-top"> <div class="container"> <div class="navbar-header"> <button type="button" class="navbar-toggle" data-toggle="collapse" data-target=".navbar-collapse"> <span class="icon-bar"></span> <span class="icon-bar"></span> <span class="icon-bar"></span> </button> </div> </div> </div> <div class="container body-content" ng-app="uiroute"> @RenderBody() <hr /> <footer> <p>© @DateTime.Now.Year - My ASP.NET Application</p> </footer> </div> @Scripts.Render("~/bundles/jquery") @Scripts.Render("~/bundles/bootstrap") <script src="~/Plugin/angular/angular.min.js"></script> <script src="~/Plugin/angular-ui-router/release/angular-ui-router.min.js"></script> <script src="~/App/App.module.js"></script> <script src="~/App/App.config.js"></script> <script src="~/App/CarController.js"></script> @RenderSection("scripts", required: false) </body> </html>

Step 5

Once the above step completes, run the Application or click F5. The output is opened as a default browser. 

Output 1 - Following $State

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Output 2

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Output 3 - Nested View Using Controller

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Output 4 - Multiple Views of the Single Page

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In this article, we have seen MVC, using Angular UI-Router. If you have any queries, please ask me in the comments section. Happy coding!

If you enjoyed this article, please refer to my other article on JavaScript: Learn Basics Of MVC Using AngularJS

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