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Populate Dropdown Using Enum (Asp.Net MVC)

Hi folks, I am new to Asp.Net MVC. I was trying to populate a dropdown from an Enum.

After searching on web couldn’t realy find a direct solution, so thought to do in my own way and finally  got this solution.

Now here is an excertp from my code.

MyEmun is the Enum from which I want to populate the dropdown.

public enum MyEnum


Day = 1 ,

Month = 2,

Year = 3


MyEnumList() is a function that return a collection of SelectListItem that is used to populate the Dropdown.

private IList<SelectListItem> MyEnumList()


string[] names = Enum.GetNames(typeof(MyEnum));

Array values = Enum.GetValues(typeof(MyEnum));

IList<SelectListItem> items = new List<SelectListItem>();

for (int i = 0; i < names.Length; i++)


int val = (int)values.GetValue(i);

items.Add(new SelectListItem


Text = names[i],

Value = val.ToString()



return items;


Pass the return value of MyEnumList()  using ViewData from your controller to the view where you have the dropdown

ViewData[“MyList”] = MyEnumList ();

And finally populate your dropdown

<%=Html.DropDownList(“MyDropDown”,new SelectList((IList)ViewData[“MyList “],”Value”,”Text”))%>

hope this would helps 🙂