Ajax Control Toolkit
The Ajax Control Toolkit contains a rich set of controls that you can use to build highly responsive and interactive Ajax-enabled Web applications. The Ajax Control Toolkit contains more than 40 controls, including the
AutoComplete, CollapsiblePanel, ColorPicker,
MaskedEdit, Calendar, Accordion,
HTML Editor Extender, and Watermark controls. Using the Ajax Control Toolkit, you can build Ajax-enabled ASP.NET Web Forms applications by dragging-and-dropping Toolkit controls from the Visual Studio Toolbox onto an ASP.NET Web
The latest release of the AJAX Control Toolkit is July 2013! Check out some of the new features at
the announcement at Stephen Walther's blog post including the improvements to performance with control bundles.
To view an interactive Web site that demonstrates each of the Ajax Control Toolkit controls, visit the
Ajax Control Toolkit Sample Site. The official website for the Ajax Control Toolkit -- which contains reference documentation, tutorials, and answers to
frequently asked questions -- is located at http://www.asp.net/ajaxlibrary/.
Visual Studio 2008 users, click the Downloads tab above and select the .NET 3.5 version of the toolkit.
Visual Studio 2010 users, install the ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit
in seconds via NuGet:
The easiest way to install the Ajax Control Toolkit into a Visual Studio 2010 project is via NuGet.
It's easy! If you don't have
NuGet, it's a very quick installation.
First, from with an ASP.NET Web Forms project in Visual Studio, install the
package, either from the GUI or from the Package Manager Console.
Next, for example, register the AjaxControlToolkit at the top of the page (or in the web.config for the whole project)
<%@ Register TagPrefix="asp" Namespace="AjaxControlToolkit" Assembly="AjaxControlToolkit"%>
Now, add a ToolkitScriptManager and use some of the controls! Here's how to turn a TextBox into a rich HTML editor.
<asp:ToolkitScriptManager runat="Server" />
Which gives you this:
There's lots more to see in the AJAX Control Toolkit, so have fun exploring...Enjoy!