Dropdownlist from an enum in ASP.NET MVC

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I'm trying to use the Html.DropDownList extension method but can't figure out how to use it with an enumeration.

Let's say I have an enumeration like this:

public enum ItemTypes
    Movie = 1,
    Game = 2,
    Book = 3

How do I go about creating a dropdown with these values using the Html.DropDownList extension method? Or is my best bet to simply create a for loop and create the html elements manually?

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    Re: Dropdownlist from an enum in ASP.NET MVC

    I rolled Rune's answer into an extension method:

    namespace MyApp.Common
        public static class MyExtensions{
            public static SelectList ToSelectList<TEnum>(this TEnum enumObj)
                where TEnum : struct, IComparable, IFormattable, IConvertible
                var values = from TEnum e in Enum.GetValues(typeof(TEnum))
                    select new { Id = e, Name = e.ToString() };
                return new SelectList(values, "Id", "Name", enumObj);

    This allows you to write:

    ViewData["taskStatus"] = task.Status.ToSelectList();

    by using MyApp.Common

      Modified On Apr-06-2018 06:52:33 AM