ASP.NET MVC Project Migration

9 Mar 20234 minutes to read

Project Migration is a Visual Studio add-in that helps migrate the existing Syncfusion ASP.NET MVC (Web), Syncfusion ASP.NET MVC (Mobile) Or Syncfusion ASP.NET MVC (Classic) project from one Syncfusion version to another Syncfusion version.

Syncfusion ASP.NET MVC and ASP.NET MVC (Classic) Project Migration Utility is included here,

  • Essential Studio for Enterprise Edition with the platforms ASP.NET MVC or ASP.NET MVC(Classic)
  • Essential Studio for ASP.NET MVC
  • Essential Studio for ASP.NET MVC (Classic)


This is not applicable from v. to v. The Syncfusion ASP.NET MVC and ASP.NET MVC (Classic) Project Migration Utilities are excluded from MVC Extension setup and integrated into Essential Studio ASP.NET MVC and ASP.NET MVC (Classic) platforms.

ASP.NET MVC (Classic) Conversion\Migration:

By default, the Syncfusion ASP.NET MVC Extensions are configured in Visual Studio. When you want the ASP.NET MVC (Classic) extension, you can install it from the installed location.

Project Conversion and Migration (ASP.NET MVC(Classic):

Location: {Drive}\Program Files (x86)\Syncfusion\Essential Studio\<Version>\Utilities\Extensions\ASP.NET MVC\Project Conversion

For Example - VS2013: C:\Program Files (x86)\Syncfusion\Essential Studio\\Utilities\Extensions\ASP.NET MVC\Project Conversion\4.5.1\Syncfusion Web (Classic) Conversion and Migration.vsix

Migrate Syncfusion MVC Project

The following steps help you migrate from one version to another version of your existing Syncfusion ASP.NET MVC application.

Before use, the Syncfusion ASP.NET MVC (Essential JS 1) Project Migration, check whether the Syncfusion Essential JS1 AspNet MVC VSExtensions installed or not in Visual Studio Extension Manager by clicking on the Tools -> Extensions and Updates -> Installed for Visual Studio 2017 or lower and for Visual Studio 2019 by clicking on the Extensions -> Manage Extensions -> Installed. Also, check whether the corresponding Essential Studio version build installed or not. If the Essential Studio version is not same for both the Extension and build, then the Project Migration will not be shown.

  1. To open Migration Wizard, follow either one of the options below:

    Option 1:
    Click Syncfusion Menu and choose Essential Studio for ASP.NET MVC (EJ1) > Migrate Project… in Visual Studio.

    Syncfusion Essential JS 1 ASP.NET MVC Project Migration via Syncfusion menu


    In Visual Studio 2019, Syncfusion menu available under Extension in Visual Studio menu.

    Option 2:
    Right-click the Syncfusion ASP.NET MVC Application from Solution Explorer and select Syncfusion Essential JS 1. Choose Migrate the Essential JS 1 Project to Another Version…

    Syncfusion Essential JS 1 ASP.NET MVC Project Migration add-in

  2. The Project Migration window appears. You can choose the required Syncfusion version that is installed in the machine that is either Syncfusion ASP.NET MVC or Syncfusion ASP.NET MVC (Classic).

    Syncfusion Essential JS 1 ASP.NET MVC Project Migration wizard

  3. The Project Migration window allows you to configure the following options:

    • Essential Studio Version: Select any version from the list of Installed Versions.

    • Assemblies From: The option Assemblies from add the assembly to project from the following locations.

      1. Added From GAC - Refer the assemblies from the Global Assembly Cache
      2. Added from Installed Location - Refer the assemblies from the Syncfusion Installed locations.
      3. Add Referenced Assemblies to Solution - Copy and refer to the assemblies from project’s solution file lib directory.
  4. Click the Migrate Button. The Project Backup dialog will be opened. If click Yes it will backup the current project before migrate the Syncfusion project. If click No it will migrate the project to required Syncfusion version without backup.

    Syncfusion Essential JS 1 ASP.NET MVC Project Migration backup dialog

  5. The Syncfusion Reference Assemblies, Scripts and CSS are updated to the corresponding version in the project.

  6. If you installed the trial setup or NuGet packages from you have to register the Syncfusion license key to your project since Syncfusion introduced the licensing system from 2018 Volume 2 (v16.2.0.41) Essential Studio release. Navigate to the help topic to generate and register the Syncfusion license key to your project. Refer to this blog post for understanding the licensing changes introduced in Essential Studio.