Create WinForms application
3 Feb 2021 / 4 minutes to read
Syncfusion provides the Visual Studio Project Template for the Syncfusion WinForms platform to create the Syncfusion WinForms Application by adding the required Syncfusion assemblies and forms.
The Syncfusion Windows Forms templates are available from v188.8.131.52.
Use the following steps to create the Syncfusion Windows Forms project through the Visual Studio Project Template.
Before use the Syncfusion WinForms Project Template, check whether the WinForms Extensions - Syncfusion 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.
To create a Syncfusion Windows Forms project, follow either one of the options below:
Click Syncfusion Menu and choose Essential Studio for WinForms > Create New Syncfusion Project… in Visual Studio.
In Visual Studio 2019, Syncfusion menu is available under Extensions in Visual Studio menu.
Choose File > New > Project and navigate to Syncfusion > Windows > Syncfusion Windows Forms Application in Visual Studio.
In Visual Studio 2019 Select File -> New -> Project. Opens a new dialog to create a new project. You can obtain the templates provided by Syncfusion for WinForms by filtering the project type with Syncfusion or by using the Syncfusion keyword in the search option.
Name the Project, choose the destination location when required, and set the .NET Framework of the project, then click OK.
Minimum target Framework is 3.5 for Syncfusion WinForms project templates.
Choose the options to configure the Syncfusion WinForms Application by using the following Project Configuration Wizard.
In Visual Studio 2019 Syncfusion Windows Forms Application project configuration wizard.
Project Type: Select the project type, either .NET Framework or .NET Core.
Project type selection option will be available only in Visual Studio 2019 Syncfusion Windows Forms Project template configuration. The .NET Core 3.1 and .NET 5.0 option will be listed in project type only when the .NET Core 3.1 and .NET 5.0 setup has been installed.
Language: Select the language, either C# or VB.
C# language is available only when you choose .NET 5.0 and .NET Core 3.1 from project type option in Visual Studio 2019.
Assemblies From: Choose the assembly location from where it is going to be added to the project.
Installed location and GAC option will be available only when the Syncfusion Essential Windows Forms setup has been installed. You can use NuGet option without installing the Syncfusion Essential Windows Forms setup. Also, the GAC option will not be available when you choose .NET 5.0 and .NET Core 3.1 from project type option in Visual Studio 2019.
Installed ES Build Version: Choose the build version to add the corresponding version assemblies to the project.
Installed ES build version option will be available only when you install the Syncfusion Essential Windows Forms setup and choose the assembly location as Installed Location or GAC.
Select Control: Choose the control as required.
After the Project Configuration Wizard is done, the Syncfusion WinForms project is created with required references and forms.
Then, the Syncfusion licensing registration required message box will be shown, if you installed the trial setup or NuGet packages since Syncfusion introduced the licensing system from 2018 Volume 2 (v184.108.40.206) Essential Studio release. Navigate to the help topic, which is shown in the licensing message box to generate and register the Syncfusion license key to your project. Refer to this blog post to learn more the licensing changes introduced in Essential Studio.