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Sirwan Afifi

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Highlighting Current Link in Razor Pages

Let’s say you have several pages in your Razor Pages application. Now you want to make the menu items active depending on the page you are currently on:

Active menu

The solution is pretty simple; all you need to do is checking the request path in _Layout file. To access the Request object, you need to inject IHttpContextAccessor in the layout file. Before injecting this interface into our view we must register it in ConfigureServices method in Startup class:

public void ConfigureServices(IServiceCollection services)
{
    // ...
    services.AddSingleton<IHttpContextAccessor, HttpContextAccessor>();
}

Note: If you are using ASP.NET Core 2.1+ you can use AddHttpContextAccessor helper extension method to correctly register the IHttpContextAccessor with the correct lifetime (singleton):

services.AddHttpContextAccessor();

Now we should be able to access current HttpContext inside our views:

@inject Microsoft.AspNetCore.Http.IHttpContextAccessor Accessor
<html>
<head>
    <title>Layout</title>
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="/css/shared.css" />
    @RenderSection("styles", false)
</head>
<body>
    <header class="header-shadow">
        <div class="container is-fluid header">
            <nav class="navbar">
                <div class="navbar-menu navbar-end" id="mainNavMenu">
                    <a class="navbar-item @(Accessor.HttpContext.Request.Path.Value == "/" ? "nav-item-selected" : "" )" href="/">Home</a>
                    <a class="navbar-item @(Accessor.HttpContext.Request.Path.Value == "/Services" ? "nav-item-selected" : "" )" href="/Services">Services</a>
                    <a class="navbar-item @(Accessor.HttpContext.Request.Path.Value == "/About" ? "nav-item-selected" : "" )" href="/About">About Us</a>
                    <a class="navbar-item @(Accessor.HttpContext.Request.Path.Value == "/Contact" ? "nav-item-selected" : "" )" href="/Contact">Contact</a>
                </div>
            </nav>
        </div>
    </header>

    @RenderBody()

</body>
</html>