HTML server library

This is a .NET server side library for generating HTML markup to be sent to a client.

Getting the SDK

This is available as a nuget packages.

Install-Package AdaptiveCards.Renderer.Html

Render card

Instantiate a renderer

The next step is to create an instance of the renderer.

using AdaptiveCards;
using AdaptiveCards.Rendering;
using AdaptiveCards.Rendering.Config;

// ... 

// Create a default renderer
AdaptiveCardRenderer renderer = new AdaptiveCardHtmlRenderer();

// Or use custom host config
AdaptiveCardRenderer renderer = new AdaptiveCardRenderer(hostConfig);

// Or assign the host config with the property
renderer.HostConfig = hostConfig;

// Get the schema version this renderer supports
AdaptiveSchemaVersion schemaVersion = renderer.SupportedSchemaVersion; // 1.0

Render a Card

RenderedAdaptiveCard renderedCard = renderer.RenderCard(card);

// Validate the rendered card
if (renderedCard.HtmlTag == null)
    // Failed rendering

// Get the HTML string
string html = renderedCard.HtmlTag.ToString();

// Just for fun, get the AdaptiveCard object model back out
AdaptiveCard originatingCard = renderedCard.OriginatingCard;

Wire up Action events

This library doesn't currently support the action callback.


To customize the renderer, provide an instance of the HostConfig object. See the Host Config Schema for a full description. Since the HostConfig object is instantiated with defaults, you only have to set the properties you want to change from the defaults.

Passing it to the renderer sets the HostConfig to use for every card you render.


// Construct programmatically
var hostConfig = new HostConfig() 
    FontSizes = {
        Small = 15,
        Default = 20,
        Medium = 25,
        Large = 30,
        ExtraLarge= 40

// Or parse from JSON
HostConfigParseResult result = HostConfig.FromJson(@"{
    ""fontSizes"": {
        ""small"": 25,
        ""default"": 26,
        ""medium"": 27,
        ""large"": 28,
        ""extraLarge"": 29

if (result.HostConfig != null)
    HostConfig config = result.HostConfig;
    // Error parsing

Native platform styling

This framework annotates all HtmlTags it outputs with the following class names so that you can use CSS to customize further.

Element Style names used
AdaptiveCard ac-adaptivecard
Action.Http -
Action.OpenUrl -
Action.ShowCard -
Action.Submit -
ActionSet ac-actionset
Column ac-column
ColumnSet ac-columnset
Container ac-container
Input.ChoiceSet -
Input.Date -
Input.Number -
Input.Text -
Input.Time -
Input.Toggle -
Image ac-image
ImageSet ac-imageset
FactSet ac-factset, ac-facttitle, ac.factvalue
TextBlock ac-textblock


Change per-element rendering

The HtmlRenderer has a registration mechanism which allows you to set a function that is called to perform the rendering on a per-element basis. It exposes a method called ElementRenderers.Set<TElement>(func);

To override the rendering of a Input.Date element:


The new date renderer would look like this:

protected static HtmlTag MyCustomDateInputRenderer(DateInput input, RenderContext context)
    return htmlTag;

Remove a renderer


Get a renderer

// Get using generic type
Func<DateInput, TContext, TUIElement> renderFunc = renderer.ElementRenderers.Get<DateInput>();

// Get using runtime type
Func<TypedElement, TContext, TUIElement> renderFunc = renderer.ElementRenderers.Get(element.GetType());


An example from the HTML sample app.

AdaptiveCardRenderer renderer = new AdaptiveCardRenderer(new HostConfig()
    SupportsInteractivity = supportsInteractivity

RenderedAdaptiveCard renderedCard = renderer.RenderCard(card);

if (renderedCard.HtmlTag != null)
    Console.WriteLine($"<div class='cardcontainer'>{renderedCard.HtmlTag.ToString()}</div>");
    Console.WriteLine($"<p>Rendering failed</p>");

Next steps