Controller.Content Method (String, String, Encoding)

Creates a content result object by using a string, the content type, and content encoding.

Namespace:  System.Web.Mvc
Assembly:  System.Web.Mvc (in System.Web.Mvc.dll)


Protected Friend Overridable Function Content ( _
    content As String, _
    contentType As String, _
    contentEncoding As Encoding _
) As ContentResult
protected internal virtual ContentResult Content(
    string content,
    string contentType,
    Encoding contentEncoding
protected public:
virtual ContentResult^ Content(
    String^ content, 
    String^ contentType, 
    Encoding^ contentEncoding


  • content
    Type: System.String
    The content to write to the response.

Return Value

Type: System.Web.Mvc.ContentResult
The content result instance.


The result object that is prepared by this method is written to the response by the MVC framework when the object is executed.


A Visual Studio project with source code is available to accompany this topic: Download.

The example in this section shows how to use markup and code to display "Use <b> for bold text" in the browser when the Test Content link is clicked.

The following example shows markup that invokes the TestContent method.

<%= Html.ActionLink("Test Content Type Encoding", 
        new { id = false, sMsg= "Use <b> for bold text"})%>
<%= Html.ActionLink("Test Content Type Encoding", 
        new { id = false, sMsg= "Use <b> for bold text"})%>

The following example shows the TestContent method.

public ActionResult TstContentTypeEncoding(bool id, string sMsg) {
    string contentType = "text/plain";
    if (id == false)
        contentType = "text/html";
    return Content(Server.HtmlEncode(Server.UrlDecode(sMsg)),
                   contentType, System.Text.Encoding.UTF8);
<ValidateInput(False)> _ 
Public Function TstContentTypeEncoding(ByVal id As Boolean, ByVal sMsg As String) As ActionResult 
    Dim contentType As String = "text/plain" 
    If id = False Then 
        contentType = "text/html" 
    End If 
    Return Content(Server.HtmlEncode(sMsg), contentType, System.Text.Encoding.UTF8) 
End Function 

See Also


Controller Class

Content Overload

System.Web.Mvc Namespace