Ajax Control Toolkit

Setup your environment
Install binaries
  1. Install the latest ASP.NET AJAX Extensions 1.0 package
  2. Unpack the AJAX Control Toolkit into a folder on your computer
Configure Visual Studio 2005 and Visual Web Developer
  1. Create a new web site from the ASP.NET AJAX web site template by opening the "File" menu, clicking "New", "Web Site...", and picking "ASP.NET AJAX Web Site" under "My Templates"
  2. Right-click on the Toolbox and select "Add Tab", and add a tab called "AJAX Control Toolkit"
  3. Inside that tab, right-click on the Toolbox and select "Choose Items..."
  4. When the "Choose Toolbox Items" dialog appears, click the "Browse..." button. Navigate to the folder where you installed the ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit package. You will find a folder called "SampleWebSite", and under that another folder called "bin". Inside that folder, select "AjaxControlToolkit.dll" and click OK. Click OK again to close the Choose Items Dialog.
  5. You can now use the included sample controls in your web sites!
Installing AJAX Control Toolkit Templates
  1. In the folder where you installed the AJAX Control Toolkit package, you will find a folder called "AjaxControlExtender" with a file called "AjaxControlExtender.vsi" inside it - double-click AjaxControlExtender.vsi to install it
  2. Choose which templates you would like to install, then click "Next", then "Yes" to allow the unsigned content (note: as a public project, this content can't be signed by Microsoft), then "Finish"
  3. You have now installed the templates are ready to create your own Toolkit-based web site or ASP.NET AJAX Extenders!
Note: The AJAX Control Toolkit Extender Templates are for building extenders and controls and need Visual Studio C#/VB Express. The Toolkit Website Templates work with Visual Web Developer Express. If you have Visual Studio then all templates can be installed.

The TemplateVSI project has a dependency on vjslib.dll which is a part of the Visual J# Redistributable Package. If you would like to build that project successfully then please install the package from here.

Upgrading to a newer Toolkit release

If you were using an older release of the Toolkit and now need to move to a later version here are the recommended steps:
  • Binaries: Overwrite all old instances of the Toolkit binary "AjaxControlToolkit.dll" on your machine with the new one.
  • Toolbox items: Delete the old tab that listed Toolkit controls and recreate it using the new Toolkit DLL.
  • Toolkit templates: Reinstall the new "AjaxControlExtender.vsi" and check to overwrite the old templates in the "Add Templates" wizard.
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