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TemplateControl.ParseControl Method (String)

Parses an input string into a Control object on the Web Forms page or user control.

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

public Control ParseControl(
	string content


Type: System.String
A string that contains a user control.

Return Value

Type: System.Web.UI.Control
The parsed Control.

The content parameter contains a user control, such as you would find in an .ascx file. This string cannot contain any code, because the ParseControl method never causes compilation.

The following code example demonstrates how to create a Button Web server control using the ParseControl method, and then adds the result to the ControlCollection collection of a PlaceHolder Web server control named myPlaceholder.

<%@ Page language="c#" Debug="true" %>
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN"
<html xmlns="" >
    <title>ASP.NET Example</title>
<script runat="server">
    // System.Web.UI.TemplateControl.ParserControl;
    // The following example demonstrates the method 'ParseControl' of class TemplateControl.
    // Since TemplateControl is abstract, this sample has been written using 'Page' class which derives from 
    // 'TemplateControl' class.
    // A button object is created by passing a string to contstruct a button using ASP syntax, to the 
    // 'ParseControl' method. This button is added as one of the child controls of the page and displayed.
    void Page_Load(object sender, System.EventArgs e)
      Control c = ParseControl("<asp:button text='Click here!' runat='server' />");
    <form id="form1" runat="server">
      <asp:placeholder id ="myPlaceholder" runat="server" />

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.