How do I include a model with a RedirectToAction?


In the RedirectToAction below, I’d like to pass a viewmodel. How do I pass the model to the redirect?

I set a breakpoint to check the values of model to verify the model is created correctly. It is correct but the resulting view does not contain the values found in the model properties.

// model created up here...
return RedirectToAction("actionName", "controllerName", model);



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    I took a simple approach like this => return View(“actionName”, model);

    Jun 27, 2014 at 11:19


RedirectToAction returns a 302 response to the client browser and thus the browser will make a new GET request to the url in the location header value of the response came to the browser.

If you are trying to pass a simple lean-flat view model to the second action method, you can use this overload of the RedirectToAction method.

protected internal RedirectToRouteResult RedirectToAction(
    string actionName,
    string controllerName,
    object routeValues

The RedirectToAction will convert the object passed(routeValues) to a query string and append that to the url(generated from the first 2 parameters we passed) and will embed the resulting url in the location header of the response.

Let’s assume your view model is like this

public class StoreVm
    public int StoreId { get; set; }
    public string Name { get; set; }
    public string Code { set; get; } 

And you in your first action method, you can pass an object of this to the RedirectToAction method like this

var m = new Store { StoreId =101, Name = "Kroger", Code = "KRO"};
return RedirectToAction("Details","Store", m);

This code will send a 302 response to the browser with location header value as


Assuming your Details action method’s parameter is of type StoreVm, the querystring param values will be properly mapped to the properties of the parameter.

public ActionResult Details(StoreVm model)
  // model.Name & model.Id will have values mapped from the request querystring
  // to do  : Return something. 

The above will work for passing small flat-lean view model. But if you want to pass a complex object, you should try to follow the PRG pattern.

PRG Pattern

PRG stands for POSTREDIRECTGET. With this approach, you will issue a redirect response with a unique id in the querystring, using which the second GET action method can query the resource again and return something to the view.

int newStoreId=101;
return RedirectToAction("Details", "Store", new { storeId=newStoreId} );

This will create the url Store/Details?storeId=101
and in your Details GET action, using the storeId passed in, you will get/build the StoreVm object from somewhere (from a service or querying the database etc)

public ActionResult Details(string storeId)
   // from the storeId value, get the entity/object/resource
   var store = yourRepo.GetStore(storeId);
      // Map the the view model
      var storeVm = new StoreVm { Id=storeId, Name=store.Name,Code=store.Code};
      return View(storeVm);
   return View("StoreNotFound"); // view to render when we get invalid store id


Following the PRG pattern is a better solution to handle this use case. But if you don’t want to do that and really want to pass some complex data across Stateless HTTP requests, you may use some temporary storage mechanism like TempData

TempData["NewCustomer"] = model;
return RedirectToAction("Index", "Users");

And read it in your GET Action method again.

public ActionResult Index()
  var model=TempData["NewCustomer"] as Customer
  return View(model);

TempData uses Session object behind the scene to store the data. But once the data is read the data is terminated.

Rachel has written a nice blog post explaining when to use TempData /ViewData. Worth to read.

Using TempData to pass model data to a redirect request in Asp.Net Core

In Asp.Net core, you cannot pass complex types in TempData. You can pass simple types like string, int, Guid etc.

If you absolutely want to pass a complex type object via TempData, you have 2 options.

1) Serialize your object to a string and pass that.

Here is a sample using Json.NET to serialize the object to a string

var s = Newtonsoft.Json.JsonConvert.SerializeObject(createUserVm);
TempData["newuser"] = s;
return RedirectToAction("Index", "Users");

Now in your Index action method, read this value from the TempData and deserialize it to your CreateUserViewModel class object.

public IActionResult Index()
   if (TempData["newuser"] is string s)
       var newUser = JsonConvert.DeserializeObject<CreateUserViewModel>(s);
       // use newUser object now as needed
   // to do : return something

2) Set a dictionary of simple types to TempData

var d = new Dictionary<string, string>
    ["FullName"] = rvm.FullName,
    ["Email"] = rvm.Email;
TempData["MyModelDict"] = d;
return RedirectToAction("Index", "Users");

and read it later

public IActionResult Index()
   if (TempData["MyModelDict"] is Dictionary<string,string> dict)
      var name = dict["Name"];
      var email =  dict["Email"];
   // to do : return something


    Another way to do it is to store it in the session.

    var s = JsonConvert.SerializeObject(myView);
    HttpContext.Session.SetString("myView", s);

    and to get it back

    string s = HttpContext.Session.GetString("myView");
    myView = JsonConvert.DeserializeObject<MyView>(s);