Only Bolivian Here Only Bolivian Here - 18 days ago 6x
C# Question

Multiple types were found that match the controller named 'Home'

I currently have two unrelated MVC3 projects hosted online.

One works fine, the other doesn't work, giving me the error:

Multiple types were found that match the controller named 'Home'. This
can happen if the route that services this request
('{controller}/{action}/{id}') does not specify namespaces to search
for a controller that matches the request.

If this is the case,
register this route by calling an overload of the 'MapRoute' method
that takes a 'namespaces' parameter.

The way my hoster works is that he gives me FTP access and in that folder I have two other folder, one for each of my applications.


ftpFolderA2/ works fine, I publish my application to my local file system then FTP the contents and it works.

When I upload and try to run, the issue above fires and prevents me from using my site. All while still works.

Is searching from controllers EVERYWHERE inside of ftpFolderA2 and that's why it's finding another
? How can I tell it to only look in the Controller folder as it should?


  1. Not using areas. These are two COMPLETELY unrelated projects. I place each published project into each respective folder. Nothing fancy.

  2. Each project only has 1 HomeController.

Can someone confirm this is the problem?


This error message often happens when you use areas and you have the same controller name inside the area and the root. For example you have the two:

  • ~/Controllers/HomeController.cs
  • ~/Areas/Admin/Controllers/HomeController.cs

In order to resolve this issue (as the error message suggests you), you could use namespaces when declaring your routes. So in the main route definition in Global.asax:

    new { controller = "Home", action = "Index", id = UrlParameter.Optional },
    new[] { "AppName.Controllers" }

and in your ~/Areas/Admin/AdminAreaRegistration.cs:

    new { action = "Index", id = UrlParameter.Optional },
    new[] { "AppName.Areas.Admin.Controllers" }

If you are not using areas it seems that your both applications are hosted inside the same ASP.NET application and conflicts occur because you have the same controllers defined in different namespaces. You will have to configure IIS to host those two as separate ASP.NET applications if you want to avoid such kind of conflicts. Ask your hosting provider for this if you don't have access to the server.