Niels Filter Niels Filter - 1 month ago 5x
C# Question

Custom Model Binder for ASP.NET MVC on GET request

I've created a custom MVC Model Binder which gets called for every

that comes into the server. But does not get called for

  • Should my custom model binder get called during a
    ? If so, what did I miss?

  • If not, How can I write custom code handling the
    from a

Here's my implementation...

public class CustomModelBinder : DefaultModelBinder
public override object BindModel(ControllerContext controllerContext, ModelBindingContext bindingContext)
// This only gets called for POST requests. But I need this code for GET requests.


protected void Application_Start()
ModelBinders.Binders.DefaultBinder = new CustomModelBinder();

I've looked into these solutions, but they don't quite work for what I'm looking for:

  • Persisting complex types via

  • Using the default binder to build up complex types (

Remark on answer

Thanks to @Felipe for the help. Just in case someone struggles with the same, I learnt:

  • The custom model binder CAN be used for

  • You CAN use

  • My snag was that the action method MUST have a parameter (otherwise the model binder is skipped for
    Requests, which makes sense when you think about it)


Let's supose you have your own type you want to bind.

public class Person
    public int Id { get; set; }
    public string Name { get; set; }
    public int Age { get; set; }
    // other properties you need

You can create a custom model bind for this specific type, inherithing from DefaultModelBinder, for sample:

public class PersonModelBinder : DefaultModelBinder
    public override object BindModel(ControllerContext controllerContext, ModelBindingContext bindingContext)
        var request = controllerContext.HttpContext.Request;

        int id = Convert.ToInt32(request.QueryString["id"]);
        string name = request.QueryString["name"];
        int age = Convert.ToInt32(request.QueryString["age"]);
        // other properties

        return new Person { Id = id, Name = name, Age = age };

In the Global.asax in the Application_Start event, you can registry this model bind, for sample:

// for Person type, bind with the PersonModelBinder
ModelBinders.Binders.Add(typeof(Person), new PersonModelBinder());

In the BindModel method from the PersonModelBinder, make sure you have all parameters in the querystring and give them the ideal treatment.

Since you have this action method:

public ActionResult Test(Person person)
  // process...

You can access this action with an url something like this: