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How to get the value of dotnetnuke rich text editor in code behind or dnn:TextEditor unable to get the value in codebehind or how to get value of dnn:TextEditor in dnn web application project

Well readers,
I got another solution today, and the major credit goes to one of my colleague Mr. Furqan Idress he really give me a solid clue to get rid of this issue

I faced the problem that i wasn't able to get the dnn:TextEditor value in my code behind variable, i have spend arround 3 hours and i just found the garbage and nothing

here is the solution may be you got my blog post and save your time in first attempt

if you need to add the DNN Rich text editor or DNN text editor in your web application  then use this code

<%@ Register TagPrefix="dnn" TagName="TextEditor" Src="~/controls/TextEditor.ascx"%>

the above code display the test editor in your module 

now you need to change the designer.cs file there are 3 files in your  web application project one is pageName.ascx, second one is  pageName.ascx.cs and last one is pageName.ascx.designer.cs 

You need to open the third file with the extension .designer.cs  identify you controller under the designer.cs file i have given the id of my text editor to text3, so i identify first where is the text3 and then change the reference

Existing Reference 
protected global::System.Web.UI.UserControl text3;
Note : here text3 is my dnn text editor control 

Updated Reference or you need to replay the existing reference with 
  protected global::DotNetNuke.UI.UserControls.TextEditor text3;
Note : here text3 is my dnn text editor control 

Now its time to collect the value in the code behind 
come in your .cs file and use this property 
variableName = text3.RichText.Text

Congratulation! you got your value in your variable 

there are total three steps 
Step 1 (Use in your design page) 
<%@ Register TagPrefix="dnn" TagName="TextEditor" Src="~/controls/TextEditor.ascx"%>
Use the control where you need to display the text editor
<dnn:TextEditor ID="text3" runat="server" Height="200" Width="500" />

Step 2 (Update your designer file) 
Replace this » protected global::System.Web.UI.UserControl text3; 
with this » protected global::DotNetNuke.UI.UserControls.TextEditor text3;

Step 3 (Get text editor value in code behind) 
variableName = text3.RichText.Text

Hope it will work for you like me and save your time 

Rashid Bilgrami 
CEO Best visualization 


  1. to avoid this issue set up the local webserver in to use a start url of your site - see (towards the bottom of the page)

    1. Thanks for sharing the info, i will check this one as well but the above solution already fulfilled my desires :D

  2. After getting text editor value in one variable how to use that variable for displaying data of editor in view page

    1. If you want to display this value then you will get the label and display it through label.text option

  3. Excellent many thanks for sharing, worked for me and probably saved me hours.


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