Fix Visual Studio 2013 Razor CSHTML Intellisense in Class Library or Console Application

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I tried to use a .cshtml file and the razor syntax in a console application. I was able to build the project, but the intellisense and the error tab complaint about “The name ‘Model’ does not exist in the current context“:


The usual fixes, like throwing in a web.config, didn’t work. But then I found a fix to solve that problem. Here are the steps:

  • make sure you have the Microsoft ASP.NET MVC nuget package and its dependecies installed
  • clean and build your project, close your .cshtml-files
  • copy the following DLLs from Debug (or the mode you’re in) right to the bin folder
    • Microsoft.Web.Infrastructure.dll
    • System.Web.Helpers.dll
    • System.Web.Mvc.dll
    • System.Web.Razor.dll
    • System.Web.WebPages.Deployment.dll
    • System.Web.WebPages.dll
    • System.Web.WebPages.Razor.dll


  • open your .cshtml file
  • it should work

Reason: I guess it’s because in a normal web project there is only a bin folder, no Debug or Release. Visual Studio seems to look directly into that folder for…

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