CSHTML rendering text only - static page?


This is a continuation of my previous question (.CSHTML pages will not render), but I am no longer getting a 500 error, thus the new post. My pages are now just rendering plain text / html (regardless of what I do).

I can get the pages to work correctly if I try to view them through WebMatrix3, but I cannot view them from the browser (either localhost or through the web).

I recently realized that my pages were set up for ASP.NET v2.0, which I am guessing does not support .cshtml. So, I changed everything to v4.0 but I still don't have any luck view the pages correctly. It's just plain text.

I have:

  • MVC 3 installed
  • IIS 7.5 on Win7 Home Premium
  • The dir of the pages that I want to load converted to application
  • web.config functioning, though I am not sure what else, if anything I need to have it in
  • My server functioning normally with HTML, .css, .php, python, etc... But I am having horrible luck with any ASP.NET functionality (this includes .aspx).

I really don't know what other information I need to put here, but if you ask for it, I shall provide it.

Now I am just getting 404 errors on any .cshtml page I try to view. This happened before when I didn't have the MIME types in, but was corrected (to at least plain text) when I entered the MIME type in. I have no idea what is going on... at this point I am almost ready to just uninstall everything and try to start over. =\

Okay, so I have gotten rid of my 404 and 500 errors. I ended up adding a privileged user to the application pool (advanced settings > process model > Identity). It was set as defaultAppPool before. Now I am getting this:

Type 'ASP._Page_default2_cshtml' does not inherit from 'System.Web.WebPages.WebPage'.
Description: An unhandled exception occurred during the execution of the current web request. Please review the stack trace for more information about the error and where it originated in the code.

Exception Details: System.Web.HttpException: Type 'ASP._Page_default2_cshtml' does not inherit from 'System.Web.WebPages.WebPage'.

Source Error:

An unhandled exception was generated during the execution of the current web request. Information regarding the origin and location of the exception can be identified using the exception stack trace below.

Stack Trace:

[HttpException (0x80004005): Type 'ASP._Page_default2_cshtml' does not inherit from 'System.Web.WebPages.WebPage'.]
   System.Web.UI.Util.CheckAssignableType(Type baseType, Type type) +9633480
   System.Web.Compilation.BuildManager.CreateInstanceFromVirtualPath(VirtualPath virtualPath, Type requiredBaseType, HttpContext context, Boolean allowCrossApp) +66
   System.Web.Compilation.BuildManager.CreateInstanceFromVirtualPath(String virtualPath, Type requiredBaseType) +28
   System.Web.WebPages.BuildManagerWrapper.CreateInstanceOfType(String virtualPath) +203
   System.Web.WebPages.VirtualPathFactoryExtensions.CreateInstance(IVirtualPathFactory factory, String virtualPath) +145
   System.Web.WebPages.VirtualPathFactoryManager.CreateInstanceOfType(String virtualPath) +153
   System.Web.WebPages.VirtualPathFactoryExtensions.CreateInstance(IVirtualPathFactory factory, String virtualPath) +73
   System.Web.WebPages.WebPageHttpHandler.CreateFromVirtualPath(String virtualPath, IVirtualPathFactory virtualPathFactory) +23
   System.Web.WebPages.WebPageRoute.DoPostResolveRequestCache(HttpContextBase context) +349
   System.Web.WebPages.WebPageHttpModule.OnApplicationPostResolveRequestCache(Object sender, EventArgs e) +89
   System.Web.SyncEventExecutionStep.System.Web.HttpApplication.IExecutionStep.Execute() +136
   System.Web.HttpApplication.ExecuteStep(IExecutionStep step, Boolean& completedSynchronously) +69

Any more ideas? Oh, and creating a new application didn't help, but it was a good idea.

asked on Stack Overflow Aug 13, 2013 by Apolymoxic • edited May 23, 2017 by Community

2 Answers


It could be that an older version of System.Web.WebPages.dll is loaded to memory, and it tries to cast the your cshtml page to a version of WebPages class from that dll.

To test this, try to see what http modules are currently registered:

var allModules = HttpContext.Current.ApplicationInstance.Modules;
for( int i = 0; i < allModules.Count; i++ ) {

In my case that was:

__DynamicModule_System.Web.WebPages.WebPageHttpModule, System.Web.WebPages, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=31bf3856ad364e35_bca8e05a-5746-45b0-be95-2b920b455ccf

__DynamicModule_System.Web.WebPages.WebPageHttpModule, System.Web.WebPages, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=31bf3856ad364e35_c1a67b42-31a9-47f1-8483-9e712fabe2a7

To fix the problem you need to replace the older version of System.Web.WebPages.dll in your /Bin folders, or some other dlls that might be referencing it.

answered on Stack Overflow Apr 15, 2014 by Dmitry Dzygin

You can try explicitly setting the ContentType in the action:

public ActionResult NotFound() {
Response.ContentType = "text/html";
return View(); }
answered on Stack Overflow Oct 29, 2020 by Srinubabu Ravilla

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