Better way to get active page link in MVC 3 Razor

A better approach is to use a HTML helper:

using System.Web.Mvc; 
using System.Web.Mvc.Html;

public static class MenuExtensions
    public static MvcHtmlString MenuItem(
        this HtmlHelper htmlHelper, 
        string text,
        string action, 
        string controller
        var li = new TagBuilder("li");
        var routeData = htmlHelper.ViewContext.RouteData;
        var currentAction = routeData.GetRequiredString("action");
        var currentController = routeData.GetRequiredString("controller");
        if (string.Equals(currentAction, action, StringComparison.OrdinalIgnoreCase) &&
            string.Equals(currentController, controller, StringComparison.OrdinalIgnoreCase))
        li.InnerHtml = htmlHelper.ActionLink(text, action, controller).ToHtmlString();
        return MvcHtmlString.Create(li.ToString());

and then:

    @Html.MenuItem("Home", "Home", "Home")
    @Html.MenuItem("Products", "Index", "Products")

To make the above work you need your views to recognize your extension: In Web.config in the Views folder, add <add namespace="yourNamespacehere.Helpers" /> inside the namespaces tag. Then build your project and close and re-open the view you are adding this to.

then based on the current action and controller the helper will add or not the active class when generating the anchor.

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