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22 Apr 2021MIT2 min read
.NET 5 version of dotnet/winforms-datavisualization

Rought porting to .NET5 of dotnet/winforms-datavisualization project and the sample solution as well.

Data Visualization

This repository contains partial source code of the System.Windows.Forms.DataVisualization namespace that provides charting for WinForms. Microsoft ported and open sourced those components to enable charting features for WinForms applications that are developed on .NET Core 3.

I've made the porting to .NET 5:

  • Updating references
  • Updating project files
  • Moving deprecated controls like ContextMenu, MenuItems to new ones (ContextMenuStrip, ToolStripMenuItems) and relative methods
  • ...

Application Running .NET 5:


Points of Interest

Removed Controls starting With .NET Core 3.1

Starting with .NET Core 3.1, various Windows Forms controls are no longer available. Replacement controls that have better design and support were introduced in .NET Framework 2.0. The deprecated controls were previously removed from designer toolboxes but were still available to be used (source).

The following types are no longer available:

  • ContextMenu
  • DataGrid
  • DataGrid.HitTestType
  • DataGridBoolColumn
  • DataGridCell
  • DataGridColumnStyle
  • DataGridLineStyle
  • DataGridParentRowsLabelStyle
  • DataGridPreferredColumnWidthTypeConverter
  • DataGridTableStyle
  • DataGridTextBox
  • DataGridTextBoxColumn
  • GridColumnStylesCollection
  • GridTablesFactory
  • GridTableStylesCollection
  • IDataGridEditingService
  • IMenuEditorService
  • MainMenu
  • Menu
  • Menu.MenuItemCollection
  • MenuItem
  • ToolBar
  • ToolBarAppearance
  • ToolBarButton
  • ToolBar.ToolBarButtonCollection
  • ToolBarButtonClickEventArgs
  • ToolBarButtonStyle
  • ToolBarTextAlign


Removed control (API) Recommended replacement
ContextMenu ContextMenuStrip
MenuItem ToolStripMenuItem

That's what has been performed on the project.


The original port to .NET Core 3.0 used very old and still in Beta/Preview references:


and moving away from them was a bit tricky, now they're all actualized:


In a future release, maybe the use of System.Data.SqlClient should be avoided ...


The CSProj files were also modified according to the new target / Platform (Windows):

Original (Relavant Portion):

<Project Sdk="Microsoft.NET.Sdk.WindowsDesktop">
    <!-- <Win32Manifest>Resources\System\Windows\Forms\XPThemes.manifest</Win32Manifest> -->

Ported Version (Relavant Portion):

<Project Sdk="Microsoft.NET.Sdk.WindowsDesktop">

You have to pay attention to this directive<UseWindowsForms>true</UseWindowsForms>:

The UseWindowsForms property controls whether or not your application is built to target Windows Forms.

This property alters the MSBuild pipeline to correctly process a Windows Forms project and related files. The default value is false. Set the UseWindowsForms property to true to enable Windows Forms support. You can only target the Windows platform when this setting is enabled (source).

Getting Started with Chart Controls

The best way to learn about Chart Controls is by looking at the sample solution where via interactive experience with the app, you can learn about every chart type and every major feature. While modifying the control parameters and instantly seeing how that affects the look of the control, you can also get the generated C# or Visual Basic code to use in your apps.

Chart Controls

With the sample project, you can see every property and parameters in action:


and then copy the relavant portion of the code (C# or VB.NET):



  • 8th April: Initial porting to .NET 5

Hope this helps!


This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The MIT License


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QuestionI am trying to get Y Axis with interval 50 starting at 50 going to 400 Pin
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