Using the Umbraco Helper

UmbracoHelper is the unified way to work with published content/media on your website. You can use the UmbracoHelper to query/traverse Umbraco published data.

UmbracoHelper also has a variety of helper methods that are useful when working in your views and controllers.

How to reference UmbracoHelper

If you are using Views or Partial View Macros you can reference UmbracoHelper with the syntax: @Umbraco

If you need an UmbracoHelper in your own controllers, you need to inject an instance.

Example of getting UmbracoHelper in a controller:

using System.Linq;
using Microsoft.AspNetCore.Mvc;
using Umbraco.Cms.Web.Common;
using Umbraco.Cms.Web.Common.Controllers;

namespace UmbracoHelperDocs.Controllers;

public class CustomContentController : Controller
    private readonly UmbracoHelper _umbracoHelper;

    public CustomContentController(UmbracoHelper umbracoHelper)
        => _umbracoHelper = umbracoHelper;

    public IActionResult GetHomeNodeName()
        IPublishedContent rootNode = _umbracoHelper

        if (rootNode is null)
            return NotFound();

        return Ok(rootNode.Name);

UmbracoHelper is registered with a scoped lifetime (see Microsoft documentation for more information), as a service scope is created for each request you can resolve an instance directly in a controller.

If you need to use an UmbracoHelper in a service with a singleton lifetime you would instead need to make use of the IUmbracoHelperAccessor interface to obtain a temporary reference to an instance.


UmbracoHelper will expose all content in the form of IPublishedContent. To get a reference to the currently executing content item from the UmbracoHelper, use UmbracoHelper.AssignedContentItem.

The samples below demonstrate using UmbracoHelper in Razor. Working with the UmbracoHelper will be the same in controllers, except for the fact that you must resolve it with IUmbracoHelperAccessor like shown above.

Working with Content

.Content(Guid id)

Given a node ID, returns a IPublishedContent

 var pageFromGui = Umbraco.Content(Guid.Parse("af22cb83-9bd4-454b-ab06-cc19ac8e983d"));


@foreach (var child in pageFromGui.Children)
 <a href="@child.Url()">@child.Name</a>


Returns a collection of IPublishedContent objects from the Content tree.

@* Get the children of the first content item found in the root *@
@foreach (var child in Umbraco.ContentAtRoot().First().Children)
 <a href="@child.Url()">@child.Name</a>

.ContentAtXPath(string xpath)

The current implementation of XPath is suboptimal, marked as obsolete, and scheduled for removal in Umbraco 14. The replacement for ContentXPath is IContentLastChanceFinder.

Queries the cache for content matching a given XPath query and returns a collection of IPublishedContent objects.

    var newsArticles = Umbraco.ContentAtXPath("//newsArticle");
    var bodyText = newsArticles.First().Value("bodyText");

.ContentSingleAtXPath(string xpath)

Queries the cache for content matching a given XPath query and returns the first match as an IPublishedContent object.

    var newsArticle = Umbraco.ContentSingleAtXPath("//newsArticle");
    var bodyText = newsArticle.Value("bodyText");

Working with Media

.Media(Guid id)

Given a node ID, returns an IPublishedContent Media entity

    var media = Umbraco.Media(Guid.Parse("ca4249ed-2b23-4337-b522-63cabe5587d1"));
    var image = media.Url();
    var height = media.Value<int>("umbracoHeight");


Returns a collection of IPublishedContent objects from the Media tree.

@foreach (var child in Umbraco.MediaAtRoot())
 <img src="@child.Url()"/>

Working with Tags

Previously the UmbracoHelper could be used to work with tags, this has been moved out of UmbracoHelper and is now available from ITagQuery which you can read more about in the ITagQuery document.

Working with Members

Previously the UmbracoHelper could be used to work with members, this has ben moved out of UmbracoHelper and is now available from IMemberManager, see IMemberManager for more information


Previously the UmbracoHelper could be used to run queries on your content, this has been moved out of UmbracoHelper and is now available from IPublishedContentQuery, see IPublishedContentQuery for more information.

Fetching Dictionary Values

.GetDictionaryValue(string key)

Returns a dictionary value(string) for the key specified.

<p>@Umbraco.GetDictionaryValue("createdOn"): @Model.CreateDate</p>

Alternatively, you can also specify an altText which will be returned if the dictionary value is empty.

<p>@Umbraco.GetDictionaryValue("createdOn", "Date Created"): @Model.CreateDate</p>

Templating Helpers

.RenderMacro(string alias, object parameters)

Renders a macro in the current page content, given the macro's alias, and parameters required by the macro.

@await Umbraco.RenderMacroAsync("navigation", new {root="1083", header="Hello"})

.RenderTemplateAsync(int contentId, int? altTemplateId)

Renders a template asynchronously, as if a page with the given contentId was requested, optionally with an alternative template ID passed in.

@await Umbraco.RenderTemplate(1234)

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