What is the best way to code up a Month and Year drop down list for ASP.NET?

I have an internal application that I needs to have a drop down list for two date type elements: Month and Year. These values are not in a database or other repository of information.

I know I could just setup a list with the values I need by adding them to a dictionary like object (I need to correlate the Month to the numerical representation, January => 01):

var months = new Dictionary<String,String>();
months.Add("01", "January");

The drop down list for the year will be a bit easier as I can just choose a starting year and iterate up to the current or current+1 year in a generic list.

Is there a better way to handle these data elements? Something built in, or a good design pattern that I should be implementing?


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Method 1

You could use this to get a list of all the Month names and loop through it.


You can use it like this…using the index of the Month as the value for your dropdown
var months = CultureInfo.CurrentCulture.DateTimeFormat.MonthNames;
for (int i = 0; i < months.Length; i++)
     ddl.Items.Add(new ListItem(months[i], i.ToString()));

Method 2

Extending @Jesse Brown’s answer…

With a using System.Globalization directive, I have the following code:

for (int x = 0; x < 12; x++)
       + " " 
       + CultureInfo.CurrentCulture.DateTimeFormat.MonthNames.GetValue(x)

This produces a dropdown list that looks like:

01 January
02 February
03 March

12 December

A further refinement might be to make the displayed month the current month by adding:

cboMonth.Text = DateTime.Now.Month.ToString("00") 
   + " " 
   + CultureInfo.CurrentCulture.DateTimeFormat.MonthNames.GetValue(DateTime.Now.Month);

After the for loop.

Method 3

Here is my solution, which is very similar to @jesse-brown’s solution (the accepted answer)


In a global functions class:

Public Shared Function GetMonthList() As Generic.Dictionary(Of String, String)
    Dim months As New Generic.Dictionary(Of String, String)()
    For m As Int32 = 1 To 12
        months.Add(String.Format("{0:0#}", m), CultureInfo.CurrentCulture.DateTimeFormat.GetMonthName(m))

    Return months
End Function

On the ASPX page:
Protected Sub Page_Load(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles Me.Load
    ddMonth.DataSource = GlobalFunctions.GetMonthList()
    ddMonth.DataValueField = "Key"
    ddMonth.DataTextField = "Value"

End Sub

This implementation is in VB.NET because that happens to be what this webapp is using (legacy), however thank you very much for the examples in C# (my preferred language), I’m posting the VB.NET here to help the VB.NET community as well.

Method 4

Below code is for load month dropdown as Select

    private void LoadMonth()
        ddlmonth.Items.Add(new ListItem("Select", 0.ToString()));
        var months = CultureInfo.CurrentCulture.DateTimeFormat.MonthNames;
        for (int i = 0; i < months.Length-1; i++)
            ddlmonth.Items.Add(new ListItem(months[i], (i+1).ToString()));

Method 5

For ASP.NET MVC this is what I’m doing.

Note I prefer to use a codebehind for things like this – its still part of the view and there’s nothing wrong with the view constructing a SelectList.


 <%= Html.DropDownList("ExpirationMonth", ExpirationMonthDropdown)%> / 
 <%= Html.DropDownList("ExpirationYear", ExpirationYearDropdown)%>

public partial class PaymentControl : ViewUserControl<CheckoutModel>
        public IEnumerable<SelectListItem> ExpirationMonthDropdown
                return Enumerable.Range(1, 12).Select(x =>

                    new SelectListItem()
                        Text = CultureInfo.CurrentCulture.DateTimeFormat.AbbreviatedMonthNames[x - 1] + " (" + x + ")",
                        Value = x.ToString(),
                        Selected = (x == Model.ExpirationMonth)

        public IEnumerable<SelectListItem> ExpirationYearDropdown
                return Enumerable.Range(DateTime.Today.Year, 20).Select(x =>

                new SelectListItem()
                    Text = x.ToString(),
                    Value = x.ToString(),
                    Selected = (x == Model.ExpirationYear)

Method 6

 public void bind_month()
        var months = CultureInfo.CurrentCulture.DateTimeFormat.MonthNames;

        ddl_month.Items.Insert(0, new ListItem("--Select--", "0"));

        for (int i = 0; i < months.Length-1; i++)
            ddl_month.Items.Add(new ListItem(months[i],(i+1).ToString()));


Method 7

Somebody has asked that they wanted a numeric representation of the months. Here’s my codebehind:

dob_month1.Items.Insert(0, new ListItem("Select", "")); 
var months = CultureInfo.CurrentCulture.DateTimeFormat.MonthNames;
for (int i = 1; i < months.Length; i++)
    dob_month1.Items.Add(new ListItem(i.ToString(), i.ToString()));

It’s basically the same as the answer code with minor adjustments.


What is the best way to code up a Month and Year drop down list for ASP.NET?

Method 8

/Try this code to bind all month in dropdown list without using database/

 public void GetMonthList(DropDownList ddl)
        DateTime month = Convert.ToDateTime("1/1/2000");
        for (int i = 0; i < 12; i++)
            DateTime NextMont = month.AddMonths(i);
            ListItem list = new ListItem();
            list.Text = NextMont.ToString("MMMM");
            list.Value = NextMont.Month.ToString();
        //ddl.Items.Insert(0, "Select Month");
        ddl.Items.FindByValue(DateTime.Now.Month.ToString()).Selected = true;

Method 9

You can try this…
Ref Here:


for (int i = 1; i <= 12; i++)
    drpBMonth.Items.Add(new System.Web.UI.WebControls.ListItem(DateTimeFormatInfo.CurrentInfo.GetMonthName(i), i.ToString()))};

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