Using List Control In Onsen UI Using Visual Studio 2015

Before reading this article, please go through the article links, mentioned below.

Apache Cordova

Apache Cordova is an open source project, which aims at allowing the mobile developers to build applications for all the major mobile platforms, using HTML, CSS and JavaScript technologies.


Monaca is a software tool and Services solution to build and deploy HTML5 mobile hybrid apps and is built on top of an open source Apache Cordova. Monaca provides a full suite of resources including Cloud IDE, local development tools, debugger and back-end support.

Monaca's Cloud-based IDE builds HTML5 hybrid mobile apps for iOS, Android, Windows and Chrome apps, using HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

Monaca CLI provides Onsen UI templates, device debugger, remote building and any Service, which you might need directly from your terminal.

Onsen UI Framework

Onsen UI is a front-end UI framework to develop cross-platform mobile apps, using Apache Cordova and PhoneGap. It’s fully independent of the frameworks and you can easily plug these components into any project, regardless of JavaScript framework.

Onsen UI templates can be used with Visual Studio 2015. All the templates are compatible for Visual Studio Tools for Apache Cordova. It works pretty well with Windows Universal, iOS and Android apps.

Templates Included in Onsen UI Framework

It is packed with the following four templates. Each template has JavaScript and TypeScript variants.

  1. Onsen UI Blank Contains the Blank App
  2. Onsen UI Navigation Contains a navigator with a master and detail page.
  3. Onsen UI Splitter Contains a side menu navigation.
  4. Onsen UI Tab Bar Tab bar style navigation. 
Building List Control with Onsen UI Framework

Let’s see how to start building the App using List Control in Onsen UI Framework using Visual Studio 2015.


  • Visual Studio 2015.
  • Visual Studio Tools for Apache Cordova.

Follow the steps, mentioned below, to build a Onsen UI with List Control using Onsen UI Framework using Visual Studio 2015.

Step 1 
Create an Onsen UI App

Let’s be ready to create a new project. Open Visual Studio 2015 and click File -> New -> Project Option for New Apache Cordova App, using Onsen UI Framework.

Step 2 Give the Project Name

New Project Window will open. Subsequently, you can select an Installed -> Template -> Java Script -> Manoca ->Onsen UI Blank App.

Type Project name Onsen UI ListApp and click OK button.

Step 3 Main Screen


Step 4

Afterwards, we will create the project. Our solution should resemble what is shown below.

This table gives the basic idea of how we might use each one.

File Why is it in your project?
Merge Folder It contains the package for Android, ios and Windows apps.
www This file contains the images, library and js files
config.xml Contains the settings of our app.
taco.json Defines which version of the Cordova CLI Visual Studio is used to build the project.

Step 5 Adding the Coding

Go to the index.html in the solution bar and add the html coding. We can add our own html coding in between <body> tags.


Adding the List Control

Go to the index.html in the solution bar and add the html coding


Coding Explanation
<ons-list > Create a list
<ons-list-header> Add the header to the list
<ons-list-item> Add the items to the list


  1. <ons-list >  
  2. <ons-list-header>Default</ons-list-header>  
  3. <ons-list-item>Apple</ons-list-item>  
  4. <ons-list-item>Orange</ons-list-item>  
  5. <ons-list-item>Mango</ons-list-item>  
  6. <ons-list-item>Cherry</ons-list-item>  
  7. </ons-list>        
Adding the Tappable List

Now, add the Tappable list to the List items


Coding Explanation
<ons-list-item Tappable> Adding the Tappable list

  1. <ons-list >  
  2. <ons-list-header>Tappable / Ripple List</ons-list-header>  
  3. <ons-list-item Tappable>Apple</ons-list-item>  
  4. <ons-list-item Tappable >Orange</ons-list-item>  
  5. <ons-list-item Tappable >Mango</ons-list-item>  
  6. <ons-list-item Tappable >Cherry</ons-list-item>  
  7. </ons-list>       
Adding the switch button to the list

Now, add the switch button.


  1. <ons-list-header>Switch</ons-list-header>  
  2. <ons-list-item>  
  3. <div class=”center”>  
  4. Turn it on  
  5. </div>  
  7. <div class=”right”>  
  8. <ons-switch></ons-switch>  
  9. </div>  
  11. </ons-list-item>   
Step 8: Run the Application

Now, we are ready to run our project. Thus, click the Ripple – Nexus (Galaxy) to run the application. (Apache Ripple is a free mobile simulator).


Main Screen - Timeline


Output 1 Tappable lsit


Output 2 with switch button


I hope you understood how to start the list control in Onsen UI using Visual Studio 2015 and how to run it.

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