May 15, 2023 in Engineering

Blazor and DotNetBrowser

Author portrait Vladyslav Lubenskyi

What is Blazor? What is DotNetBrowser? Can one replace another? Can they work together?

We regularly hear these questions from developers curious about DotNetBrowser. In this article, we want to clarify the difference between the two.

What is Blazor?

Blazor is a framework for developing interactive client-side web UI with C# instead of JavaScript.

With Blazor, you can host the same application in three different ways:

  • As a WebAssembly right in the browser.
  • As the server application in ASP.NET Core.
  • As a native application with MAUI, WPF, and WinForms.

What is DotNetBrowser?

DotNetBrowser is a browser control that you can embed into WinForms, WPF, and, soon, Avalonia UI. Besides client applications, you can use DotNetBrowser on the server side.

DotNetBrowser is based on Chromium and enables you to use the latest web technologies in .NET software.

You may want to use DotNetBrowser for:

  • Generating PDF.
  • Automation and scraping.
  • Integration with third-party applications.
  • Displaying WebGL charts and other graphics.
  • And many other things.

Can DotNetBrowser replace Blazor?


Blazor is a complex web framework, and one of its many features is creating native applications. Also known as Blazor Hybrid applications. These applications run on desktop and mobile platforms. To show them, Blazor utilizes web view controls available in the environment.

DotNetBrowser is a desktop-only web view control. The scope of DotNetBrowser is different and clear: embedding Chromium and providing API to control it.

Can DotNetBrowser work with Blazor?


You can use DotNetBrowser on the server side of your application.

Potentially, you can use DotNetBrowser as a web view for Blazor. Let us know if that’s what you need.

Get started with DotNetBrowser

Get your free license and choose one of our getting started guides. It takes 5 minutes to start using DotNetBrowser: