Knockout Overview

The Knockout stack for Coalesce offers the ability to build pages with the time-tested Knockout JavaScript library using all of the features of the Coalesce generated APIs and ViewModels. It can be used for anything between adding simple interactive augmentations of MVC pages to building a full MPA-SPA hybrid application.

Getting Started

Check out Getting Started with Knockout if you haven't already to learn how to get a new Coalesce Knockout project up and running.

Generated Code

Below you will find a brief overview of each of the different pieces of code that Coalesce will generate for you when you choose the Knockout stack.


Coalesce generates a number of different types of TypeScript classes to support your data through the generated API.


One view model class is generated for each of your EF Entity Models and Custom DTOs. These models contain fields for your model Properties, and functions and other members for your model Methods. They also contain a number of standard fields & functions inherited from BaseViewModel which offer basic loading & saving functionality, as well as other handy utility members for use with Knockout.

See TypeScript ViewModels for more details.

List ViewModels

One ListViewModel is generated for each of your EF Entity Models and Custom DTOs. These classes contain functionality for loading sets of objects from the server. They provide searching, paging, sorting, and filtering functionality.

See TypeScript ListViewModels for more details.

External Type ViewModels

Any non-primitive types which are not themselves a EF Entity Models or Custom DTOs which are accessible through the aforementioned types, either through one of its Properties, or return value from one of its Methods, will have a corresponding TypeScript ViewModel generated for it. These ViewModels only provide a KnockoutObservable field for each property on the C# class.

see TypeScript External ViewModels for more details.

View Controllers

For each of your EF Entity Models and Custom DTOs, a controller is created in the /Controllers/Generated directory of your web project. These controllers provide routes for the generated admin views.

As you add your own pages to your application, you should add additional partial classes in the /Controllers that extend these generated partial classes to expose those pages.

Admin Views

For each of your EF Entity Models and Custom DTOs, a number of views are generated to provide administrative-level access to your data.

Provides a basic table view with sorting, searching, and paging of your data.
Provides the table view, but with inline editing in the table.
Provides a card-based view of your data with searching and paging.
Provides an editor view which can be used to create new entities or edit existing ones.
Provides a minimal amount of HTML to display an editor for the object type. This is used by the showEditor method on the generated TypeScript ViewModels.