Geting PreValues from Umbraco Data Type

I thought i would share the solution to getting the pre values from a Data Type, as the documentation for this on the Umbraco website seems to have been removed.

The code below is an edited version of what worked for me (to remove the project details).

You will need to replace NAME or name with your values to make this work correctly, however it should point in the right direction.



public ActionResult NAME()
    return PartialView("~/Views/Partials/NAME.cshtml", new MODELNAME{NAME = GetSelectListForNAME()});

        private SelectList GetSelectListForNAME()
            var preValueDataType = Umbraco.DataTypeService.GetPreValuesCollectionByDataTypeId(1301); //Change Data Type ID
            var preValues = preValueDataType.PreValuesAsDictionary.Values.Where(pdv => pdv.Value != "0");

            var namesList = preValues.Select(preValue => new SelectListItem
                    Value = preValue.Id.ToString(),
                    Text = preValue.Value
            return new SelectList(namesList);


public SelectList NAMES { get; set; }

public string NAME { get; set; }

Razor View

This will populate a drop down list

@Html.DropDownListFor(model => model.NAME, Model.NAMES.Items as List)