Finding the home node in Umbraco

In almost all Umbraco sites you build, you will need to access values stored in the home page. It's fine if you are on the home page already, as you can just use Current Page. But sometimes, you may be on a different page in the site and need to access the Home Page from there. This post shows you how to find the home page (root node) and It shows you how to do it from inside a View or in a Controller.

Please note: This code assumes you are working from a page which is a child or descendant of the home page. Thanks to Matt Brailsford's comment, I've updated the code to make it even simpler.

The highlighted word below is the document type alias for the home document.

In a View

@inherits Umbraco.Web.Mvc.UmbracoTemplatePage
@{     IPublishedContent homePage = Model.Content.AncestorOrSelf("Home"); }

In a Controller

Add these references at the top of the controller

using Umbraco.Web;
using Umbraco.Core.Models;
using System.Linq;

Now you can use this line in one of your methods.

IPublishedContent homePage = CurrentPage.AncestorOrSelf("Home");

That was easy

That's it. Now you know how to do it.

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Paul Seal

A .NET Web Developer from Derby (UK) who specialises in building Content Management System (CMS) websites using MVC with Umbraco as a framework. Paul is passionate about web development and programming as a whole. Apart from when he's with his wife and son, if he's not writing code, he's thinking about it or listening to a podcast about it.

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