Code Quality Rank: L2
Programming language: C#
License: MIT License
Tags: WinForms     Theme     Material     Design     Materialskin    

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MaterialSkin for .NET WinForms

Theming .NET WinForms, C# or VB.Net, to Google's Material Design Principles.

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High quality images can be found at the bottom of this page.

Current state of the MaterialSkin components

Component Supported Dark & light version Disabled mode Animated
Checkbox Yes Yes Yes Yes
Divider Yes Yes N/A N/A
Flat Button Yes Yes Yes Yes
Label Yes Yes N/A N/A
Radio Button Yes Yes Yes Yes
Raised Button Yes Yes Yes Yes
Single-line text field Yes Yes No Yes
TabControl Yes N/A N/A Yes
ContextMenuStrip Yes Yes Yes Yes
ListView Yes Yes No No
ProgressBar Yes Yes No No
FloatingActionButton No No No No
Dialogs No No No No
Switch No No No No
More... No No No No

Implementing MaterialSkin in your application

1. Add the library to your project

You can do this on multiple ways. The easiest way would be adding the NuGet Package. Right click on your project and click 'Manage NuGet Packages...'. Search for 'MaterialSkin' and click on install. Once installed the library will be included in your project references. (Or install it through the package manager console: PM> Install-Package MaterialSkin)

Another way of doing this step would be cloning the project from GitHub, compiling the library yourself and adding it as a reference.

2. Add the MaterialSkin components to your ToolBox

If you have installed the NuGet package, the MaterialSkin.dll file should be in the folder //bin/Debug. Simply drag the MaterialSkin.dll file into your IDE's ToolBox and all the controls should be added there.

3. Inherit from MaterialForm

Open the code behind your Form you wish to skin. Make it inherit from MaterialForm rather than Form. Don't forget to put the library in your imports, so it can find the MaterialForm class!

C# (Form1.cs)

  public partial class Form1 : MaterialForm

VB.NET (Form1.Designer.vb)

  Partial Class Form1
    Inherits MaterialSkin.Controls.MaterialForm

4. Initialize your colorscheme

Set your preferred colors & theme. Also add the form to the manager so it keeps updated if the color scheme or theme changes later on.

C# (Form1.cs)

  public Form1()

      var materialSkinManager = MaterialSkinManager.Instance;
      materialSkinManager.Theme = MaterialSkinManager.Themes.LIGHT;
      materialSkinManager.ColorScheme = new ColorScheme(Primary.BlueGrey800, Primary.BlueGrey900, Primary.BlueGrey500, Accent.LightBlue200, TextShade.WHITE);

VB.NET (Form1.vb)

Imports MaterialSkin

Public Class Form1

    Private Sub Form1_Load(sender As Object, e As EventArgs) Handles MyBase.Load
        Dim SkinManager As MaterialSkinManager = MaterialSkinManager.Instance
        SkinManager.Theme = MaterialSkinManager.Themes.LIGHT
        SkinManager.ColorScheme = New ColorScheme(Primary.BlueGrey800, Primary.BlueGrey900, Primary.BlueGrey500, Accent.LightBlue200, TextShade.WHITE)
    End Sub
End Class

Material Design in WPF

If you love .NET and Material Design, you should definitely check out Material Design Xaml Toolkit by ButchersBoy. It's a similar project but for WPF instead of WinForms.

State of the project

This project is no longer under active development. Though, contributions are still welcome and the community will likely still help if you open an issue.


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A simple demo interface with MaterialSkin components.

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The MaterialSkin checkboxes.

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The MaterialSkin radiobuttons.

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The MaterialSkin ListView.

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MaterialSkin using a custom color scheme.