Modern UI for WPF

A set of controls and styles converting your WPF application into a great looking Modern UI app. This open source project is a spin-off of XAML Spy, the visual runtime inspector for Silverlight, Windows Phone, Windows Store and WPF. Read the announcement at

See some screenshots to get an idea of what Modern UI for WPF is all about. And visit the documentation to learn how to incorporate Modern UI for WPF into your application.

Visit the showcase app gallery to learn how others are putting Modern UI for WPF to good use.



  • Appearance, configurable at runtime
    • Dark, light and custom themes
    • Accent color
    • Large and small fonts
  • New modern controls
    • BBCodeBlock
    • ModernButton
    • ModernDialog
    • ModernFrame
    • ModernMenu
    • ModernProgressRing (with 8 built-in styles)
    • ModernTab
    • ModernWindow
    • RelativeAnimatingContentControl
    • TransitioningContentControl
  • Layout
    • A set of predefined page layouts for a consistent look & feel
  • Control styles
    • Styles for common WPF controls, such as Button, TextBlock, etc.
    • All styles automatically adapt the dark and light theme and use accent colors where appropiate
  • Customizable navigation framework
    • ILinkNavigator and IContentLoader interfaces for maximum flexibility
    • Content loader exception templates in ModernFrame
  • Project and item templates
    • Visual Studio 2012 and 2013 project and item templates for creating ModernUI apps as fast and smooth as possible
    • Read more and download the extension containing the templates at the Visual Studio Gallery



MahApps.Metro is an existing open source library for creating Modern (or Metro) UI styled WPF apps. XAML Spy was initially inspired by MahApp.Metro, but the controls and styles used in XAML Spy (and Modern UI for WPF) are entirely custom-build. If you compare the two projects you'll notice that Modern UI for WPF takes a different approach on building Modern UI styled apps.

If you haven't done so already, take a look at MahApps.Metro, it's a great library.

Last edited Aug 22, 2014 at 9:47 PM by kozw, version 37