Render view from controller in ASP.NET Core

In ASP.NET Core, if you want to render a view to a string, this Stack Overflow answer makes it simple. I’ve used this to return HTML in a JSON request that also includes other data, to build an email body, and to get raw HTML to pass off to wkhtmltopdf to build PDF from HTML.

public static async Task<string> RenderViewAsync<TModel>(this Controller controller, 
    string viewName, TModel model, bool partial = false) {
    if (string.IsNullOrEmpty(viewName)) {
        viewName = controller.ControllerContext.ActionDescriptor.ActionName;

    controller.ViewData.Model = model;

    using (var writer = new StringWriter()) {
        IViewEngine viewEngine = controller.HttpContext.RequestServices
            .GetService(typeof(ICompositeViewEngine)) as ICompositeViewEngine;
        ViewEngineResult viewResult = viewEngine.FindView(
            controller.ControllerContext, viewName, !partial);

        if (viewResult.Success == false) {
            return $"A view with the name {viewName} could not be found";

        ViewContext viewContext = new ViewContext(controller.ControllerContext,
            viewResult.View, controller.ViewData, controller.TempData,
            writer, new HtmlHelperOptions()

        await viewResult.View.RenderAsync(viewContext);

        return writer.GetStringBuilder().ToString();