return new EmptyResult() VS return NULL

in ASP.NET MVC when my action will not return anything I use return new EmptyResult()
or return null

is there any difference?


You can return null. MVC will detect that and return an EmptyResult.

MSDN: EmptyResult represents a result that doesn’t do anything,
like a controller action returning null

Source code of MVC.

public class EmptyResult : ActionResult {

    private static readonly EmptyResult _singleton = new EmptyResult();

    internal static EmptyResult Instance {
        get {
            return _singleton;

    public override void ExecuteResult(ControllerContext context) {

And the source from ControllerActionInvoker which shows if you return null,
MVC will return EmptyResult.

protected virtual ActionResult CreateActionResult(ControllerContext controllerContext, ActionDescriptor actionDescriptor, object actionReturnValue) {
    if (actionReturnValue == null) {
        return new EmptyResult();

    ActionResult actionResult = (actionReturnValue as ActionResult) ??
        new ContentResult { Content = Convert.ToString(actionReturnValue, CultureInfo.InvariantCulture) };
    return actionResult;

You can download the source code of the Asp.Net MVC Project on Codeplex.

Source : Link , Question Author : Artur Keyan , Answer Author : Bilaal Rashid

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