In recent versions of Sitecore – at least 8.2 and some versions of 8.1 – line breaks in multi-line fields are not rendered as <br/> tags when output on a page although they are supposed to.

@Html.Sitecore().Field("Multi line field")

When outputting fields like above it runs the renderField pipeline to get the content of the field.

You can force the correct behavior adding the linebreaks parameter.

@Html.Sitecore().Field("Multi line field", new { linebreaks = "<br/>" })

This will now work as expected and render all line breaks as the value of that parameter – <br/>. You can use anything you like here. When the parameter is not there, it is supposed to fall back to using <br/>, but it currently doesn’t.

Sitecore is tracking this bug by reference number 95002.


It’s pretty easy to fix though. One way (as the supplied fix by Sitecore) is to replace the GetMemoFieldValue processor in the renderField pipeline with a fixed version, which falls back to using <br/> if the linebreaks parameter is null.

public class GetMemoFieldValue
    public void Process(RenderFieldArgs args)
        switch (args.FieldTypeKey)
            case "memo":
            case "multi-line text":
                string linebreaks = args.RenderParameters["line-breaks"] 
                                    ?? args.RenderParameters["linebreaks"])
                                    ?? "<br/>";
                args.Result.FirstPart = GetMemoFieldValue.Replace(args.Result.FirstPart, linebreaks);
                args.Result.LastPart = GetMemoFieldValue.Replace(args.Result.LastPart, linebreaks);

    private static string Replace(string output, string linebreaks)
        output = output.Replace("\r\n", linebreaks);
        output = output.Replace("\n\r", linebreaks);
        output = output.Replace("\n", linebreaks);
        output = output.Replace("\r", linebreaks);
        return output;

Then you just replace the existing GetMemoFieldValue processor with the fixed on with a config patch.