404 error calling an MVC controller action

There are two reasons I have seen this so far, and I have included both. I have creatively labeled them “Reason #1” and “Reason #2”. I leave it to you what will happen if I find a third reason.

Reason #1

I was using Ajax to call an MVC action like so:

            type: 'GET',
            url: '@Url.Content("~/Home/Stuff")',
            success: function (data) {
            }, error: function (xhr) {

And my Stuff action in the Home controller:

private ActionResult Stuff() {
            return PartialView("~/Views/Home/Stuff.cshtml");

But, I was deeply saddened to see that I was getting a “404 Not Found” error when I tried to do this. And it was because I made a simple mistake and hadn’t made my Stuff action public. Making that change fixed the issue:

public ActionResult Stuff() {
             return PartialView("~/Views/Home/Stuff.cshtml"); 

Reason #2

The second reason was that the URL was pointing to the wrong location. Shocker, I know. But here is the code that was causing the 404:

        url: '/Account/GetUsers',
        method: "GET",

It appears that this would be fine – calling my controller Account, and the action GetUsers. However, this is ignoring that jQuery doesn’t know the complete path. The right code is:

        url: '@Url.Content("~/Account/GetUsers")',
        method: "GET",




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