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Check/uncheck CheckBox in a GridView using Javascript

, 29 Mar 2008 CPOL
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Check/uncheck CheckBox control inside a GridView using javascript without postback.


Check/uncheck CheckBox control inside a GridView using javascript without postback. This article will give an idea on how to achieve this task.

Some sample code is provided under Using the code heading and complete code is available in the project download.


(Forums are flooded with the questions about how to check/uncheck CheckBox control inside a GridView using javascript without postback.

How To’s:

In this article a GridView control is used. Inside the GridView control there are 3 fields. One template field and two are bound fields to display some sample data.

Inside the TemplateField a CheckBox control is placed in the HeaderTemplate (with ID cbSelectAll and Text Select All), ItemTemplate and AlternatingItemTemplate.

Using the code

Code that will be required to achieve this task.

Javascript that will be required to perform the Select All action is as follow:

    <script type="text/javascript">
        function <code>SelectAll(id)</code>
            //get reference of GridView control
            <code>var</code> grid = document.getElementById("<%= GridView1.ClientID %>");
            //variable to contain the cell of the grid
            <code>var</code> cell;
            if (grid.rows.length > 0)
                //loop starts from 1. rows[0] points to the header.
                for (i=1; i<grid.rows.length; i++)
                    //get the reference of first column
                    cell = grid.rows[i].cells[0];
                    //loop according to the number of childNodes in the cell
                    for (j=0; j<cell.childNodes.length; j++)
                        //if childNode type is CheckBox                 
                        if (cell.childNodes[j].type =="checkbox")
                        //assign the status of the Select All checkbox to the cell checkbox within the grid
                            cell.childNodes[j].checked = document.getElementById(id).checked;

Code required to add an attribute of cbSelectAll CheckBox is as follow:

    protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
        if (!IsPostBack)
            //Binding GridView with the datasource

            //FillDataTable is a method that will return a DataTable
            //filled with some rows (code available in download)
            this.GridView1.DataSource = FillDataTable();

    protected void GridView1_RowDataBound(object sender, GridViewRowEventArgs e)
        if (e.Row.RowType == DataControlRowType.Header)
            //Find the checkbox control in header and add an attribute
            ((CheckBox)e.Row.FindControl("cbSelectAll")).Attributes.Add("onclick", "javascript:SelectAll('" + 
                    ((CheckBox)e.Row.FindControl("cbSelectAll")).ClientID + "')");

Before clicking the Select All CheckBox

After clicking the Select All CheckBox


This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)


About the Author

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Faraz is working as a Senior Software Engineer for a company located in Sharjah, UAE. He likes developing new applications with the latest technologies. Mostly reponsible for web applications using Microsoft.Net. He has done MCPD so far. Other than work play guitars, sing and play PSP.

Comments and Discussions

Questionnested grid view Pin
Member 10217678 at 23-Apr-15 22:00
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Generalvery useful thanks Pin
mongoose_za at 1-Oct-14 1:19
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QuestionMy vote of 5 Pin
Rahim Lotfi at 13-Jul-14 12:27
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GeneralMy vote of 5 Pin
Abhijoy_D at 6-Mar-13 21:15
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GeneralMy vote of 5 Pin
vinyasAm at 24-Sep-12 2:27
membervinyasAm24-Sep-12 2:27 
Answereasy way to check/uncheck Checkboxes in gridview Pin
shilpis at 12-Jul-12 4:02
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GeneralMy vote of 5 Pin
Mico Perez at 29-Apr-12 22:03
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GeneralMy vote of 5 Pin
Deepanjan Dey at 5-Jan-12 3:28
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GeneralMy vote of 5 Pin
Nigam Patel at 4-Jan-12 0:55
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GeneralMy vote of 5 Pin
Maverick2009 at 21-Jun-11 2:29
memberMaverick200921-Jun-11 2:29 
Excellent illustration of how to manage checkboxes in a gridview
GeneralMy vote of 5 Pin
Habib2010 at 19-Jun-11 21:48
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GeneralMy vote of 5 Pin
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GeneralMy vote of 5 Pin
Thrinath reddy at 25-Feb-11 0:53
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GeneralMy vote of 4 Pin
shreekanth Gaanji at 19-Feb-11 21:32
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GeneralMy vote of 5 Pin
brijesh vaidya at 21-Dec-10 19:41
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GeneralMy vote of 1 Pin
sourabh patni at 27-Sep-10 1:20
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GeneralMy vote of 5 Pin
AMIT_BHAGAT at 12-Aug-10 23:03
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GeneralI made an improvement Pin
Member 698851 at 5-Feb-10 10:50
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GeneralGridview Validation help is needed Pin
Rameez Raja at 24-Nov-09 19:55
memberRameez Raja24-Nov-09 19:55 
Generalwell done Pin
Donsw at 18-Apr-09 11:37
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Generalcheckbox not getting selected Pin
svknair at 27-Jan-09 20:49
membersvknair27-Jan-09 20:49 
GeneralRe: checkbox not getting selected Pin
farazsk11 at 28-Jan-09 0:33
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GeneralGreat Snippet Pin
Mico_Perez_II at 12-Jan-09 22:36
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GeneralRe: Great Snippet Pin
farazsk11 at 13-Jan-09 0:12
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GeneralRe: Great Snippet Pin
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