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WebGrid in ASP.NET MVC4

, 14 Jul 2013 CPOL
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This tip will help you to develop a webgrid in ASP.NET MVC application.


We can define WebGrid to display data on a web page using an HTML table element. It renders tabular data in a very simple manner with support for custom formatting of columns, paging, sorting, and asynchronous updates via AJAX.

The main properties in WebGrid are:

  • Source – Where your data comes from. Usually the model passed by the controller action.
  • DefaultSort – Here you can define how the data will be sorted. Just provide the column name here.
  • RowsPerPage – Number of records that will be shown on table.
  • CanPage – Allows paging.
  • CanSort – Allows sorting by clicking on column title.
  • SelectedFieldName - Gets full name of the query-string field that is used to specify the selected row of the WebGrid instance.

Using the Code

In this tip, I will explain how to use WebGrid in an ASP.NET MVC 4 application. First, I am going to create a Model named Product.


public class Product
    public string Id { get; set; }
    public string Name { get; set; }
    public string Description { get; set; }
    public long Quantity { get; set; }

I am using Razor view engine and my InventoryController contains the following action:


public ActionResult WebgridSample()
    ObservableCollection<Product> inventoryList = 
    	new ObservableCollection<Product>();
    inventoryList.Add(new Product { Id = "P101", 
    Name = "Computer", Description = "All type of computers", Quantity = 800 });
    inventoryList.Add(new Product { Id = "P102", 
    Name = "Laptop", Description = "All models of Laptops", Quantity = 500 });
    inventoryList.Add(new Product { Id = "P103", 
    Name = "Camera", Description = "Hd  cameras", Quantity = 300 });
    inventoryList.Add(new Product { Id = "P104", 
    Name = "Mobile", Description = "All Smartphones", Quantity = 450 });
    inventoryList.Add(new Product { Id = "P105", 
    Name = "Notepad", Description = "All branded of notepads", Quantity = 670 });
    inventoryList.Add(new Product { Id = "P106", 
    Name = "Harddisk", Description = "All type of Harddisk", Quantity = 1200 });
    inventoryList.Add(new Product { Id = "P107", 
    Name = "PenDrive", Description = "All type of Pendrive", Quantity = 370 });
    return View(inventoryList);

In my WebgridSample View, I am creating a WebGrid and specify the columns in the call to GetHtml.


    var grid = new WebGrid(Model, canPage: true, rowsPerPage: 5, 
    selectionFieldName: "selectedRow",ajaxUpdateContainerId: "gridContent");

The WebGrid helper allows us to add class names to style the table, header, footer, row, and alternating row elements.

<style type="text/css">
    .webGrid { margin: 4px; border-collapse: collapse; width: 500px;  background-color:#B4CFC3;}
    .header { background-color: #C1D4E6; font-weight: bold; color: #FFF; }
    .webGrid th, .webGrid td { border: 1px solid #C0C0C0; padding: 5px; }
    .alt { background-color: #E4E9F5; color: #000; }
    .gridHead a:hover {text-decoration:underline;}
    .description { width:auto}
    .select{background-color: #71857C}

Adding the columns to a grid for specifying the column order, name, and field to bind:

<div id="gridContent">
    @grid.GetHtml(tableStyle: "webGrid",
            headerStyle: "header",
            alternatingRowStyle: "alt",
            selectedRowStyle: "select",
            columns: grid.Columns(
            grid.Column("Id", format: (item) => item.GetSelectLink(item.Id)),
            grid.Column("Name", " Name"),
            grid.Column("Description", "Description", style: "description"),
            grid.Column("Quantity", "Quantity")

For navigating the selected item, I use the format parameter in the Id column. The format parameter of the Column method allows us to customize the rendering of a data item.

grid.Column("Id", format: (item) => item.GetSelectLink(item.Id)) 

The below code display the selected row in an HTML code block, and for that I created an instance of the model Product.

    InventoryManagement.Models.Product product = new InventoryManagement.Models.Product();

@if (grid.HasSelection)
 product = (InventoryManagement.Models.Product)grid.Rows[grid.SelectedIndex].Value;
 <b>Id</b> @product.Id<br />
 <b>Name</b>  @product.Name<br />
 <b>Description</b> @product.Description<br />
 <b>Quantity</b> @product.Quantity<br />

For avoiding page refresh while pagination, we can add an AJAX parameter ajaxUpdateContainerId and wrap the grid markup with a DIV element. Here we can assign the div id as  ajaxUpdateContainerId.

ajaxUpdateContainerId: "gridContent"

Add a reference to jQuery.

 <script src="../../Scripts/jquery-1.7.1.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>   

Here in this  example if you want to get the selected item from webgrid and want to show in seperate page, yoy can use Action link in webgrid column.

 @Html.ActionLink("Link text",
                          "Action Method Name",
                          "Controller Name",
                         "Route value",
grid.Column("Detail", format: @<text>@Html.ActionLink("Select", "Submit",
                new { QtId = item.QtId }) </text>),

In the Action , you can pass the parameter as id and retrieve the corresponding value to show in the page.


  • 4th July, 2013: Initial post.

This tip is based on this blog.


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


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