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How to validate atleast one checkbox is selected in a grid

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How to validate atleast one checkbox is selected in a grid, from the client side.


Here is the JavaScript code that ensures at least one checkbox is checked among the checkboxes inside a GridView control before submitting the form. A generalized function is provided which can be used for any grid. The base idea came from a fellow poster, Samir Nigam:

Using the code

In the DataGrid, I use a checkbox inside a template column, and attach an OnClientClick event to the button by passing the grid name and the checkbox name.

<asp:DataGrid ID="dgTry" runat="server">
        <asp:BoundColumn DataField="name"></asp:BoundColumn>
        <asp:BoundColumn DataField="Age"></asp:BoundColumn>
          <asp:CheckBox ID="chkSelect" runat="server"></asp:CheckBox>

In the JavaScript section, I then add this piece of code:

<script language="javascript">
   function TestCheckBox(gridId,checkboxName)
      var TargetChildControl = checkboxName;
      var Inputs ;
            Inputs = gridId.getElementsByTagName("input");
      for(var n = 0; n < Inputs.length; ++n)
         if(Inputs[n].type == 'checkbox' && 
            Inputs[n].id.indexOf(TargetChildControl,0) >= 0 && 
          return true;        
      alert('Select at least one checkbox!');
      return false;

Now, add a button and add the OnClientClick event:

<asp:Button ID="btnSubmit" runat="server" 

  OnClick="Submit" OnClientClick="return TestCheckBox(dgTry,'chkSelect');" />

In the above code, we are passing the grid name and the checkbox name to the DataGrid. The function will find out all the input elements within the grid, and look if a checkbox with the name passed is checked. On the first instance it finds such a case, it returns true so a postback occurs, otherwise no.

Points of interest

While coding this, it was fun to find how the client ID could be passed to a function. Later, I figured out the ID of the control was sufficient.


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QuestionHow to validate checkbox list inside gridview Pin
Member 102176784-Sep-17 22:23
memberMember 102176784-Sep-17 22:23 
GeneralMy vote of 1 Pin
C.V.Vikram16-Sep-09 0:17
memberC.V.Vikram16-Sep-09 0:17 
GeneralThere could be a problem Pin
Irwan Hassan18-Jun-09 7:59
memberIrwan Hassan18-Jun-09 7:59 
GeneralRe: There could be a problem Pin
Member 107271920-Jun-09 5:58
memberMember 107271920-Jun-09 5:58 
GeneralError message Pin
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GeneralSamir?! Pin
Wartickler5-Jun-09 3:25
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