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ProgressBar using JQueryUI and SignalR

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Progressbar using JQueryUI and SignalR


Today, we can see more and more web applications developed are equipped with AJAX. Although the success of AJAX compelled more developers to adapt and shift towards Ajax-based applications, still we have some areas left behind specially when it comes to real-time progress indication or notification. In this case, we have the only option to display the progress by showing progress bar or spinning wheel to make the Client believe that something is happening behind the scene without showing any Server-Side information to the Client.

In earnest, with this one-way or disconnected approach, there aren't many ways in which one can accomplish the real-time progress indication in AJAX. To cope with this scenario, one can build a real-time progress bar using a new and still-in-progress library: SignalR; a Microsoft .NET Framework signaling library being developed by the ASP.NET team, shifted as a part of Visual Studio 2013.

This tip will describe as illustrated in the following screen shot: 

Using the Code

For creating the sample application as follows, I used Visual Studio 2012, jQuery 1.7, SignalR 2.0 and JQuery UI.

First of all, we need to add SignalR to the web application. There are several ways to do this, the simplest being right-clicking in your project, Manage NuGet packages, search Online for signalr and selecting to install Microsoft ASP.NET SignalR.

Next, we add to the project an OWIN Startup class and add Configuration method inside it to map SignalR library.

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Web;
using Microsoft.Owin;
using Owin; 
[assembly: OwinStartup(typeof(RealTimeProgressBar.Startup))]
namespace RealTimeProgressBar
    public class Startup
        public void Configuration(IAppBuilder app)
            // Any connection or hub wire up and configuration should go here

Following is the hub class that does the server side processing:

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Threading;
using System.Web;
using Microsoft.AspNet.SignalR;
namespace RealTimeProgressBar
    public class ProgressHub : Hub
        public string msg = "Initializing and Preparing...";
        public int count = 100;
        public void CallLongOperation()
            for (int x = 0; x <= count; x++)
                    // delay the process to see things clearly
                    if (x == 20)
                        msg = "Loading Application Settings...";
                    else if (x == 40)
                        msg = "Applying Application Settings...";
                    else if (x == 60)
                        msg = "Loading User Settings...";
                    else if (x == 80)
                        msg = "Applying User Settings...";
                    else if (x == 100)
                        msg = "Process Completed!...";
                    // call client-side SendMethod method
                            (msg + " {0}% of {1}%", x, count));                

By the time, our server is ready. We have a CallLongOperation() method that is called from the client side. This method simulates a long running operation with 100 iterations and, at every iteration, notifies the client of the current status with appropriate messages. The Thread.Sleep() method was introduced to slow down the server, otherwise we could hardly see the progress in action.

Next, we have to prepare the client. Create a new HTML page (or use the page where you want to show the notifications).

<span style="white-space: pre-wrap;"><html xmlns="">
<head id="Head1" runat="server">
    <title>Real-time Progress Bar using SignalR and JQuery UI</title>
    <link type="text/css" href="Content/ui.all.css" rel="stylesheet" />
    <link href="Content/redmond/jquery-ui-1.10.3.custom.min.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" />
    <script src="Scripts/jquery-1.7.1.min.js"></script>
    <script type="text/javascript" src="Scripts/ui.core.js"></script>
    <script type="text/javascript" src="Scripts/ui.progressbar.js"></script>
    <%--  --%>
    <!-- signalr library -->
    <script src="Scripts/jquery.signalR-2.0.2.min.js"></script>
    <!-- autogenerated signalr hub script -->
    <script src=""></script>
    <script type="text/javascript" language="javascript">
        $(document).ready(function () {
            // initialize progress bar
            $("#progressbar").progressbar({ value: 0 });
            // initialize the connection to the server
            var progressNotifier = $.connection.progressHub;
            // client-side sendMessage function that will be called from the server-side
            progressNotifier.client.sendMessage = function (message) {
                // update progress
            // establish the connection to the server and start server-side operation
            $.connection.hub.start().done(function () {
                // call the method CallLongOperation defined in the Hub
        function UpdateProgress(message) {
            // get result div
            var result = $("#result");
            // set message
            // get progress bar
            var value = $("#progressbar").progressbar("option", "value");
            // update progress bar
            $("#progressbar").progressbar("value", value + 1);
    <form id="form1" runat="server">
        <div style="width: 30%; margin: 0 auto;">
            <div id="result" style="font-family: Tahoma; 
            font-size: 0.9em; color: darkgray; margin-top: 230px; padding-bottom: 5px">
                Initializing and Preparing...
            <div id="progressbar" style="width: 300px; height: 15px"></div>
            <br />

The above code does start automatically when DOM loaded and can do the following: 

  • Establishes the persistent connection between the client and the server
  • Declares a client side function that will be called by the server
  • Calls the server's method that performs the time consuming operation
  • Updates the JQuery UI ProgressBar

Points of Interest

This is sometimes useful when we want to load user and application settings from database and save into the application as an intermediary process between authentication and redirection to the main page.


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


About the Author

Kashif Amin Makhdoom
Software Developer (Senior)
Pakistan Pakistan
Kashif Amin is from Karachi, Pakistan having graduated from University of Sindh and Post Graduate Certificate form NED University. He started his programming career with C. After programming Java, VB and PHP for a few years he discovered his favorite programming language C#. He has a vast programming experience in Web, Mobile and Sharepoint.

Kashif Amin is an MCTS and MCPD in Web Applications. Currently, he holds the position of Senior Software Engineer in a IT/Telecome multinational company. He is also the founder and CEO at KODEX – a Software Developers and Consultants Company.

Kashif Amin is also giving lectures in C#, HTML5 with CSS3, JQuery, JQuery Mobile, Android, Worklight, Sharepoint, DotNetNuke, Sql Server, Oracle, Flex, Flash, Photoshop, JavaScript and other topics. He is good at learning technological trends, techniques and tools. He is currently busy doing his project for his current employer.

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