Getting started with WebGrid in MVC : Render the basic WebGrid

In this example I’ll show you that how to render the basic WebGrid in the Razor View. I’ll use the Sample Employee SQL Database in the examples. I believe you have setup the all prerequisites for Walk-through of WebGrid in MVC 4.

Let’s start with controller, see the action ‘webgrid_demo’:

namespace MvcApplication1.Controllers
    public class HomeController : Controller
        private EmployeeDatabaseEntities _dbcontext = 
                            new EmployeeDatabaseEntities();
        public ActionResult Index()
            ViewBag.Message = "Click on example to load.";
            return View("Index");
        public ActionResult webgrid_demo()
            Response.CacheControl = "no-cache";
            _dbcontext = new EmployeeDatabaseEntities();
            var model = _dbcontext.tbl_Employee;
            return View("WebGrid", model.ToList<tbl_Employee>());

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picture: 1.1

From the controller I am passing the model in the form of List innumerable. In the View we set the source of the WebGrid ( var grid1 = new WebGrid(source: Model), than gethtml() method of the WebGrid renders the simple html table with the data. You can see the rendered html table in the picture 1.1.
You will also get the others functionalists with using the simple two line of code such as paging and sorting; the column headers are rendered as Link to enable the sorting. Simply you can handle paging, sorting, custom styles and behavior of the WebGrid in your own way.

@model List<MvcApplication1.tbl_Employee>
    ViewBag.Title = "Working with Web Grid in MVC";
@section featured {
    <section class="featured">
        <div class="content-wrapper">
            <hgroup class="title">
<div id="EmployeeViewGrid">
                var grid1 = new WebGrid(source: Model, canPage: true);
@section Scripts {

The WebGrid have the following main properties:

Source – Source of the data Usually the model passed by the controller action (See in the example we are passing the model.ToList>tbl_Employee<() in the form of List>t<).
DefaultSort – this property indicates how the data will be sorted. ( we are not using this property in the example. Try using this property like as:
var grid1 = new WebGrid(source: Model,DefaultSort:"Name", canPage: true);
RowsPerPage – Number of records that will be shown on table.
CanPage – this property allows paging. By default the value is true. If you want to stop paging, just use the property with false value like as:
var grid1 = new WebGrid(source: Model, canPage: false);
CanSort – Allows sorting by clicking on column’s header. The value of this property will be true or false.

If you will face any problem. Please let me know.