Part 1: How to display database data in webgrid in mvc 4


This is the 5th part of this series, where I am going to explain to display database data in webgrid in asp.net MVC

You know, Dotnet awesome is a platform to learn, read and explore contents related to web development. Here in this series "Implement basic functionality in asp.net MVC application", I have explained how to create some very basic functionality like create a registration pagelogin pagefile upload page etc., especially for beginners.

I have explained following articles in the series "Implement basic functionality in asp.net MVC application"
  1. How to create a User Registration page using asp.net mvc
  2. How to create a login page using asp.net mvc
  3. How to create career page with Upload file (CV) in MVC
  4. How to create Feedback page with cascade dropdownlist in MVC.
  5. How to display database data in webgrid in mvc

Steps :

Step - 1: Create New Project.

Go to File > New > Project > Select asp.net MVC4 web application > Entry Application Name > Click OK > Select Internet Application > Select view engine Razor > OK

Step-2: Add a Database.

Go to Solution Explorer > Right Click on App_Data folder > Add > New item > Select SQL Server Database Under Data > Enter Database name > Add.

Step-3: Create table for Get data.

Open Database > Right Click on Table > Add New Table > Add Columns > Save > Enter table name > Ok.
In this example, I have used one tables as below

Step-4: Add Entity Data Model.

Go to Solution Explorer > Right Click on Project name form Solution Explorer > Add > New item > Select ADO.net Entity Data Model under data > Enter model name > Add.
A popup window will come (Entity Data Model Wizard) > Select Generate from database > Next >
Chose your data connection > select your database > next > Select tables > enter Model Namespace > Finish.

Step-5: Create a Controller.

Go to Solution Explorer > Right Click on Controllers folder form Solution Explorer > Add > Controller > Enter Controller name > Select Templete "empty MVC Controller"> Add.

Here I have created a controller "UserController"

Step-6: Add new action into your controller for Get Method, which will get data from database

            namespace MVCSimpleWebgrid.Controllers
                public class UserController : Controller
                    // GET: /User/
                    public ActionResult List()
                        var users = new List<UserMaster>();
                        //here  MyDatabaseEntities is the dbcontext
                        using (MyDatabaseEntities dc = new MyDatabaseEntities())
                            users = dc.UserMasters.ToList();
                        return View(users);


Step-7: Add view for your Action & design for show data in webgrid.

[N.B.: Before going to add view for your action, Please rebuild your application]
Right Click on Action Method (here right click on List action) > Add View... > Enter View Name > Select View Engine (Razor) > Check "Create a strong-typed view" > Select your model class > Add.
            @model List<MVCSimpleWebgrid.UserMaster>
                ViewBag.Title = "List of users";
                var grid = new WebGrid(source:Model,canPage:true, rowsPerPage:10);

            <h2>List of Users</h2>

            <style type="text/css">
            /*Here we will add css for style webgrid*/
                    font-family: "Trebuchet MS" , Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
                    font-size: 1.2em;
                    width: 100%;
                    display: table;
                    border-collapse: separate;
                    border: solid 1px #98BF21;
                    background-color: white;
                .webgrid-table td, th
                    border: 1px solid #98BF21;
                    padding: 3px 7px 2px;
                    background-color: #A7C942;
                    color: #FFFFFF;
                    padding-bottom: 4px;
                    padding-top: 5px;
                    text-align: left;
                    padding: 3px 7px 2px;
                    background-color: #EAF2D3;
                    padding: 3px 7px 2px;

            <div id="content">
                    //here i will add column for serial no
                    grid.Column(header:"Serial No", format:@<text><div>@(item.WebGrid.Rows.IndexOf(item)+1)</div></text>),
                    grid.Column(columnName:"FullName", header:"Full Name"),
                    grid.Column(header:"Email", format:@<text><a href="mailto:@item.EmailID">@item.EmailID</a></text>),
                    grid.Column(header:"Is Active?", format:@<text><input type="checkbox" checked="@item.isActive" disabled="disabled" /></text>)

Step-8: Run Application.

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Hello ! My name is Sourav Mondal. I am a software developer working in Microsoft .NET technologies since 2010.

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