JqGrid Search in MVC - ProgramIdea

JqGrid Search In MVC

This is the next part of jqGrid tutorial, before this we already study the basic examples, pagination and sorting of jqGrid. Here we are learning searching feature in jqGrid.

Here we are creating a mvc application for demonstrating jqGrid. That has a controller that name is JqGridController. In that controller, GetStudents() method return the list of records from database table Student using Entity Framework in json format. Index action method is created for ui representation.

Controller Codes

public class JqGridController : Controller


    //GET: /JqGrid/

    public ActionResult Index()


        return View();



    public JsonResult GetStudents()


        DbStudentEntities db = new DbStudentEntities();

        var data = from i in db.Students

                    select new


                        StudentId = i.StudentId,

                        Name = i.Name,

                        Mobile = i.Mobile,

                        Email = i.Email,

                        City = i.City,

                        DOJ = i.DOJ


        return Json(data, JsonRequestBehavior.AllowGet);



API References

You can download the jqGrid api package or install the jqGrid packages using NuGet package installer from visual studio. After that add all required scripts on page. Below is showing all necessary reference files.

<link href="~/Scripts/JqGrid/css/ui.jqgrid.css" rel="stylesheet" />

<link href="~/Scripts/Jquery-ui/css/ui-lightness/jquery-ui-1.10.3.custom.css" rel="stylesheet" />

<script src="~/Scripts/JqGrid/js/jquery-1.11.0.min.js"></script>

<script src="~/Scripts/JqGrid/js/jquery.jqGrid.min.js"></script>

<script src="~/Scripts/JqGrid/js/i18n/grid.locale-en.js"></script>

Html Codes

Add below html codes


    <table id="tblData"></table>

    <div id="divPager"></div>


js Codes

colModel's searchoptions: Use colModel's searchoptions option for searching facility. That have an option sopt which accept array of string. String is the special keyword for searching text from column. Following are search keywords:

1. eq : equal

2. ne : not equal

3. lt : less

4. le : less or equal

5. gt : greater

6. ge : greater or equal

7. bw : begins with

8. bn : does not begin with

9. in : is in

10. ni : is not in

11. ew : ends with

12. en : does not end with

13. cn : contains

14. nc : does not contain

In below example, we are using 'cn' keyword that means whatever text you enter in textbox, result will be only that who contains that text.

<script type="text/javascript">

    $(document).ready(function () {


            url: 'http://localhost:51548/JqGrid/GetStudents',

            datatype: "json",

            mtype: 'Get',

            colNames: ['Name', 'Mobile', 'Email', 'City'],

            colModel: [{ name: 'Name', index: 'Name', sorttype: 'text', searchoptions: {sopt:['cn' ]} },

                        { name: 'Mobile', index: 'Mobile', searchoptions: { sopt: ['cn'] } },

                        { name: 'Email', index: 'Email', searchoptions: { sopt: ['cn'] } },

                        { name: 'City', index: 'City', searchoptions: { sopt: ['cn'] } }],

            width: 700,               

            height: 'auto',

            viewrecords: true,

            loadonce: true,


            rowNum: 5,

            rowList: [5, 10, 20, 50, 100],

            pager: $("#divPager"),

            caption: "JqGrid Sample By programidea.com"


        $("#tblData").jqGrid('filterToolbar', { searchoperators: true });