In this article I will explain with an example, how to implement Client Side Paging (Pagination) in WebGrid in ASP.Net MVC Razor.
The WebGrid will implement Client Side Paging (Pagination) using jQuery AJAX, JSON and Entity Framework in ASP.Net MVC Razor.
Here I am making use of Microsoft’s Northwind Database. You can download it from here.
Creating an Entity Data Model
The very first step is to create an ASP.Net MVC Application and connect it to the Northwind Database using Entity Framework. For more details please refer my article ASP.Net MVC: Simple Entity Framework Tutorial with example.
Following is the Entity Data Model of the Customers Table of the Northwind Database which will be used later in this project.
Client Side Paging in WebGrid in ASP.Net MVC
The following Model class named CustomerModel consists of four properties.
1. Customers – List collection of the Customer Entity Data Model which will hold the records of the Customers.
2. PageIndex – Holds the value of the index of the Current Page.
3. PageSize – Holds the value of number of rows to be displayed per page.
4. RecordCount – Holds the value of the Total Records present in the Table.
public class CustomerModel
    public List<Customer> Customers { get; set; }
    public int PageIndex { get; set; }
    public int PageSize { get; set; }
    public int RecordCount { get; set; }
The Controller consists of two Action methods.
Action method for handling GET operation
Inside this Action method, a dummy Customer record i.e. a record with Blank data is sent.
This is done in order to populate WebGrid with a Blank row and this Blank row will be used by jQuery AJAX to clone and populate more rows in the WebGrid.
Action method for handling jQuery AJAX operation
This Action method handles the call made from the jQuery AJAX function from the View.
Note: The following Action method handles AJAX calls and hence the return type is set to JsonResult.
First an object of the CustomerModel class is created and then the records are fetched from the Customers table using Entity Framework and are assigned to the Customers property of the CustomerModel object.
The Paging is performed on the records using the Skip and Take functions.
The Skip function accepts the Start Index from the set of records to fetched i.e. if Page Index is 1 then the Start Index will be (1 - 1) * 10 = 0.
Example: If Current Page Index is 1 and the Maximum Rows is 10 then the Start Index will be (1 - 1) * 10 = 0.
The Take function will fetch the rows based on the value of the PageSize property.
Finally the CustomerModel object is returned to the View as JSON object.
public class HomeController : Controller
    // GET: Home
    public ActionResult Index()
        List<Customer> dummy = new List<Customer>();
        dummy.Add(new Customer());
        return View(dummy);
    public JsonResult AjaxMethod(int pageIndex)
        NorthwindEntities entities = new NorthwindEntities();
        CustomerModel model = new CustomerModel();
        model.PageIndex = pageIndex;
        model.PageSize = 10;
        model.RecordCount = entities.Customers.Count();
        int startIndex = (pageIndex - 1) * model.PageSize;
        model.Customers = (from customer in entities.Customers
                            select customer)
                        .OrderBy(customer => customer.CustomerID)
        return Json(model);
Inside the View, in the very first line the Customer Entity is declared as IEnumerable which specifies that the Model will be available as a Collection.
The WebGrid is initialized with the Model i.e. IEnumerable collection of Customer Entity class objects as source.
Note: For more information on usage of WebGrid, please refer WebGrid Step By Step Tutorial with example in ASP.Net MVC.
The WebGrid will be populated with data from SQL Server database using jQuery AJAX and JSON.
The GetCustomers JavaScript function is called inside the jQuery document ready event handler and also when the Pager Button is clicked.
Inside the GetCustomers JavaScript function, the value of the Page Index is sent to the Controller’s Action method using a jQuery AJAX call.
The Controller’s Action method returns a JSON object of the CustomerModel class which contains the List of Customers, the current Page Index, the Page Size and the total Record Count.
Using this JSON object and the dummy HTML row, the HTML Table is populated with the records returned by the Entity Framework.
The Pager is populated using the ASPSnippets_Pager jQuery Plugin.
@model IEnumerable<Customer>
    Layout = null;
    WebGrid webGrid = new WebGrid(source: Model, canSort: false, canPage: false);
<!DOCTYPE html>
    <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width"/>
    <style type="text/css">
        body {
            font-family: Arial;
            font-size: 10pt;
        table {
            border: 1px solid #ccc;
            border-collapse: collapse;
            background-color: #fff;
        table th {
            background-color: #B8DBFD;
            color: #333;
            font-weight: bold;
        table th, table td {
            padding: 5px;
            border: 1px solid #ccc;
        table, table table td {
            border: 0px solid #ccc;
        .Pager span {
            text-align: center;
            color: #333;
            display: inline-block;
            width: 20px;
            background-color: #B8DBFD;
            margin-right: 3px;
            line-height: 150%;
            border: 1px solid #B8DBFD;
        .Pager a {
            text-align: center;
            display: inline-block;
            width: 20px;
            background-color: #ccc;
            color: #333;
            border: 1px solid #ccc;
            margin-right: 3px;
            line-height: 150%;
            text-decoration: none;
        htmlAttributes: new { @id = "WebGrid", @class = "Grid" },
        columns: webGrid.Columns(
                 webGrid.Column("CustomerID", "CustomerID"),
                 webGrid.Column("ContactName", "ContactName"),
                 webGrid.Column("City", "City"),
                 webGrid.Column("Country", "Country")))
    <div class="Pager"></div>
    <script type="text/javascript" src=""></script>
    <script src="~/Scripts/ASPSnippets_Pager.min.js"></script>
    <script type="text/javascript">
    $(function () {
    $("body").on("click", ".Pager .page", function () {
    function GetCustomers(pageIndex) {
            type: "POST",
            url: "/Home/AjaxMethod",
            data: '{pageIndex: ' + pageIndex + '}',
            contentType: "application/json; charset=utf-8",
            dataType: "json",
            success: OnSuccess,
            failure: function (response) {
            error: function (response) {
    function OnSuccess(response) {
        var model = response;
        var row = $("#WebGrid tbody tr:last-child").clone(true);
        $("#WebGrid tbody tr").remove();
        $.each(model.Customers, function () {
            var customer = this;
            $("td", row).eq(0).html(customer.CustomerID);
            $("td", row).eq(1).html(customer.ContactName);
            $("td", row).eq(2).html(customer.City);
            $("td", row).eq(3).html(customer.Country);
            row = $("#WebGrid tbody tr:last-child").clone(true);
            ActiveCssClass: "current",
            PagerCssClass: "pager",
            PageIndex: model.PageIndex,
            PageSize: model.PageSize,
            RecordCount: model.RecordCount
Client Side Paging in WebGrid in ASP.Net MVC