In this article I will explain with an example, how to populate (bind) ListView using jQuery AJAX in ASP.Net with C# and VB.Net.
This article will illustrate how to populate ASP.Net ListView control from SQL Server Database on Client Side by calling WebMethod using jQuery AJAX in ASP.Net with C# and VB.Net.
Here I am making use of Microsoft’s Northwind Database. The download and install instructions are provided in the following article.
HTML Markup
The ListView control will be displayed in HTML Table Layout. An HTML Table has been placed inside the LayoutTemplate with Table Header.
The GroupPlaceHolder will display the contents from GroupTemplate. The GroupTemplate contains a PlaceHolder wrapped within TR Tags.
The PlaceHolder will display the contents from the ItemTemplate. It contains the TD cells which will be populated from the database.
<asp:ListView ID="lvCustomers" runat="server" GroupPlaceholderID="groupPlaceHolder1" ItemPlaceholderID="itemPlaceHolder1">
        <table id="ListViewTable" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" border="1" style="border-collapse: collapse">
                <th>Customer Id</th>
            <asp:PlaceHolder runat="server" ID="groupPlaceHolder1"></asp:PlaceHolder>
            <asp:PlaceHolder runat="server" ID="itemPlaceHolder1"></asp:PlaceHolder>
        <td><%# Eval("CustomerId") %></td>
        <td><%# Eval("ContactName") %></td>
        <td><%# Eval("Country") %></td>
You will need to import the following namespaces.
using System.Data;
using System.Web.Services;
using System.Configuration;
using System.Data.SqlClient;
Imports System.Data
Imports System.Web.Services
Imports System.Configuration
Imports System.Data.SqlClient
Populating the ListView with a Dummy Item
Inside the Page Load event, the ListView control is populated with a dummy record.
In order to populate the ListView control using jQuery AJAX on Client Side, a dummy DataTable will be used with Column schema same as that of the columns returned from the database.
This dummy item will be cloned and used by jQuery to add new items to the ListView control on Client Side.
protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
    if (!this.IsPostBack)
        DataTable dummy = new DataTable();
        lvCustomers.DataSource = dummy;
Protected Sub Page_Load(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As EventArgs) Handles Me.Load
    If Not Me.IsPostBack Then
        Dim dummy As DataTable = New DataTable()
        lvCustomers.DataSource = dummy
    End If
End Sub
WebMethod to handle jQuery AJAX calls
The following WebMethod will be used as a source of data to the jQuery AJAX calls.
When a call is made to the WebMethod, it first fetches the records from the database and populates a DataSet and then the DataSet is returned as an XML string back to the calling Client Side function.
public static string GetCustomers()
    string constr = ConfigurationManager.ConnectionStrings["constr"].ConnectionString;
    using (SqlConnection con = new SqlConnection(constr))
        using (SqlCommand cmd = new SqlCommand())
            cmd.CommandText = "SELECT TOP 10 CustomerID, ContactName, Country FROM Customers";
            cmd.Connection = con;
            using (SqlDataAdapter sda = new SqlDataAdapter(cmd))
                DataSet ds = new DataSet();
                return ds.GetXml();
Public Shared Function GetCustomers() As String
    Dim constr As String = ConfigurationManager.ConnectionStrings("constr").ConnectionString
    Using con As SqlConnection = New SqlConnection(constr)
        Using cmd As SqlCommand = New SqlCommand()
            cmd.CommandText = "SELECT TOP 10 CustomerID, ContactName, Country FROM Customers"
            cmd.Connection = con
            Using sda As SqlDataAdapter = New SqlDataAdapter(cmd)
                Dim ds As DataSet = New DataSet()
                Return ds.GetXml()
            End Using
        End Using
    End Using
End Function
Client Side functionality
Inside the jQuery document ready event handler, an AJAX call is made to the WebMethod.
The XML string returned from the WebMethod is received inside the Success event handler.
The XML string is parsed into an XML document and then a loop is executed for each entry present in the XML.
Inside the loop, the dummy item of the ListView control is cloned and the columns values are set to their respective fields.
<script type="text/javascript" src=""></script>
<script type="text/javascript">
    $(function () {
            type: "POST",
            url: "Default.aspx/GetCustomers",
            data: '{}',
            contentType: "application/json; charset=utf-8",
            dataType: "json",
            success: OnSuccess,
            failure: function (r) {
            error: function (response) {
    function OnSuccess(r) {
        //Parse the XML and extract the records.
        var customers = $($.parseXML(r.d)).find("Table");
        //Reference ListView Table.
        var table = $("#ListViewTable");
        //Reference the Dummy Row.
        var row = table.find("tr:last-child").clone(true);
        //Remove the Dummy Row.
        $("tr", table).not($("tr:first-child", table)).remove();
        //Loop through the XML and add Rows to the Table.
        $.each(customers, function () {
            var customer = $(this);
            $("td", row).eq(0).html($(this).find("CustomerID").text());
            $("td", row).eq(1).html($(this).find("ContactName").text());
            $("td", row).eq(2).html($(this).find("Country").text());
            row = table.find("tr:last-child").clone(true);
Populate (Bind) ListView using jQuery AJAX in ASP.Net
Browser Compatibility

The above code has been tested in the following browsers.

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