Client side sorting with ASP.NET GridView and jQuery TableSorter

UPDATE If you are looking for a more complete solution including filtering, search, paging, and server side sorting, look at my post on using the datatables plugin with ASP.NET.

Doing some quick data prototyping, I employed the use of the ASP.NET GridView to quickly report on my data objects. As is common, the prototypes quickly took on a life of their own and were asked to be matured into a full on reporting application.

For client-side sorting, I have been using the jQuery Tablesorter plugin. To integrate this plugin, you need simply call the initializing function.

  

  $(document).ready( function(){
    $(".tablesorter").tablesorter();
  });

Out of the box, however, the plugin will not work with the <table> node generated by the ASP.NET Gridview. Comparing the generated output from the GridView with the demo table I realized that the vanilla GridView doesn’t generate the <thead> nodes for the table’s header. To get the proper output, the following changes need to be made in the code behind.

...
gv.Datasource = myDataSource;
gv.DataBind();

//Here's the required code to add
gv.UseAccessibleHeader = true;
if (gv.HeaderRow != null)
{
   //This will tell ASP.NET to render the <thead> for the header row 
   //using instead of the simple <tr>
   gv.HeaderRow.TableSection = TableRowSection.TableHeader; 
} 
...

4 thoughts on “Client side sorting with ASP.NET GridView and jQuery TableSorter”

  1. It will work if the grid view has bound column fields for Item template it’s not working…u have any source for the same.

  2. Due to the dynamic nature of the reporting, I had no BoundField or TemplateField columns. For the purposes of this demo, I had AutoGenerateColumns enabled.

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