ASP.NET MVC 6 Tutorial :: How to Search Record in MVC With Ajax and jQuery?

Today’s turotial is about how to search record in MVC with Ajax and jQuery. This code will filter out all matching records group by table column name.

First thing that you should do is create an empty ASP.NET MVC project. Now, add two class to your model. Employee and DemoContext and write the following code:

namespace SearchingDemo.Models
public class Employee
public int Id { get; set; }
public string FirstName { get; set; }
public string LastName { get; set; }
public string Position { get; set; }
namespace SearchingDemo.Models
public class DemoContext : DbContext
public DbSet<Employee> Employees { get; set; }

Add a Home Controller. Now, Add index Action to controller. and create corresponding view.

public ActionResult Index()
return View();

Now, write the following code to Index View.
<link href="~/Content/Style.css" rel="stylesheet" />
<script src="~/Content/jquery-2.1.1.min.js"></script>
<script src="~/Content/CustomJs.js"></script>
<h2>Seaching Demo</h2>
<div class="divFind">
<input type="text" id="txtSearch" />
<input type="button" id="btnSearch" value="Seach" />
<div id="divList">

Write the .JS code for click event on seach button to get filtered result. add following .JS code.

$(document).ready(function () {
$('#btnSearch').on('click', function () {
var getkey = $('#txtSearch').val();
type: 'POST',
contentType: 'application/json; charset=utf-8',
url: 'Home/Search',
data: "{ 'searchKey':' " + getkey + "' }",
success: function (data) {
error: function (data) {
alert('Error in getting result');
function BindData(data) {
var ulList = '<ul>';
var resultType = ["FirstName", "LastName", "Position"];
$.each(data, function (i, d) {
ulList += '<li class="SeachType">' + resultType[i] + '</li>';
if (d.length > 0) {
$.each(d, function (key, value) {
ulList += '<li>' + value.FirstName + ' - ' + value.LastName + ' - ' + value.Position + '</li>'
} else {
ulList += '<li><span class="red">No Results</span></li>';
ulList += '</ul>'

Javascript code calling search function, which is written in controller. Add search function to your controller.

public JsonResult Search(string searchKey)
DemoContext dbObj = new DemoContext();
var getKey = searchKey.Trim();
var getFirstName = dbObj.Employees.Where(n => n.FirstName.Contains(getKey)).ToList();
var getLastName = dbObj.Employees.Where(n => n.LastName.Contains(getKey)).ToList();
var getPostion = dbObj.Employees.Where(n => n.Position.Contains(getKey)).ToList();
IList<IList<Employee>> getTotal = new List<IList<Employee>>();
int count = getTotal.Count();
return Json(getTotal);
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