How to open partial view as modal dialog in mvc

Asp.Net MVC is picking up fast and yet there is not much expertise around it. Main reason I feel is now developer has complete control on markup so they approach in different ways. It is difficult to for a beginner to implement any design principles.

Anyway, today I am going to showcase how to open a partial view dynamically as a popup using Jquery. I am hoping you have basic idea of how MVC works and you know the Jquery syntax.

View code: Main page ProductView.cshtml. click on the image to see the .cshtml code.

Partial view html for list.

Old classic view of productList page (it is also a partial view which rendres as a grid) with edit/delete links in each row. When you click on edit link in the grid, updateDialog div will open as a modal popup and load a partial view in that div dynamically using below code.

Controller action method which returns the partial view to be loaded in div updateDialog.

public ActionResult EditPartialGet(int id)
ProductViewModel productVM = new ProductViewModel();
Product p = new Product();
p = productVM.GetById(id);
return PartialView("ProductUpdatePartial",p);

finally jquery code to open popup and load partial view using ajax call.

$(function () {
// on click of editLink in grid.
$(“#editLink”).live(‘click’, function () {

var hrefValue = $(this).attr(“href”);
var index = hrefValue.lastIndexOf(“/”) + 1;
var productId = hrefValue.substring(index, hrefValue.length);
// this will call EditPartialGet action method in Products controller which returns
// a partial view html.
type: “GET”,
url: “Products/EditPartialGet?id=” + productId,
datatype: “json”,
contentType: “application/json”,
success: function (data) {
$(“#updateDialog”).html(data);// returned data is an html view which will be rendered inside the div.
return false;
error: function (a, b, c) { alert(b); }

modal: true,
buttons: {
// in modal dialog popup Save button will be created. write what you want to do here.
Save: function () {

var ctx = $(“#updateDialog”);
// parse the DOM within context of div id.
var product = {
ProductID : $(“#ProductID”,ctx).val(),
ProductName : $(“#ProductName”,ctx).val(),
SupplierID : $(“#SupplierID”, ctx).val(),
CategoryID : $(“#CategoryID”, ctx).val(),
QuantityPerUnit: $(“#QuantityPerUnit”, ctx).val(),
UnitPrice : $(“#UnitPrice”, ctx).val(),
UnitsInStock : $(“#UnitsInStock”, ctx).val(),
UnitsOnOrder : $(“#UnitsOnOrder”, ctx).val(),
ReorderLevel : $(“#ReorderLevel”, ctx).val(),
Discontinued : $(“#Discontinued”, ctx).attr(“checked”)

type: “POST”,
url: “Products/Update”,
data: JSON.stringify(product),
datatype: “json”,
contentType: “application/json”,
success: function (data) {
// submit the data
return false;
error: function (a, b, c) { debugger; alert(b); }

return false;
Cancel: function () { $(“#updateDialog”).dialog(‘close’); }
return false;

I think the above code is all you need to implement dynamically loading of partial view in a div.

I hope it helps.


About saxenapraveen

I have 14 years of experience in enterprise software development,designing and leading team to provide reliable and scalable solutions for cloud and device ready businesses.

Posted on April 16, 2013, in .NET, ASP.NET MVC, Javascript, Jquery, Jquery and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Hi, thanks for the post!
    I was wondering if you could show the code in the ProductUpdatePartial view?

  2. Hi,
    could you share your project code ? I am trying it, but partialPage opens in the same page, not in Modal.

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