Cell formatters are a set of predefined formatters that can be applied to cells. They will format the cell text on the client-side and present it in a specific way. The list of currently available cell formatters includes Integer, Number, Currency, CheckBox, Link and Mail.
@model MVCDemo.Models.FormattersJqGridModel
@using Trirand.Web.Mvc
@using MVCDemo.Models

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en-us">
    <meta charset="utf-8">
    <title>jqGrid for ASP.NET MVC - Functionality Footer</title> 
    <!-- jQuery runtime minified -->
    <script src="~/Scripts/jquery-3.2.1.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
    <!-- The jqGrid localization file we need, English in this case -->
    <script type="text/javascript" src="~/Scripts/trirand/i18n/grid.locale-en.js"></script>
    <!-- The jqGrid client-side javascript -->
    <script type="text/javascript" src="~/Scripts/trirand/jquery.jqGrid.min.js"></script>
    <!-- The jQuery UI theme that will be used by the grid. -->
    <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="http://code.jquery.com/ui/1.12.1/themes/redmond/jquery-ui.css" />
    <!-- The jQuery UI theme extension jqGrid needs -->    
    <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="~/Content/themes/ui.jqgrid.css" />
        @Html.Trirand().JQGrid(Model.FormattedGrid, "JQGrid1")
    <br /><br />

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Web; 
using System.Web.Mvc;
using MVCDemo.Models;
using Trirand.Web.Mvc;

namespace MVCDemo.Controllers.Grid
    public partial class GridController : Controller
        public class FormattedEmployee
            public int Integer { get; set; }
            public double Number { get; set; }
            public double Currency { get; set; }
            public string Email { get; set; }
            public string Link { get; set; }
            public bool CheckBox { get; set; }

        public List<FormattedEmployee> GetFormattedEmployeeData()
            List<FormattedEmployee> list = new List<FormattedEmployee>();
            list.Add(new FormattedEmployee
                Integer = 20000,
                Number = 40000000.34,
                Currency = 25.54,
                Email = "john.smith@yahoo.com",
                Link = "http://www.yahoo.com",
                CheckBox = true
            list.Add(new FormattedEmployee
                Integer = 1000,
                Number = 460000.21,
                Currency = 56.54,
                Email = "justin.doe@gmail.com",
                Link = "http://www.gmail.com",
                CheckBox = true
            list.Add(new FormattedEmployee
                Integer = 134000,
                Number = 5220.34,
                Currency = 54.12,
                Email = "deborah.long@hotmail.com",
                Link = "http://www.hotmail.com",
                CheckBox = false

            return list;

        public ActionResult FunctionalityFormatters()
            // Pass the custmomized grid model to the View
            return View(GetFormattersGridModel());

        // This method is called when the grid requests data. You can choose any method to call
        // by setting the JQGrid.DataUrl property
        public JsonResult Formatters_DataRequested()
            // Get both the grid Model and the data Model
            // The data model in our case is an autogenerated linq2sql database based on Northwind.
            var gridModel = GetFormattersGridModel();

            // return the result of the DataBind method, passing the datasource as a parameter
            // jqGrid for ASP.NET MVC automatically takes care of paging, sorting, filtering/searching, etc
            return gridModel.FormattedGrid.DataBind(GetFormattedEmployeeData().AsQueryable());

        private FormattersJqGridModel GetFormattersGridModel()
            // Get the model (setup) of the grid defined in the /Models folder.
            var gridModel = new FormattersJqGridModel();
            var grid = gridModel.FormattedGrid;

            // Customize/change some of the default settings for this model
            // ID is a mandatory field. Must by unique if you have several grids on one page.
            grid.ID = "FormattedGrid";
            // Setting the DataUrl to an action (method) in the controller is required.
            // This action will return the data needed by the grid
            grid.DataUrl = Url.Action("Formatters_DataRequested");
            grid.Columns.Find(c => c.DataField == "Integer").Formatter = new IntegerFormatter
                DefaultValue="No Value Set", 
                ThousandsSeparator= ","
            grid.Columns.Find(c => c.DataField == "Number").Formatter = new NumberFormatter
                 DecimalPlaces = 1,
                 DecimalSeparator = ".",
                 ThousandsSeparator = " "
            grid.Columns.Find(c => c.DataField == "Currency").Formatter = new CurrencyFormatter
                DecimalPlaces = 1,
                DecimalSeparator = ".",
                Prefix = "$",
                Suffix = " USD",
                ThousandsSeparator = ","
            grid.Columns.Find(c => c.DataField == "Email").Formatter = new EmailFormatter();
            grid.Columns.Find(c => c.DataField == "Link").Formatter = new LinkFormatter();
            grid.Columns.Find(c => c.DataField == "CheckBox").Formatter = new CheckBoxFormatter();            

            return gridModel;

Switch theme:

Theming is based on the very popular jQuery ThemeRoller standard. This is the same theming mechanism used by jQuery UI and is now a de-facto standard for jQuery based components. The benefits of using ThemeRoller are huge. We can offer a big set of ready to use themes created by professional designers, including Windows-like themes (Redmond), Apple-like theme (Cupertino), etc. In addition to that any jQuery UI controls on the same page will pick the same theme.

Last, but not least, you can always roll your own ThemeRoller theme, using the superb Theme Editor

To use a theme, simply reference 2 Css files in your Html <head> section - the ThemeRoller theme you wish to use, and the jqGrid own ThemeRoller Css file. For example (Redmond theme):

<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" media="screen" href="/themes/redmond/jquery-ui-1.8.2.custom.css" />
<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" media="screen" href="/themes/ui.jqgrid.css" />