Use Codeigniter Pagination in Your Projects

by Owais Alam  November 20, 2017

CodeIgniter application usually have at least one database. In an average project, the database produces a lot of queries that need to be presented. The problem is that the display of the results could be messy. This is where pagination in CodeIgniter comes to the rescue.

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In this tutorial, I will demonstrate how to use this technique in your CodeIgniter projects. I will start with the Model, then Controller and finally with the View.

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The Model

The model for the demo application carries out two important tasks: It provides a count of the records in the Departments table, and retrieve the list of departments from the table.

The path of the model is models/departments.php. Here is the code for the model:

Here’s a short definition of the methods in the model:

record_count() returns the number of records;  fetch_departments()  method retrieves a list of all the records from the Departments table.

The Controller

The controller for the application is located in the default folder and is named welcome.php. This controlled calls a function departmentdata() that offers common configuration options for the pagination library. Here is the code for the Controller:

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The View

The View of the application is located in the views/departmentdata.php. Here is the complete code for the View:

The Application

The URl of the demo application is http://domainname/welcome/departmentdata

Here is how it would look. You could see that the large dataset is cleanly displayed.


Pagination in CodeIgniter is a great way of displaying a large number of database query results in a clean manner. I hope that this tutorial would help you implement this technique into your projects.

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About Owais Alam

is the WordPress Community Manager at Cloudways – A Managed WooCommerce Hosting Platform and a seasoned PHP developer. He loves to develop all sorts of websites on WordPress and is in love with WooCommerce in particular. You can email him at

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