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I am developing a database application using Yii Framework. I am reading tables from MySQL database and displaying them to the user. I need the user to be able to filter the fields in the table or search for a certain value.

For example, I have a table named "supermarkets":

`name` varchar(71) NOT NULL,
`location` varchar(191) DEFAULT NULL,
`telephone` varchar(68) DEFAULT NULL,
`fax` varchar(29) DEFAULT NULL,
`website` varchar(24) DEFAULT NULL



namespace app\models;

use yii\db\ActiveRecord;

class Supermarkets extends ActiveRecord



use yii\helpers\Html;
use yii\widgets\LinkPager;
= (array) $supermarkets;

function build_table($array){

// start table

$html = '<table class="altrowstable" id="alternatecolor">';

// header row

$html .= '<tr>';

foreach($array[0] as $key=>$value){

$html .= '<th>' . $key . '</th>';


$html .= '</tr>';

// data rows

foreach( $array as $key=>$value){

$html .= '<tr>';

foreach($value as $key2=>$value2){

$html .= '<td>' . $value2 . '</td>';


$html .= '</tr>';


// finish table and return it

$html .= '</table>';

return $html;


echo build_table($array);




namespace app\controllers;

use yii\web\Controller;

use yii\data\Pagination;
use app\models\Supermarkets;
class SupermarketsController extends Controller
public function actionIndex()
$query = supermarkets::find();

$pagination = new Pagination([
'defaultPageSize' => 20,
'totalCount' => $query->count(),

$supermarkets = $query->orderBy('Name')

return $this->render('index', [
'supermarkets' => $supermarkets,
'pagination' => $pagination,

I need the user to be able to filter the table or search its fields by one or more attribute. I'm using Yii2, so CDbcriteria doesn't work. How can I do this?

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