How to read EXCEL data file in

This time, its about how to read a set of data or specific data from EXCEL file using C#.Net. Infact, we can use SQL querying in the EXCEL file data itself.

Hi all,
This time, its about how to read a set of data or specific data from EXCEL file using C#.Net. Infact, we can use SQL querying in the EXCEL file data itself.

Step-1: Include the connection string for the EXCEL file containing the filename and Provider settings.

string connectionString = "Provider=Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0;" + "Data Source=" + Server.MapPath("Filename.xls") + ";" + "Extended Properties=Excel 8.0;";

Step-2: Create a new connection object and open it for processing.

OleDbConnection objConn = new OleDbConnection(connectionString);

Step-3: Create a command object for querying and pass that command with the connection object created.

String strConString = "SELECT firstColumnName FROM [Sheet1$]";
//where date = CDate('" + DateTime.Today.ToShortDateString() + "')";
OleDbCommand objCmdSelect = new OleDbCommand(strConString, objConn);

Step-4: Here, in this example i am going to use DataSet for reading and holding the data, for which i am creating a Data Adapter Object.

// Create new OleDbDataAdapter that is used to build a DataSet
// based on the preceding SQL SELECT statement.
OleDbDataAdapter objAdapter1 = new OleDbDataAdapter();
// Pass the Select command to the adapter.
objAdapter1.SelectCommand = objCmdSelect;
// Create new DataSet to hold information from the worksheet.
DataSet objDataset1 = new DataSet();

Step-5: Now, fill the data from the EXCEL file by querying with the command object and store them into the Dataset created.

// Fill the DataSet with the information from the worksheet.
objAdapter1.Fill(objDataset1, "ExcelData");

Step-6: Process the data for displaying with the Dataset, which you can set as datasource for many ASP.NET controls.

for (int i = 0; i < objDataset1.Tables[0].Rows.Count; i++)
document.Write("Data: " + objDataset1.Tables[0].Rows[i].ItemArray[0].ToString() + "

Step-7: As we are at the end, important thing is to Close the connection.

// Clean up objects.

To conclude

This is a simple Data reading from an EXCEL file, which doesnt classify the name for the columns to read about. We provide or create an EXCEL file having the Column name as the first row of data.

So our example may contain that as the column name and the sheet name as the table name.

NOTE: See the usage of Sheetname with "[" and "]" for specifying the query syntax properly.


Author: Sebastian13 Jun 2008 Member Level: Gold   Points : 1

This is very informative. Thanks for sharing the details.

Author: Kolan05 Mar 2010 Member Level: Gold   Points : 0

good article, keep on posting some good stuff

Author: Syed Arif Murshed05 Mar 2010 Member Level: Gold   Points : 1

It is very good
You have sent very good information.
It is very useful
Keep it up.

Author: satyendra kr. Pandit08 Mar 2010 Member Level: Silver   Points : 1

This is very user friendly code and any one can use it. who worked on dataset using Sql server or any database connection.

Author: Lion18 Mar 2010 Member Level: Gold   Points : 0

This is a Best Example..

Author: Naveen Kumar22 Mar 2010 Member Level: Gold   Points : 0

thank you sir

Author: Arunkumar B07 Oct 2010 Member Level: Silver   Points : 1

Kudos Mr. Pravin.. Really I have spent more than 2 hours in finding code for excel data read... ur post is really helped me lot

Guest Author: abc06 Mar 2012

hey i'm getting an exception "SEHException UnHandled : External component has thrown an exception" at :( pls pls help.

Guest Author: polarzbearz04 Apr 2012

hi. i got error at step 6, i cant get the "document". how do i go around to fix this?

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