DataSet.EnforceConstraints Property

Gets or sets a value indicating whether constraint rules are followed when attempting any update operation.

Namespace:  System.Data
Assembly:  System.Data (in System.Data.dll)

public bool EnforceConstraints { get; set; }

Property Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if rules are enforced; otherwise false. The default is true.


One or more constraints cannot be enforced.

Constraints are set at the DataTable level (Constraints property). For more information about creating constraints, see DataTable Constraints.

The following example creates a DataSet with one table, one column, five rows, and one UniqueConstraint. The EnforceConstraints property is set to false and the values of each row are set to the same value. When the EnforceConstraints property is reset to true, a ConstraintException is generated.

private void DemonstrateEnforceConstraints()
    // Create a DataSet with one table, one column and  
    // a UniqueConstraint.
    DataSet dataSet= new DataSet("dataSet");
    DataTable table = new DataTable("table");
    DataColumn column = new DataColumn("col1");

    // A UniqueConstraint is added when the Unique  
    // property is true.
    Console.WriteLine("constraints.count: " + 

    // add five rows.
    DataRow row ;
    for(int i=0;i<5;i++)
        row = table.NewRow();
        row["col1"] = i;

    // Change the values of all rows to 1. 
    foreach(DataRow thisRow in table.Rows)
        //Console.WriteLine("\table" + thisRow[0]);
    catch(System.Data.ConstraintException e)
        // Process exception and return.
        Console.WriteLine("Exception of type {0} occurred.", 

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5.2, 4.5.1, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

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