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GridView.OnRowCommand Method

Raises the RowCommand event.

Namespace:  System.Web.UI.WebControls
Assembly:  System.Web (in System.Web.dll)

protected virtual void OnRowCommand(
	GridViewCommandEventArgs e
)

The RowCommand event is raised when a button is clicked in the GridView control. This enables you to provide an event-handling method that performs a custom routine whenever this event occurs.

Raising an event invokes the event handler through a delegate. For more information, see Raising an Event.

The OnRowCommand method also allows derived classes to handle the event without attaching a delegate. This is the preferred technique for handling the event in a derived class.

Notes to Inheritors

When overriding OnRowCommand in a derived class, be sure to call the base class's OnRowCommand method so that registered delegates receive the event.

A Visual Studio Web site project with source code is available to accompany this topic: Download.

The following example demonstrates how provide an event-handling method for the RowCommand event. When the Add button is clicked for a given row of the GridView control, the name of the selected customer is added to a ListBox control.


<%@ Page language="C#" %>

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN"
    "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
<script runat="server">

  void ContactsGridView_RowCommand(Object sender, GridViewCommandEventArgs e)
  {
    // If multiple buttons are used in a GridView control, use the
    // CommandName property to determine which button was clicked.
    if(e.CommandName=="Add")
    {
      // Convert the row index stored in the CommandArgument
      // property to an Integer.
      int index = Convert.ToInt32(e.CommandArgument);

      // Retrieve the row that contains the button clicked 
      // by the user from the Rows collection.
      GridViewRow row = ContactsGridView.Rows[index];

      // Create a new ListItem object for the contact in the row.     
      ListItem item = new ListItem();
      item.Text = Server.HtmlDecode(row.Cells[2].Text) + " " +
        Server.HtmlDecode(row.Cells[3].Text);

      // If the contact is not already in the ListBox, add the ListItem 
      // object to the Items collection of the ListBox control. 
      if (!ContactsListBox.Items.Contains(item))
      {
        ContactsListBox.Items.Add(item);
      }
    }
  }    
</script>

<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" >
  <head runat="server">
    <title>GridView RowCommand Example</title>
</head>
<body>
    <form id="form1" runat="server">

      <h3>GridView RowCommand Example</h3>

      <table width="100%">
        <tr>
          <td style="width:50%">

            <asp:gridview id="ContactsGridView" 
              datasourceid="ContactsSource"
              allowpaging="true" 
              autogeneratecolumns="false"
              onrowcommand="ContactsGridView_RowCommand"
              runat="server">

              <columns>
                <asp:buttonfield buttontype="Link" 
                  commandname="Add" 
                  text="Add"/>
                <asp:boundfield datafield="ContactID" 
                  headertext="Contact ID"/>
                <asp:boundfield datafield="FirstName" 
                  headertext="First Name"/> 
                <asp:boundfield datafield="LastName" 
                  headertext="Last Name"/>
              </columns>

            </asp:gridview>

          </td>

          <td style="vertical-align:top; width:50%">

            Contacts: <br/>
            <asp:listbox id="ContactsListBox"
              runat="server" Height="200px" Width="200px"/>

          </td>
        </tr>
      </table>

      <!-- This example uses Microsoft SQL Server and connects    -->
      <!-- to the AdventureWorks sample database. Use an ASP.NET  -->
      <!-- expression to retrieve the connection string value     -->
      <!-- from the Web.config file.                              -->
      <asp:sqldatasource id="ContactsSource"
        selectcommand="Select [ContactID], [FirstName], [LastName] From Person.Contact"
        connectionstring="<%$ ConnectionStrings:AdventureWorks_DataConnectionString%>" 
        runat="server"/>

    </form>
  </body>
</html>

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0
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