GridView.Rows Property

Note: This property is new in the .NET Framework version 2.0.

Gets a collection of GridViewRow objects that represent the data rows in a GridView control.

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

public virtual GridViewRowCollection Rows { get; }
/** @property */
public GridViewRowCollection get_Rows ()

public function get Rows () : GridViewRowCollection

Property Value

A GridViewRowCollection that contains all the data rows in a GridView control.

The Rows property (collection) is used to store the data rows in a GridView control. The GridView control automatically populates the Rows collection by creating a GridViewRow object for each record in the data source and then adding each object to the collection. This property is commonly used to access a specific row in the control or to iterate though the entire collection of rows.


Only rows with their RowType property set to DataControlRowType.DataRow are stored in the Rows collection. The GridViewRow objects that represent the header, footer, and pager rows are not included in the collection.

The following code example demonstrates how to use the Rows collection to access the row being edited in a GridView control. After a row is updated, a message is displayed to indicate that the update was successful.

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

<script runat="server">
  void CustomersGridView_RowCommand(Object sender, GridViewCommandEventArgs e)
    // Clear the message label when the user enters edit mode.
    if (e.CommandName == "Edit")
      Message.Text = "";

  void CustomersGridView_RowUpdated(Object sender, GridViewUpdatedEventArgs e)
        // The update operation was successful. Retrieve the row being edited.
        int index = CustomersGridView.EditIndex;
        GridViewRow row = CustomersGridView.Rows[index];
        // Notify the user that the update was successful.
        Message.Text = "Updated record " + row.Cells[1].Text + ".";

  void CustomersGridView_RowCancelingEdit(Object sender, GridViewCancelEditEventArgs e)
        // The update operation was canceled. Display the appropriate message.
        Message.Text = "Update operation canceled.";


    <form runat="server">
      <h3>GridView Rows Example</h3>
      <asp:label id="Message"
      <!-- The GridView control automatically sets the columns     -->
      <!-- specified in the datakeynames property as read-only.    -->
      <!-- No input controls are rendered for these columns in     -->
      <!-- edit mode.                                              -->
      <asp:gridview id="CustomersGridView"
      <!-- This example uses Microsoft SQL Server and connects  -->
      <!-- to the Northwind sample database. Use an ASP.NET     -->
      <!-- expression to retrieve the connection string value   -->
      <!-- from the Web.config file.                            -->
      <asp:sqldatasource id="CustomersSqlDataSource"  
        selectcommand="Select [CustomerID], [CompanyName], [Address], [City], [PostalCode], [Country] From [Customers]"
        updatecommand="Update Customers SET CompanyName=@CompanyName, Address=@Address, City=@City, PostalCode=@PostalCode, Country=@Country WHERE (CustomerID = @CustomerID)"
        deletecommand="Delete from Customers where CustomerID = @CustomerID"
        connectionstring="<%$ ConnectionStrings:NorthWindConnectionString%>"

Windows 98, Windows 2000 SP4, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

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

.NET Framework

Supported in: 2.0

Community Additions