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DataRowCollection.Contains Method (Object[])

Gets a value that indicates whether the primary key columns of any row in the collection contain the values specified in the object array.

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

public bool Contains(
	Object[] keys


Type: System.Object[]
An array of primary key values to test for.

Return Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if the DataRowCollection contains a DataRow with the specified key values; otherwise, false.


The table does not have a primary key.

To use the Contains method with an array of values, the DataTable object to which the DataRowCollection object belongs must have an array of columns designated as primary keys. See the PrimaryKey property for more information about how to create an array of primary key columns. The number of array elements must correspond to the number of primary key columns in the DataTable.

As soon as you have determined that a row contains the specified value, use the Find method to return the specific DataRow object that has the value.

The following Visual Basic example uses the Contains method to find a particular row in a DataRowCollection object. The example creates an array of values, one element for each primary key in the table, and then passes the array to the method to return a true or false.

Private Sub ContainsArray()
   ' This example assumes that the DataTable object contains two
   ' DataColumn objects designated as primary keys.
   ' The table has two primary key columns.
   Dim arrKeyVals(1) As Object
   Dim table As DataTable = CType(DataGrid1.DataSource, DataTable)
   Dim rowCollection As DataRowCollection = table.Rows
   arrKeyVals(0) = "Hello"
   arrKeyVals(1) = "World"
   label1.Text = rowCollection.Contains(arrKeyVals).ToString()
End Sub

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

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