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GridView.DataBind Method

Binds the data source to the GridView control. This method cannot be inherited.

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

Public Overrides NotOverridable Sub DataBind

Use the DataBind method to bind data from a data source to the GridView control. This method resolves all data-binding expressions in the active template of the control.

The DataBind method is called automatically if the DataSourceID property of the GridView control refers to a valid data source control.

The following example demonstrates how to use the DataBind method to bind a data source to a GridView control.

<%@ Page language="VB" %>
<%@ import namespace="System.Data" %>
<%@ import namespace="System.Data.SqlClient" %>

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN"
<script runat="server">

  Sub Page_Load(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As EventArgs)

    ' This example uses Microsoft SQL Server and connects
    ' to the Northwind sample database. The data source needs
    ' to be bound to the GridView control only when the 
    ' page is first loaded. Thereafter, the values are
    ' stored in view state.                      
    If Not IsPostBack Then

      ' Declare the query string.
      Dim queryString As String = _
        "Select [CustomerID], [CompanyName], [Address], [City], [PostalCode], [Country] From [Customers]"

      ' Run the query and bind the resulting DataSet
      ' to the GridView control.
      Dim ds As DataSet = GetData(queryString)
      If (ds.Tables.Count > 0) Then

        AuthorsGridView.DataSource = ds


        Message.Text = "Unable to connect to the database."

      End If

    End If

  End Sub

  Function GetData(ByVal queryString As String) As DataSet

    ' Retrieve the connection string stored in the Web.config file.
    Dim connectionString As String = ConfigurationManager.ConnectionStrings("NorthWindConnectionString").ConnectionString

    Dim ds As New DataSet()


      ' Connect to the database and run the query.
      Dim connection As New SqlConnection(connectionString)
      Dim adapter As New SqlDataAdapter(queryString, Connection)

      ' Fill the DataSet.

    Catch ex As Exception

      ' The connection failed. Display an error message.
      Message.Text = "Unable to connect to the database."

    End Try

    Return ds

  End Function


<html xmlns="" >
  <head runat="server">
    <title>GridView DataBind Example</title>
    <form id="form1" runat="server">

      <h3>GridView DataBind Example</h3>

      <asp:label id="Message"


      <asp:gridview id="AuthorsGridView" 


.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

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.