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Item Property (String)
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DataKey.Item Property (String)

Gets the value of the key field with the specified field name from a DataKey object.

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

public virtual Object this[
	string name
] { get; }


Type: System.String

The name of the key field for which to retrieve the key field value.

Property Value

Type: System.Object
The value of the key field with the specified field name.

Use the Item[String] property to retrieve the value of the specified key field from the DataKey object.


As an alternative, you can also use the Item[Int32] property to retrieve a key field value by index.

The following code example demonstrates how to use the Item[String] property to retrieve a key field value from a specific index in a DataKey object.

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

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

  void CustomerDetailsView_DataBound(Object sender, EventArgs e)

    // Get the value of the PostalCode key field.
    String value = CustomerDetailsView.DataKey["PostalCode"].ToString();

    // Display the the value of the key field.
    MessageLabel.Text = "The value of the PostalCode key field is " + value +



<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" >

  <head runat="server">
    <title>DataKey Example</title>
    <form id="Form1" runat="server">

      <h3>DataKey Example</h3>

        <asp:detailsview id="CustomerDetailsView"
          datakeynames="CustomerID, CompanyName, PostalCode"  



        <asp:label id="MessageLabel"

        <!-- 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="DetailsViewSource"
          selectcommand="Select [CustomerID], [CompanyName], [Address], [City], [PostalCode], [Country] From [Customers]"
          connectionstring="<%$ ConnectionStrings:NorthWindConnectionString%>" 


.NET Framework

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