DataTable.Clone Method

Clones the structure of the DataTable, including all DataTable schemas and constraints.

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

public virtual DataTable Clone ()
public DataTable Clone ()
public function Clone () : DataTable

Return Value

A new DataTable with the same schema as the current DataTable.


If these classes have been derived, the clone will also be of the same derived classes.

The following example creates a clone of a DataTable object's schema.

private void GetClone(DataTable table){
    // Get a clone of the original DataTable.
    DataTable cloneTable;
    cloneTable = table.Clone();

    // Insert code to work with clone of the DataTable.

Windows 98, Windows 2000 SP4, Windows CE, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, 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, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.0

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