DataTable.Copy Method

Copies both the structure and data for this DataTable.

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

public DataTable Copy ()
public DataTable Copy ()
public function Copy () : DataTable

Return Value

A new DataTable with the same structure (table schemas and constraints) and data as this DataTable.

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

The following example uses the Copy method to create a copy of the original DataTable. The namespace name is not retained if it is inherited from a parent DataTable or DataSet.

private void CopyDataTable(DataTable table){
    // Create an object variable for the copy.
    DataTable copyDataTable;
    copyDataTable = table.Copy();

    // Insert code to work with the copy.

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