SqlConnection.PacketSize Property


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Gets the size (in bytes) of network packets used to communicate with an instance of SQL Server.

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

public int PacketSize { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.Int32

The size (in bytes) of network packets. The default value is 8000.

If an application performs bulk copy operations, or sends or receives lots of text or image data, a packet size larger than the default may improve efficiency because it causes fewer network read and write operations. If an application sends and receives small amounts of information, you can set the packet size to 512 bytes (using the Packet Size value in the ConnectionString), which is sufficient for most data transfer operations. For most applications, the default packet size is best.

PacketSize may be a value in the range of 512 and 32767 bytes. An exception is generated if the value is outside this range.

Setting the default value to a number greater than 8000 will cause the packets to use the MultiPage allocator on the instance of SQL Server instead of the much more efficient SinglePage allocator, reducing the overall scalability of the SQL Server. For more information on how SQL Server uses memory, see Memory Architecture in SQL Server Books Online.

The following example creates a SqlConnection, including setting the Packet Size to 512 in the connection string. It displays the PacketSize and ServerVersion properties in the console window.

private static void OpenSqlConnection()
    string connectionString = GetConnectionString();
    using (SqlConnection connection = new SqlConnection(connectionString))
        Console.WriteLine("ServerVersion: {0}", connection.ServerVersion);
        Console.WriteLine("PacketSize: {0}", connection.PacketSize);

static private string GetConnectionString()
    // To avoid storing the connection string in your code, 
    // you can retrieve it from a configuration file, using the 
    // System.Configuration.ConfigurationSettings.AppSettings property 
    return "Data Source=(local);Initial Catalog=AdventureWorks;"
        + "Integrated Security=SSPI;Packet Size=512";

.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
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