SqlCeConnection Class

Represents an open connection to a SQL Server Compact 3.5 SP1 data source.

Namespace: System.Data.SqlServerCe
Assembly: System.Data.SqlServerCe (in system.data.sqlserverce.dll)

public sealed class SqlCeConnection : DbConnection
public final class SqlCeConnection extends DbConnection
public final class SqlCeConnection extends DbConnection

A SqlCeConnection object represents a unique connection to a data source. When you create an instance of SqlCeConnection, all properties are set to their initial values. For a list of these values, see the SqlCeConnection constructor.

If the SqlCeConnection goes out of scope, it is not closed. You must explicitly close the connection by calling Close or Dispose.

SQL Server Compact 3.5 SP1 supports multiple simultaneous connections as well as multiple commands that share the same connection. This means that you can have multiple instances of SqlCeDataReader open on the same connection. This behavior differs from that of System.Data.SqlClient.

If a fatal SqlCeException is generated by the method executing a SqlCeCommand, the SqlCeConnection may be closed. You can reopen the connection and continue.

SQL Server Compact 3.5 SP1 is not currently optimized to serve as a database for Web sites. By default, connections from ASP.NET-connected applications are blocked in SQL Server Compact 3.5 SP1. SQL Server Compact 3.5 SP1 is optimized for use as an embedded database within applications. Using SQL Server Compact 3.5 SP1 as a database for Web sites requires support for multiple users and concurrent data changes. This can cause performance problems. Therefore, these scenarios are not supported. Other editions of SQL Server, including SQL Server Express, are optimized to serve as a database for Web sites.

SQL Server Compact 3.5 SP1 can be used with ASP.NET in application scenarios where ASP.NET is used to create SQL Server Compact 3.5 SP1 databases for synchronization scenarios. Use the following code to change the default behavior of SQL Server Compact 3.5 SP1 to work within ASP.NET.

AppDomain.CurrentDomain.SetData("SQLServerCompactEditionUnderWebHosting", true)


The following example creates a SqlCeCommand and a SqlCeConnection. The SqlCeConnection is opened and set as the Connection for the SqlCeCommand. The example then calls ExecuteNonQuery and closes the connection.

SqlCeConnection conn = null;

    conn = new SqlCeConnection("Data Source = MyDatabase.sdf; Password ='<pwd>'");

    SqlCeCommand cmd = conn.CreateCommand();
    cmd.CommandText = "INSERT INTO Customers ([Customer ID], [Company Name]) Values('NWIND', 'Northwind Traders')";


Any public static (Shared in Microsoft Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

Development Platforms

Windows Vista, Windows Mobile 5.0, Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 2 (SP2), Windows Server 2003, Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC, Windows CE 5.0
Version Information
.NET Framework and NET Compact Framework
Supported in 3.5
.NET Framework
Supported in 3.0
.NET Compact Framework and .Net Framework
Supported in 2.0