SqlCeException Class

The exception thrown when the underlying provider returns a warning or error from a SQL Server Compact 3.5 SP1 data source. This class cannot be inherited.

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

public class SqlCeException : SystemException
/** @attribute SerializableAttribute() */ 
public class SqlCeException extends SystemException
public class SqlCeException extends SystemException

This class is created whenever the .NET Compact Framework Data Provider for SQL Server Compact 3.5 SP1 encounters an error generated from within the SQL Server Compact 3.5 SP1 Engine. (Other errors are thrown as standard common language runtime exceptions.) SqlCeException always contains at least one instance of SqlCeError.

The following example generates a SqlCeException due to a missing data source, and then displays the exception.

SqlCeConnection conn = new SqlCeConnection("Data Source=nonExistingSource.sdf;");

catch (SqlCeException e)
    // Use SqlCeException properties if you need specific
    // application logic depending on the error condition
    if (25046 == e.NativeError /*SSCE_M_FILENOTFOUND*/)
        // Error specific logic goes here...


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