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DataBoundLiteralControl.Text Property

Gets the text content of the DataBoundLiteralControl object.

Namespace:  System.Web.UI
Assembly:  System.Web (in System.Web.dll)

public string Text { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.String
A String that represents the text content of the DataBoundLiteralControl.

The DataBoundLiteralControl class persists the value of its Text property to view state.

The following code example creates a custom control and uses that control from within an .aspx file to display the text of a DataBoundLiteralControl object. The custom control obtains a DataBoundLiteralControl object and outputs the text property in its Render method.

using System;
using System.Web;
using System.Web.UI;

namespace Samples.AspNet.CS.Controls 

   public class MyControl : Control 

    [System.Security.Permissions.PermissionSet(System.Security.Permissions.SecurityAction.Demand, Name="FullTrust")] 
    protected override void Render(HtmlTextWriter output) 
      // Checks if a DataBoundLiteralControl object is present. 
      if ( (HasControls()) && (Controls[0] is DataBoundLiteralControl) ) 
        // Obtains the DataBoundLiteralControl instance.
        DataBoundLiteralControl boundLiteralControl = (DataBoundLiteralControl)Controls[0];
        // Retrieves the text in the boundLiteralControl object.
        String text = boundLiteralControl.Text;
        output.Write("<h4>Your Message: " +text+"</h4>");


You can compile the control with the Visual Basic Compiler (vbc.exe) or C# Compiler (csc.exe). You must place the resulting .dll file in the Bin directory of the Web project, as shown in the following code example.

csc /t:library /out:myWebAppPath/bin/cs_myDataBoundLiteralControl.dll myDataBoundLiteralControl.cs

The following code example demonstrates how the custom control is registered and used within an .aspx file.

<%@ Page Language="C#" %>
<%@ Register TagPrefix="MyControlSample" Namespace="Samples.AspNet.CS.Controls" %>
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" 
<html xmlns="" >
    DataBoundLiteralControl Example
<script language="C#" runat="server">
      void Page_Load(Object Sender, EventArgs e)
    DataBoundLiteralControl Example
  <form method="post" runat="server" id="Form1">
    <asp:Label id="Label1" Text="This is a string retrieved from 'DataBoundLiteralControl'" Runat="server" Visible="False"></asp:Label>
    <MyControlSample:MyControl id="MyControl" runat="server">
        <%# Label1.Text %>

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98

The .NET Framework and .NET Compact Framework do not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0