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GridViewDeleteEventArgs.RowIndex Property

Gets the index of the row being deleted.

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

public int RowIndex { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.Int32
The zero-based index of the row being deleted.

The row index is frequently used to retrieve the specified row from the Rows collection of the GridView control. You can then access the row's properties.

The following example shows how to use the RowIndex property to determine the index of the row to delete.

<%@ Page language="C#" %>

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" 
<script runat="server">

  void CustomersGridView_RowDeleting(Object sender, GridViewDeleteEventArgs e)

    // Get the country/region of the record being deleted.
    GridViewRow row = CustomersGridView.Rows[e.RowIndex];
    String region = row.Cells[6].Text;

    // Cancel the delete operation if the country/region is "USA".
    if(region == "USA")
      e.Cancel = true;
      Message.Text = "You cannot delete a record from " + region + ".";


  void CustomersGridView_RowDeleted(Object sender, GridViewDeletedEventArgs e)

    if (e.Exception == null)
      // The delete operation succeeded. Clear the message label.
      Message.Text = "";
      // The delete operation failed. Display an error message.
      Message.Text = "An error occurred during the delete operation. " +
        e.AffectedRows.ToString() + " rows deleted.";



<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" >
  <head runat="server">
    <title>GridViewDeleteEventArgs RowIndex Example</title>
    <form id="form1" runat="server">

      <h3>GridViewDeleteEventArgs RowIndex Example</h3>

      <asp:label id="Message"


      <asp:gridview id="CustomersGridView" 


      <!-- This example uses Microsoft SQL Server and connects  -->
      <!-- to the Northwind sample database. Use an ASP.NET     -->
      <!-- expression to retrieve the connection string value   -->
      <!-- from the Web.config file.                            -->
      <asp:sqldatasource id="CustomersSqlDataSource"  
        selectcommand="Select [CustomerID], [CompanyName], [Address], [City], [PostalCode], [Country] From [Customers]"
        deletecommand="Delete from Customers where CustomerID = @CustomerID"
        connectionstring="<%$ ConnectionStrings:NorthWindConnectionString%>"


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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

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