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SqlDataSource.Insert Method

Performs an insert operation using the InsertCommand SQL string and any parameters that are in the InsertParameters collection.

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

public int Insert()

Return Value

Type: System.Int32
A value that represents the number of rows inserted into the underlying database.


The SqlDataSource cannot establish a connection with the underlying data source.

Before the insert operation is performed, the OnInserting method is called to raise the Inserting event. You can handle this event to examine the values of the parameters and to perform any preprocessing before the Insert operation. To perform an insert operation, the SqlDataSourceView object builds an DbCommand object using the InsertCommand text and any associated InsertParameters properties, and then executes the DbCommand object against the underlying database.

After the operation completes, the OnInserted method is called to raise the Inserted event. You can handle this event to examine any return values and error codes and to perform any post-processing.

The Insert method is provided for programmatic access to the Insert method. If the SqlDataSource control is associated with a data-bound control, the data-bound control automatically calls the Insert method.

The Insert method delegates to the Insert method of the SqlDataSourceView object that is associated with the SqlDataSource control.

Security noteSecurity Note

Values are inserted into parameters without validation, which is a potential security threat. Use the Filtering event to validate parameter values before executing the query. For more information, see Script Exploits Overview.

The following code example demonstrates how to insert data into a database using the SqlDataSource control and a simple Web Forms page. The current data in the Data table is displayed in the DropDownList control. You can add new records by entering values in the TextBox controls, and then clicking the Insert button. When the Insert button is clicked, the specified values are inserted into the database, and then the DropDownList is refreshed.

Security noteSecurity Note

This example includes a text box that accepts user input, which is a potential security threat and values are inserted into parameters without validation, which is also a potential security threat. Use the Inserting event to validate parameter values before executing the query. For more information, see Script Exploits Overview.


This example shows how to use declarative syntax for data access. For information about how to access data by using code instead of markup, see Accessing Data in Visual Studio.

<%@Page  Language="C#" %>
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "">

<script runat="server">
private void InsertShipper (object source, EventArgs e) {
<html xmlns="" >
  <head runat="server">
    <title>ASP.NET Example</title>
    <form id="form1" runat="server">

        datavaluefield="ShipperID" />

<!-- Security Note: The SqlDataSource uses a FormParameter,
     Security Note: which does not perform validation of input from the client.
     Security Note: To validate the value of the FormParameter, handle the Inserting event. -->

        connectionstring="<%$ ConnectionStrings:MyNorthwind %>"
        selectcommand="SELECT CompanyName,ShipperID FROM Shippers"
        insertcommand="INSERT INTO Shippers (CompanyName,Phone) VALUES (@CoName,@Phone)">
            <asp:formparameter name="CoName" formfield="CompanyNameBox" />
            <asp:formparameter name="Phone"  formfield="PhoneBox" />

      <br /><asp:textbox
           runat="server" />

        ErrorMessage="Please enter a company name." />

      <br /><asp:textbox
           runat="server" />

        ErrorMessage="Please enter a phone number." />

      <br /><asp:button
           text="Insert New Shipper"
           onclick="InsertShipper" />


.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

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