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DataTable.Select Method (String, String)

Gets an array of all DataRow objects that match the filter criteria, in the specified sort order.

Namespace:  System.Data
Assembly:  System.Data (in System.Data.dll)

public DataRow[] Select(
	string filterExpression,
	string sort


Type: System.String
The criteria to use to filter the rows.
Type: System.String
A string specifying the column and sort direction.

Return Value

Type: System.Data.DataRow[]
An array of DataRow objects matching the filter expression.

To form the filterExpression argument, use the same rules for creating the DataColumn class's Expression property value. The Sort argument also uses the same rules for creating class's Expression strings.

If the column on the filter contains a null value, it will not be part of the result.

The following example uses a filter expression to return an array of DataRow objects.

   private void GetRowsByFilter()
       DataTable table = DataSet1.Tables["Orders"];

       // Presuming the DataTable has a column named Date.
       string expression = "Date > '1/1/00'";

       // Sort descending by column named CompanyName.
       string sortOrder = "CompanyName DESC";
       DataRow[] foundRows;

       // Use the Select method to find all rows matching the filter.
       foundRows = table.Select(expression, sortOrder);

       // Print column 0 of each returned row.
       for(int i = 0; i < foundRows.Length; i ++)

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

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.