Binding Dataset to GridView using SqlDataSource

This short article shows you how to bind GridView to Dataset using SqlDataSource.

Refer back to the article . That article is using C# code to bind Dataset to GridView. You can also bind Dataset to GridView with using C# code but SqlDataSource.

You still need a web.config like below.

<?xml version=1.0 encoding=utf-8?>


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    <compilation debug=true targetFramework=4.5 />

    <httpRuntime targetFramework=4.5 />




      <add name=NorthWindConnectionString connectionString=data source=.\SQLEXPRESS;initial catalog=northwind;integrated security=True providerName=System.Data.SqlClient />




The aspx page with SqlDataSource as below.

<%@ Page Language=”C#” AutoEventWireup=”true” CodeBehind=”WebForm1.aspx.cs” Inherits=”WebAppGridView.WebForm1″ %>


<!DOCTYPE html>


<html xmlns=””&gt;

<head runat=”server”>




    <form id=”form1″ runat=”server”>


      <h3>GridView DataBind Example</h3>

      <asp:label id=”Message”




      <asp:gridview id=”AuthorsGridView”


        runat=”server” DataKeyNames=”CustomerID” DataSourceID=”SqlDataSource1″>


              <asp:BoundField DataField=”CustomerID” HeaderText=”CustomerID” ReadOnly=”True” SortExpression=”CustomerID” />

              <asp:BoundField DataField=”CompanyName” HeaderText=”CompanyName” SortExpression=”CompanyName” />

              <asp:BoundField DataField=”ContactName” HeaderText=”ContactName” SortExpression=”ContactName” />

              <asp:BoundField DataField=”ContactTitle” HeaderText=”ContactTitle” SortExpression=”ContactTitle” />

              <asp:BoundField DataField=”Address” HeaderText=”Address” SortExpression=”Address” />

              <asp:BoundField DataField=”City” HeaderText=”City” SortExpression=”City” />

              <asp:BoundField DataField=”Region” HeaderText=”Region” SortExpression=”Region” />

              <asp:BoundField DataField=”PostalCode” HeaderText=”PostalCode” SortExpression=”PostalCode” />

              <asp:BoundField DataField=”Country” HeaderText=”Country” SortExpression=”Country” />

              <asp:BoundField DataField=”Phone” HeaderText=”Phone” SortExpression=”Phone” />

              <asp:BoundField DataField=”Fax” HeaderText=”Fax” SortExpression=”Fax” />



        <asp:SqlDataSource ID=”SqlDataSource1″ runat=”server” ConnectionString=”<%$ ConnectionStrings:NorthWindConnectionString %> SelectCommand=”SELECT * FROM [Customers]”></asp:SqlDataSource>





There is no code behind for this method.

You can also download the source code from The sample file name My MSN ID is

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