Read Excel XLSX using ODBC drive and C#

This code snippet is to read the Excel xlsx file using ODBC driver.

First you need to download the xlsx ODBC here It is written 2007 Office System Driver: Data Connectivity Components but I don’t have issue to use it in Excel 2016.

The code pick up the table name TABLE_NAME and fill it into Dataset. You must define a table if you want to use the code below.

public static  Boolean ImportExcel2007(String strFilePath, ref DataSet ds)


    if (!File.Exists(strFilePath)) return false;

    String strExcelConn = “Provider=Microsoft.ACE.OLEDB.12.0;”

    + “Data Source=” + strFilePath + “;”

    + “Extended Properties=’Excel 8.0;HDR=No'”;

    OleDbConnection connExcel = new OleDbConnection(strExcelConn);

    OleDbCommand cmdExcel = new OleDbCommand();



        cmdExcel.Connection = connExcel;


        //Check if the Sheet Exists


        DataTable dtExcelSchema;

        //Get the Schema of the WorkBook

        dtExcelSchema = connExcel.GetOleDbSchemaTable(OleDbSchemaGuid.Tables, null);



        //Read Data from Sheet1


        OleDbDataAdapter da = new OleDbDataAdapter();

        //DataSet ds = new DataSet();

        string SheetName = dtExcelSchema.Rows[0][“TABLE_NAME”].ToString();

        cmdExcel.CommandText = “SELECT * From [“ + SheetName + “]”;


        //Range Query

        //cmdExcel.CommandText = “SELECT * From [” + SheetName + “A3:B5]”;


        da.SelectCommand = cmdExcel;




        return true;




        return false;








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Since March 2011 Microsoft Live Spaces migrated to Wordpress ( till now, I have is over 1 million viewers. This blog is about more than 50% telling you how to resolve error messages, especial for Microsoft products. The blog also has a lot of guidance teaching you how to get stated certain Microsoft technologies. The blog also uses as a help to keep my memory. The blog is never meant to give people consulting services or silver bullet solutions. It is a contribution to the community. Thanks for your support over the years. Ming Man is Microsoft MVP since year 2006. He is a software development manager for a multinational company. With 25 years of experience in the IT field, he has developed system using Clipper, COBOL, VB5, VB6, VB.NET, Java and C #. He has been using Visual Studio (.NET) since the Beta back in year 2000. He and the team have developed many projects using .NET platform such as SCM, and HR based applications. He is familiar with the N-Tier design of business application and is also an expert with database experience in MS SQL, Oracle and AS 400.
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