Two Methods to Export Data from DataSet to Excel in C#

Dataset is often used to save data by users because it is available even though we close database. And users would like to export data in dataset to Excel for displaying because Excel is very convenient for formatting and calculating data. This article introduces two solutions to export in C#.

Solution with Microsoft Office Installed:

Before using this solution, please make sure that MS Office has been installed on your system and add Microsoft Object library as reference in project.

        ///<param name=”DataSet”>Export DataSet</param>
        ///<param name=”isShowExcle”>Show Excel or not</param>

        public bool DataSetToExcel(DataSet dataSet, bool isShowExcle, string fileName)

            DataTable dataTable = dataSet.Tables[0];
            int rowNo = dataTable.Rows.Count;
            int columnNo = dataTable.Columns.Count;
            int colIndex = 0;
            if (rowNo == 0)
                return false;

            //Create Excel Object
            Microsoft.Office.Interop.Excel.Application excel = new Microsoft.Office.Interop.Excel.Application();

            Microsoft.Office.Interop.Excel.Workbook workbook = excel.Workbooks.Add(Microsoft.Office.Interop.Excel.XlWBATemplate.xlWBATWorksheet);
            Microsoft.Office.Interop.Excel.Worksheet worksheet = (Microsoft.Office.Interop.Excel.Worksheet)workbook.Worksheets[1];
            worksheet.Name = DateTime.Now.ToString().Replace(“:”, “”).Replace(“-“, “”).Replace(” “, “”);
            excel.Visible = isShowExcle;

            //Microsoft.Office.Interop.Excel.Worksheet worksheet =(Microsoft.Office.Interop.Excel.Worksheet)excel.Worksheets[1];
            Microsoft.Office.Interop.Excel.Range range;

            //Generate Fields Name
            foreach (DataColumn col in dataTable.Columns)
                excel.Cells[1, colIndex] = col.ColumnName;
            object[,] objData = new object[rowNumber, columnNumber];
            for (int row = 0; row < rowNo; r++)
                for (int col = 0; col < columnNo; c++)
                    objData[row, col] = dataTable.Rows[r][c];
            range = worksheet.Range[excel.Cells[4, 3], excel.Cells[rowNo + 1, columnNo]];

            //Set Cell Format as Text
            range.NumberFormat = “@”;
            range.Value2 = objData;
            worksheet.Range[excel.Cells[4, 3], excel.Cells[rowNo + 1, 1]].NumberFormat = “yyyy-m-d h:mm”;
            workbook.SaveAs(example, System.Reflection.Missing.Value, System.Reflection.Missing.Value, System.Reflection.Missing.Value, System.Reflection.Missing.Value,
            System.Reflection.Missing.Value, Microsoft.Office.Interop.Excel.XlSaveAsAccessMode.xlNoChange, System.Reflection.Missing.Value, System.Reflection.Missing.Value,
            System.Reflection.Missing.Value, System.Reflection.Missing.Value, System.Reflection.Missing.Value);

            return true;

Solution with Data Export Component

This solution is based on a Free C# .NET Data Export component, Free Spire.DataExport. So, please download and install this component and then add its dll as reference in project. Now, follow the steps to realize exporting and formatting the exported data.

Firstly, Create a Windows Form project. Design the form and add essential elements in forms as following.

Secondly, double click Run button and write the following code.

            string connStr = txtConnstr.Text.Trim();
            string cmd = txtCmd.Text.Trim();

            //Fill DataSet
            using (OleDbConnection conn = new OleDbConnection(connStr))
                using (OleDbDataAdapter adapter = new OleDbDataAdapter(cmd, conn))
                    using (OleDbCommandBuilder commandBuilder = new OleDbCommandBuilder(adapter))

                        using (DataSet ds = new DataSet())
                            ds.Locale = System.Globalization.CultureInfo.InvariantCulture;
                            SaveFileDialog saveFileDLG = new SaveFileDialog();
                            saveFileDLG.Filter = “(*.xls)|*.xls”;
                            string currentDirectory = Directory.GetCurrentDirectory();
                            CellExport cellExport = new CellExport();
                            this.txtExportFile.Text = saveFileDLG.FileName;
                            if (string.IsNullOrEmpty(txtExportFile.Text))
                                MessageBox.Show(“Please input a directory!”);
                            OleDbCommand oleDbCommand1 = new OleDbCommand(txtCmd.Text, conn);
                            WorkSheet workSheet1 = new WorkSheet();

                            StripStyle stripStyle1 = new StripStyle();
                            stripStyle1.Borders.Bottom.Style = Spire.DataExport.XLS.CellBorderStyle.Thin;
                            stripStyle1.Borders.Left.Style = Spire.DataExport.XLS.CellBorderStyle.Thin;
                            stripStyle1.Borders.Right.Style = Spire.DataExport.XLS.CellBorderStyle.Thin;
                            stripStyle1.Borders.Top.Style = Spire.DataExport.XLS.CellBorderStyle.Thin;
                            stripStyle1.FillStyle.Background = Spire.DataExport.XLS.CellColor.LightGreen;

                            //Export Style
                            cellExport.ActionAfterExport = ActionType.OpenView;
                            cellExport.AutoFitColWidth = true;
                            cellExport.FileName = this.txtExportFile.Text.Trim();

                            cellExport.SheetOptions.TitlesFormat.Font.Name = “Times New Roman”;

                            workSheet1.AutoFitColWidth = true;
                            workSheet1.Options.TitlesFormat.Font.Color = Spire.DataExport.XLS.CellColor.Pink;
                            workSheet1.Options.TitlesFormat.Alignment.Horizontal = Spire.DataExport.XLS.HorizontalAlignment.Center;
                            workSheet1.Options.TitlesFormat.Font.Italic = true;
                            workSheet1.Options.TitlesFormat.Font.Bold = true;
                            workSheet1.Options.TitlesFormat.Font.Size = 12F;

                            //Export Data           
                            workSheet1.SheetName = “Demo”;
                            workSheet1.SQLCommand = oleDbCommand1;
                            workSheet1.ItemType = Spire.DataExport.XLS.CellItemType.Row;


The two solutions can export data from dataset to Excel. The first one is based on Microsoft Office, and the second one is based a component. If you don’t want to install MS Office on your computer, the second will be a good choice to export data.


22 thoughts on “Two Methods to Export Data from DataSet to Excel in C#

  1. Sai says:

    I have my data in data table. But I want to make readonly few columns in excel. Is it possible?
    Please help me to solve this.

    • janewdaisy says:

      I am sorry for the late reply. Actually, I don’t find the method to export specified columns to Excel randomly right now. The moment I found the solution, I will show it in comment.

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