How can I export a GridView.DataSource to a datatable or dataset?

How can I export GridView.DataSource to datatable or dataset?


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Method 1

Assuming your DataSource is of type DataTable, you can just do this:

myGridView.DataSource as DataTable

Method 2

You should convert first DataSource in BindingSource, look example

BindingSource bs = (BindingSource)dgrid.DataSource; // Se convierte el DataSource 
DataTable tCxC = (DataTable) bs.DataSource;

With the data of tCxC you can do anything.

Method 3

Personally I would go with:

DataTable tbl = Gridview1.DataSource as DataTable;

This would allow you to test for null as this results in either DataTable object or null. Casting it as a DataTable using (DataTable)Gridview1.DataSource would cause a crashing error in case the DataSource is actually a DataSet or even some kind of collection.

Supporting Documentation: MSDN Documentation on “as”

Method 4


I was having the same issue as you, and this is the code I used to figure it out. Although, I don’t use the footer row section for my purposes, I did include it in this code.

    DataTable dt = new DataTable();

    // add the columns to the datatable            
    if (GridView1.HeaderRow != null)

        for (int i = 0; i < GridView1.HeaderRow.Cells.Count; i++)

    //  add each of the data rows to the table
    foreach (GridViewRow row in GridView1.Rows)
        DataRow dr;
        dr = dt.NewRow();

        for (int i = 0; i < row.Cells.Count; i++)
            dr[i] = row.Cells[i].Text.Replace("&nbsp;","");

    //  add the footer row to the table
    if (GridView1.FooterRow != null)
        DataRow dr;
        dr = dt.NewRow();

        for (int i = 0; i < GridView1.FooterRow.Cells.Count; i++)
            dr[i] = GridView1.FooterRow.Cells[i].Text.Replace("&nbsp;","");

Method 5

If you do gridview.bind() at:



//your gridview bind code here...


Then you can use DataTable dt = Gridview1.DataSource as DataTable; in function to retrieve datatable.

But I bind the datatable to gridview when i click button, and recording to Microsoft document:

HTTP is a stateless protocol. This means that a Web server treats each
HTTP request for a page as an independent request. The server retains
no knowledge of variable values that were used during previous

If you have same condition, then i will recommend you to use Session to persist the value.


After that you can recall the value when the page postback again.
DataTable dt=(DataTable)Session["oldData"];


Method 6

I have used below line of code and it works, Try this

DataTable dt =  dataSource.Tables[0];

Method 7

This comes in late but was quite helpful. I am Just posting for future reference

DataTable dt = new DataTable();
Data.DataView dv = default(Data.DataView);
dv = (Data.DataView)ds.Select(DataSourceSelectArguments.Empty);
dt = dv.ToTable();

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