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How to export DataGridView to Excel?

Syncfusion Essential XlsIO is a .NET Excel library used to create, read, and edit Excel documents. Using this library, you can start creating an Excel document in C# and VB.NET.

Microsoft DataGridView control is a new control which has numerous features than DataGrid control like sorting, etc. This article explains how the data can be exported from DataGridView to Excel with its column header and cell formatting using XlsIO.


Note: Difference between DataGrid and DataGridView can be found here.


Steps to export DataGridView to Excel:


  1. Initialize the DataGridView object and set data source.

Include the following namespace to create new DataGridView  object.


Include the following namespace for XlsIO.


After the initialization set valid data sources to the DataGridView’s DataSource property. Here the DataTable object has been used for the DataSource property.


Note: GetDataTable() method returns DataTable of applicable data to import.


  1. Create the Excel workbook.

Use the following code snippet to create new Excel workbook object.



  1. Export data from DataGridView object to Excel worksheet.

Use the ImportDataGridView() method to export the data from DataGridView to Excel worksheet with its column header and cell formatting.



The following C#/ VB.NET complete code snippet shows how to export data from DataGridView to Excel using XlsIO.




A complete working DataGridView to Excel sample can be downloaded here.


We recommend you to walkthrough the documentation for importing data from other grid controls, other data objects and exporting operations available with XlsIO for various data objects (DataTable, Business Objects, etc).


An online sample link to import from DataGrid can be found here.



Starting with v16.2.0.x, if you reference Syncfusion assemblies from trial setup or from the NuGet feed, include a license key in your projects. Refer to link to learn about generating and registering Syncfusion license key in your application to use the components without trail message

Article ID: Published Date: Last Revised Date: Platform: Control:
9078 08/06/2018 08/06/2018 Windows Forms XlsIO
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