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28 Jul 2015CPOL
This article shows how to get ADO.NET DataTable out of Excel


This article shows how to get DataTable out of an Excel file. It has two functions:

  1. GetDataTableFromExcel() for Excel 97-2003
  2. GetDataTableFromExcel2007() for Excel 2007 and up


GetDataTableFromExcel2007() function uses ICSharpCode.SharpZipLib.dll. Please download it from

Using the Code

GetDataTableFromExcel2007() uses SharpZipLib library to read Excel (xlsx) file. Second parameter (iColHeaderRow) tells the function where the column header row is located. If column headers are located on the first row, pass 1. If the Excel file has no rows, pass 0.

Function GetDataTableFromExcel2007(ByVal sFilePath As String, _
             ByVal iColHeaderRow As Integer) As DataTable
		Dim oDataTable As New DataTable
		Dim oFileStream As System.IO.FileStream = System.IO.File.OpenRead(sFilePath)
		Dim oZipFile As New ICSharpCode.SharpZipLib.Zip.ZipFile(oFileStream)

		Dim oFileSheet As System.IO.Stream = Nothing
		Dim oFileSharedStrings As System.IO.Stream = Nothing

		For Each oZipEntry As ICSharpCode.SharpZipLib.Zip.ZipEntry In oZipFile
			If oZipEntry.Name = "xl/worksheets/sheet1.xml" Then
				oFileSheet = oZipFile.GetInputStream(oZipEntry)
			End If

			If oZipEntry.Name = "xl/sharedStrings.xml" Then
				oFileSharedStrings = oZipFile.GetInputStream(oZipEntry)
			End If

		If oFileSheet Is Nothing Then
			Throw New Exception("xl/worksheets/sheet1.xml is missing")
		End If

		If oFileSharedStrings Is Nothing Then
			Throw New Exception("xl/sharedStrings.xml is missing")
		End If

		'Read sharedStrings.xml
		Dim oList As New System.Collections.Generic.List(Of String)()
		Dim oXmlReader As XmlReader = XmlReader.Create(oFileSharedStrings)
		While oXmlReader.Read()
			If oXmlReader.NodeType = XmlNodeType.Element AndAlso oXmlReader.Name = "t" Then
			End If
		End While

		Dim oDoc As New XmlDocument()

		Dim nsMgr As XmlNamespaceManager = New XmlNamespaceManager(oDoc.NameTable)
		nsMgr.AddNamespace("ns", "")

		Dim oRows As System.Xml.XmlNodeList = _
               oDoc.SelectNodes("//ns:worksheet/ns:sheetData/ns:row", nsMgr)
		Dim oDataRow As DataRow = Nothing

		For iRow1 As Integer = 0 To oRows.Count - 1
			Dim oRow As XmlNode = oRows(iRow1)
			Dim iRow As Integer = iRow1 + 1
			Dim bRowBlank As Boolean = True

			If iRow > iColHeaderRow Then
				oDataRow = oDataTable.NewRow()
			End If

			Dim oCells As XmlNodeList = oRow.SelectNodes("ns:c", nsMgr)
			For iCol As Integer = 0 To oCells.Count - 1
				Dim oCell As XmlNode = oCells(iCol)
				Dim oValue As XmlNode = oCell.SelectSingleNode("ns:v", nsMgr)
				Dim sValue As String = ""
				If Not oValue Is Nothing Then
					sValue = oValue.InnerText

					Dim sType As String = ""
					If Not oCell.Attributes("t") Is Nothing Then
						sType = oCell.Attributes("t").InnerText
					End If

					If sType = "s" Then
						Dim iValue As Integer = Integer.Parse_
                             (sValue, System.Globalization.CultureInfo.InvariantCulture)
						sValue = oList(iValue)
					End If
				End If

				If bRowBlank AndAlso sValue <> "" Then
					bRowBlank = False
				End If

				If iColHeaderRow = 0 AndAlso iRow = 1 Then
					Dim oDataColumn As New DataColumn("Column" & iCol, _
				End If

				If iRow = iColHeaderRow Then
					Dim oDataColumn As New DataColumn_
                           (sValue, System.Type.[GetType]("System.String"))

				ElseIf iRow > iColHeaderRow Then
					oDataRow(iCol) = sValue
				End If

			If iRow > iColHeaderRow Then
				If bRowBlank Then
					Exit For
				End If
			End If

		If oZipFile IsNot Nothing Then
			oZipFile.IsStreamOwner = True
		End If

		Return oDataTable
	End Function

GetDataTableFromExcel() uses JET OLEDB provider to read Excel (xls) file.

Private Function GetDataTableFromExcel(ByVal sFilePath As String) As System.Data.DataTable
    Dim sConnectionString As String = "Provider=Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0; _
                Data Source=" + sFilePath + ";" & _
                                    "Extended Properties=""Excel 8.0;"""
    Dim cn As New OleDb.OleDbConnection(sConnectionString)
    Dim oTables As DataTable = cn.GetOleDbSchemaTable_
                (System.Data.OleDb.OleDbSchemaGuid.Tables, Nothing)
    Dim i As Integer
    For i = 0 To oTables.Rows.Count - 1
        Dim sSheetName As String = oTables.Rows(i)("TABLE_NAME").ToString()
        If sSheetName.IndexOf("$") <> -1 Then
            Dim oDataSet As New DataSet
            Dim oAdapter As New System.Data.OleDb.OleDbDataAdapter_
                     ("SELECT * FROM [" + sSheetName + "]", cn)
            oAdapter.TableMappings.Add("Table", sSheetName)
            Dim oDataTable As DataTable = oDataSet.Tables(0)
            If oDataTable.Rows.Count > 0 And oDataTable.Columns.Count > 0 Then
                Return oDataTable
            End If
        End If

    Return Nothing
End Function

JET works only in 32-bit mode so you need set your IIS application pool or the EXE into 32-bit mode.

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Points of Interest

You might also try to create a function that will return Dataset with tables for every tab.


  • 28th July, 2015: Initial version


This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)


About the Author

Igor Krupitsky
Web Developer
United States United States
Igor is a business intelligence consultant working in Tampa, Florida. He has a BS in Finance from University of South Carolina and Masters in Information Management System from University of South Florida. He also has following professional certifications: MCSD, MCDBA, MCAD.

Comments and Discussions

QuestionMicrosoft.ACE.OLEDB provider Pin
Igor Krupitsky7-Aug-15 9:17
mvaIgor Krupitsky7-Aug-15 9:17 
One way to implement this is with Microsoft.ACE.OLEDB provider ( installed on the server and used like:
Provider=Microsoft.ACE.OLEDB.12.0;Data Source=C:\Test.xlsx;Extended Properties=excel 12.0
Questionhave you consider to post this as a tip? Pin
Nelek6-Aug-15 5:28
protectorNelek6-Aug-15 5:28 

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