Reading Excel sheet in ASP.NET

             One day I got a requirement of reading excel sheet (excel sheet may be either 2003 or 2007 version). To implement this I started googling and found some interesting solutions from Microsoft website and finally I developed code to read the excel sheet in the following way.
             Here I created a web application and added an upload user control to a page (assume Default.aspx). Once the user uploads the excel file I will store it into the server machine and read the excel sheet from the server machine. Here is the code.
I created a class to read the excel file depending on the excel version.


using System;
using System.Data;
using System.Configuration;
using System.Linq;
using System.Web;
using System.Web.Security;
using System.Web.UI;
using System.Web.UI.HtmlControls;
using System.Web.UI.WebControls;
using System.Web.UI.WebControls.WebParts;
using System.Xml.Linq;

using System.Data.OleDb;
using System.Collections.Generic;

public class ExcelReading
public ExcelReading()
// TODO: Add constructor logic here
    //open the excel file using OLEDB
    OleDbConnection con;
//List of Worksheet names
    public string[] workSheetNames = new string[] { };
    private string fileName;  //Path and file name of the Excel Workbook
    private string connectionString;

    public string[] ExcelRead(string fileNamePath,string extn)
        this.fileName = fileNamePath;

        switch (extn)
            //Excel 97-2003 file
            case ".xls":
            //Excel 2007 file
            case ".xlsx":


        return workSheetNames;


    private void OpenExcelFile(bool isOpenXMLFormat)
//while reading excel sheet Oledbdata Reader scans first 8 rows
        //and based on the majority data types it treats them as either integer or text.
        //The non matching data types are treated as NULL or empty. To solve this problem
        //use IMEX=1 property extender        

        if (isOpenXMLFormat)
            //read a 2007 file
            connectionString = "Provider=Microsoft.ACE.OLEDB.12.0;Data Source=" +@fileName + ";Extended Properties="Excel 8.0;HDR=YES;"";
            //read a 97-2003 file
            connectionString = "Provider=Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0;Data Source=" +@fileName + ";Extended Properties='Excel 8.0;IMEX=1'";
            con = new OleDbConnection(connectionString);

            //get all the available sheets
            System.Data.DataTable dataSet = con.GetOleDbSchemaTable(OleDbSchemaGuid.Tables, null);

            //get the number of sheets in the file
            workSheetNames = new String[dataSet.Rows.Count];
            int i = 0;
            foreach (DataRow row in dataSet.Rows)
                //insert the sheet's name in the current element of the array
                //and remove the $ sign at the end
                workSheetNames[i] = row["TABLE_NAME"].ToString().Trim(new[] { ''','$' });
            if (dataSet != null)
        catch(Exception e)
            throw e;



    public System.Data.DataTable GetWorksheet(string worksheetName,string range)
        OleDbConnection con = new OleDbConnection();
        System.Data.DataTable excelDataTable = new System.Data.DataTable();
            con = new System.Data.OleDb.OleDbConnection(connectionString);
            OleDbDataAdapter cmd = new System.Data.OleDb.OleDbDataAdapter(
                "select * from [" + worksheetName + "$" + range + "]", con);

        catch { }

        return excelDataTable;


Here is the code of the page and its code behind file from which I uploaded the excel sheet.

<asp:FileUpload ID="ctrlFileUpload"  runat="server" EnableViewState="true" Width="100%" onkeypress="return false;" onkeydown="return false;" /></br>
<asp:Button ID="btnUpload" runat="server" Enabled="true" Text="Upload" OnClick=" btnUpload _Click"/>


protected void btnUpload_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)


      string FileName = ctrlFileUpload.PostedFile.FileName;

      string _strUploadedFileExtn = System.IO.Path.GetExtension(ctrlFileUpload.PostedFile.FileName);

//Saving the file into server machine

      ctrlFileUpload.PostedFile.SaveAs(Server.MapPath(".") + "\UploadedExcel\" + FileName);

//Reading the file from the previously saved location.

string path = @"../UploadedExcel/" + FileName;

      string fileNamePath = Server.MapPath(path);

System.Data.DataTable dataTable = new System.Data.DataTable();

string[] workSheetNames = excelReading.ExcelRead(fileNamePath, _strUploadedFileExtn);

//Read the required worksheet from the array. Here I am reading first sheet

string sheetName= workSheetNames[1];

//Specify the range of the data which you want to read from excel sheet

string range = "B8:B100";

dataTable = excelReading.GetWorksheet(sheetName, range);

//Read the data from datatable object

if (dataTable.Rows.Count > 0)


          foreach (DataRow row in dataTable.Rows)


      //Here write the code to read the data from datatable row.




Another way of reading excel sheet:

We can also read the excel sheet by referring ‘Microsoft.Interop.Excel.dll’ but before going in that way I suggest you to go through below link  because microsoft is not recommending this way.
References for reading excel sheet:

Deleting duplicate records from a table

Note:  The examples in this post are written and tested in SQL Server 2008.

The below example expalins how to delete duplicate  records from a table in SQL Server database.

First create a table and insert some duplicate records into it.

--Creating a table for duplicate records

CREATE TABLE StudentDetails(Id int Primary key,RollNum int,Name varchar(20))

--Inserting Records

Insert into StudentDetails values(1,10,'Krishna')

Insert into StudentDetails values(2,11,'Raju')

Insert into StudentDetails values(3,10,'Krishna')

Insert into StudentDetails values(4,12,'Jagadish')

Insert into StudentDetails values(5,10,'Krishna')

In the above table three records are duplicated with RollNum=10 and Name=”Krishna”. We can remove these duplicate values by this query.

--Deleting duplicate records

delete DuplicateRecordTable from


      select row_number() over

      (partition by RollNum,Name order by RollNum)as DuplicateCount ,

      * from StudentDetails

) as DuplicateRecordTable

where DuplicateCount&amp;gt;1

Now the resulting table only have 3 records.

Note:  In the above query after ‘partition by’ keyword we should have to specify column names which have the duplicate values.

Another example:

Another way of deleting duplicate records from a table which doesn’t have a primary key is explained below.

First create a table without any primary key and insert some duplicate records into it.

--Creating a table for duplicate records

CREATE TABLE StudentDtls(RollNum int,Name varchar(20))

--Inserting Records

Insert into StudentDtls values(10,'Krishna')

Insert into StudentDtls values(11,'Raju')

Insert into StudentDtls values(10,'Krishna')

Insert into StudentDtls values(12,'Jagadish')

Insert into StudentDtls values(10,'Krishna')

observe no primary key created in this example. Now, to delete duplicate records execute the following query.

--Deleting duplicate records


      INTO DuplicateRecordTable

      FROM StudentDtls

      GROUP BY RollNum,Name

      HAVING COUNT(RollNum) &amp;gt; 1

DELETE StudentDtls

  WHERE RollNum

  IN (SELECT RollNum

         FROM DuplicateRecordTable)

INSERT StudentDtls


     FROM DuplicateRecordTable

DROP TABLE DuplicateRecordTable

Now the resulting table will have only three unique records.