[SOLVED] How to get the cell value by column name not by index in GridView in asp.net


I am having a gridview in asp.net and now I want the cell value by the column name but not by the cell index.

How would be it possible by retrieving the cell value by the cell column name


GridView does not act as column names, as that’s it’s datasource property to know those things.

If you still need to know the index given a column name, then you can create a helper method to do this as the gridview Header normally contains this information.

int GetColumnIndexByName(GridViewRow row, string columnName)
    int columnIndex = 0;
    foreach (DataControlFieldCell cell in row.Cells)
        if (cell.ContainingField is BoundField)
            if (((BoundField)cell.ContainingField).DataField.Equals(columnName))
        columnIndex++; // keep adding 1 while we don't have the correct name
    return columnIndex;

remember that the code above will use a BoundField… then use it like:

protected void GridView_RowDataBound(object sender, GridViewRowEventArgs e)
    if (e.Row.RowType == DataControlRowType.DataRow)
        int index = GetColumnIndexByName(e.Row, "myDataField");
        string columnValue = e.Row.Cells[index].Text;

I would strongly suggest that you use the TemplateField to have your own controls, then it’s easier to grab those controls like:

<asp:GridView ID="gv" runat="server">
                <asp:Label ID="lblName" runat="server" Text='<%# Eval("Name") %>' />

and then use

string columnValue = ((Label)e.Row.FindControl("lblName")).Text;

Answered By – balexandre

Answer Checked By – David Marino (BugsFixing Volunteer)

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