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  Dec 14 2014 8:24AM     Michael Ryan
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Here Michael Ryan provided a short tutorial with example, how to create CSV file from Database in C#/VB.
Consider the structure of Table as shown below,
Table Structure
Set the table name as shown below.
Page Design
Image belows shows page design for Creating CSV file.
Below is the sample HTML code,
<html xmlns="">
<head runat="server">
    <form id="form1" runat="server">
        <hr >
        <br >
            <span>Enter Employee ID: </span>
            <asp:TextBox ID="txtEmpID" runat="server"></asp:TextBox>&nbsp;&nbsp;<asp:Button ID="btnCreateCSV"
                runat="server" Text="Create CSV" OnClick="btnCreateCSV_Click" />

        <br >
            <asp:Label ID="lblMessage" runat="server"></asp:Label></div>
You will need to import the following namespace.

using System.Data.SqlClient;
using System.Data;
using System.Text;
using System.IO;


Imports System.Data.SqlClient
Imports System.Data
Imports System.Text
Imports System.IO

Creating CSV from Database
Below is the sample code for creating CSV from Database in C#/VB.
GetData() method will get Employee data from Database and return it as Datatable.
For CreateCSV() method takes the parameter Datatable and Path to save CSV file.

public DataTable GetData()
            string conString = " server=YourServerName; database=DBName; uid=**;   password=***;";
            SqlConnection conn = new SqlConnection(conString);
            DataSet ds = new DataSet();
                SqlCommand cmd = new SqlCommand("SELECT * FROM Employee", conn);
                SqlDataAdapter da = new SqlDataAdapter();
                da.SelectCommand = cmd;
            catch (Exception ex)
                //Exception Message
            return ds.Tables[0];


Public Function GetData() As DataTable

            Dim conString As String =  " server=YourServerName; database=DBName; uid=**;   password=***;" 
            Dim conn  SqlConnection =  New (conString) 
            Dim ds  DataSet =  New () 
                Dim cmd  SqlCommand =  New ("SELECT * FROM Employee",conn) 
                Dim da  SqlDataAdapter =  New () 
                da.SelectCommand = cmd
            Catch ex As Exception
                'Exception Message
            End Try
            Return ds.Tables(0)

End Function

Code for Create CSV

protected void CreateCSV(DataTable dt, string filePath)
            System.Data.DataView view = new System.Data.DataView(dt);
            dt = view.ToTable(false"EmployeeName","EmployeeDesc","EmployeeAddress","EmployeeExperience");

            //DataTable to StringBuilder
            StringBuilder sb = new StringBuilder();

            string[] columnNames = dt.Columns.Cast<DataColumn>().
                                              Select(column => column.ColumnName).
            sb.AppendLine(string.Join(",", columnNames));
            foreach (DataRow row in dt.Rows)
                string[] fields = row.ItemArray.Select(field => field.ToString()).ToArray();
                sb.AppendLine(string.Join(",", fields));

            //Passing StringBuilder to Create CSV
            var bytes = Encoding.GetEncoding("iso-8859-1").GetBytes(sb.ToString());
            MemoryStream stream = new MemoryStream(bytes);

            string filename = "Employee.csv";
            string fileLocation = filePath + filename;
            using (var fileStream = new FileStream(fileLocation, FileMode.Create, FileAccess.Write))


Protected  Sub CreateCSV(ByVal dt As DataTable, ByVal filePath As String)
            Dim view As System.Data.DataView =  New System.Data.DataView(dt) 
            dt = view.ToTable(False"EmployeeName","EmployeeDesc","EmployeeAddress","EmployeeExperience")
            'DataTable to StringBuilder
            Dim sb  StringBuilder =  New () 
            String() columnNames = dt.Columns.Cast<DataColumn>().
                                              Select(column => column.ColumnName).
            sb.AppendLine(String.Join(",", columnNames))
            Dim row As DataRow
            For Each row In dt.Rows
                Dim fields() As String =  row.ItemArray.Select(field  = > field.ToString()).ToArray() 
                sb.AppendLine(String.Join(",", fields))
            'Passing StringBuilder to Create CSV
            Dim bytes As var =  Encoding.GetEncoding("iso-8859-1").GetBytes(sb.ToString()) 
            Dim stream  MemoryStream =  New (bytes) 
            Dim filename As String =  "Employee.csv" 
            Dim fileLocation As String =  filePath + filename 
            Imports ( fileStream = New (fileLocation, FileMode.Create, FileAccess.Write))


End Sub

Code for "Create CSV" Button Click Event

protected void btnCreateCSV_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
            int EmpID = int.Parse(txtEmpID.Text);
            DataTable dtEmployee = GetData(EmpID);
            CreateCSV(dtEmployee, "D:/");


Protected  Sub btnCreateCSV_Click(ByVal sender As ObjectByVal e As EventArgs)

            Dim EmpID As Integer =  Integer.Parse(txtEmpID.Text) 
            Dim dtEmployee As DataTable =  GetData(EmpID) 
            CreateCSV(dtEmployee, "D:/")

End Sub

Finally, the Employee.csv will be stored on the filepath(D:/Employee.csv)
I hope this page will helps to create CSV from Database in ASP.Net application. Thanks.

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