Deleting from a DataGridView control

Posted on 2009-05-08
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
Im extremly new to C# and i have a datagridview polpulated already but would like to know how i can delete a row in SQL using the datagridcontrol. I can delete a row from the datagridview but i want to apply that to SQL server db table too. Can anyone help?
I can specify the connection, DataAdaptor etc but im stuck after that. I would need to create A SQL DELETE command and update at the end but thats all i know
private void btnDelete_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)


            System.Data.SqlClient.SqlConnection cnn = new System.Data.SqlClient.SqlConnection();

            conn = new SqlConnection(@"Data Source=<SQLInstance>;Initial Catalog=<Database>;Integrated Security=True");

            da = new SqlDataAdapter();

            ds = new DataSet();

            datagridview1.Rows.RemoveAt(datagridview1.CurrentRow.Index);  //applys delete to the gid but i want to delete the record in SQL too


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Question by:wilko100
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I don't often use dataadapters as I use the disconnected model more often. I'm 99% sure thought that all you need do is assign the sqldataadapter.deletecommand, sqldataadapter.delete and finally rebind.

A short example:
da.DeleteCommand = "DELETE FROM tbl WHERE ColumnId =" + [GetValueFromDataGridView HERE]

Now fire through your original binding process, or since you've already removed the row you may not need to.

A more full scale example can be found at this link:

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Yeah that makes sense, you know wht the syntax is the sql statement line? i know it would be something like "DELETE FROM Contact WHERE FirstName = "+{CurrentRowSelect}+" but you know what the bit in {} is? then is that all i need?

This is the code i have so far...
private void btnDelete_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)


            System.Data.SqlClient.SqlConnection cnn = new System.Data.SqlClient.SqlConnection();

            conn = new SqlConnection(@"Data Source=<SQLInstanne>;Initial Catalog=<Database>;Integrated Security=True");

            comm = new SqlCommand("DELETE FROM Contact WHERE "+RowOfDataGrid+"");            

            da = new SqlDataAdapter();

            ds = new DataSet();

            comm.Connection = conn;

            da.DeleteCommand = comm;



            datagridview1.DataSource = ds.Tables[0];

            var UserTable = (DataTable)datagridview1.DataSource;






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Well in SQL Delete you are going to delete based on a unique value of the row in question. Usually this is the primary key column.

I cant tell you exactly without building one myself, but I suspect it is something like this:

datagridview1.Rows(datagridview1.CurrentRow.Index).cells(index of your value).value;

Funny thing I wasnt aware a gridview had a property for "currentrow". It's not listed on MSDN as having that property, but you said you had it working already using that "removeat" code so Im going with it.


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ID: 24343632
Yep the currentrow works a treat and really easy when its disconnected, im clueelss when i want to delete from within the backend! I used...(See code below) which removed the row selected, i just dont know what the syntax is for deleting the selected row

Would you guys say this is the order to delete?:
1) Create connection
2) Create DELETE Command (DELETE Counter, FirstName, LastName etc FROM [Table] WHERE Counter = "+Selected Row on Grid+");
3) Create DataAdaptor
4) Create Dataset
5) Update

private void btnDelete_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)








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