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There is the option to use OleDB and use the Excel sheets like datatables in a database...

string con =
  @"Provider=Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0;Data Source=D:\temp\test.xls;" + 
  @"Extended Properties='Excel 8.0;HDR=Yes;'";    
using(OleDbConnection connection = new OleDbConnection(con))
{
    connection.Open();
    OleDbCommand command = new OleDbCommand("select * from [Sheet1$]", connection); 
    using(OleDbDataReader dr = command.ExecuteReader())
    {
         while(dr.Read())
         {
             var row1Col0 = dr[0];
             Console.WriteLine(row1Col0);
         }
    }
}

This example use the Microsoft.Jet.OleDb.4.0 provider to open and read the Excel file. However, if the file is of type xlsx (from Excel 2007 and later), then you need to download the Microsoft Access Database Engine components and install it on the target machine.

The provider is called Microsoft.ACE.OLEDB.12.0;. Pay attention to the fact that there are two versions of this component, one for 32bit and one for 64bit. Choose the appropriate one for the bitness of your application and what Office version is installed (if any). There are a lot of quirks to have that driver correctly working for your application. See this question for example.

Of course you don't need Office installed on the target machine.

While this approach has some merits, I think you should pay particular attention to the link signaled by a comment in your question Reading excel files from C#. There are some problems regarding the correct interpretation of the data types and when the length of data, present in a single excel cell, is longer than 255 characters

I get an exception with the code. What is Sheet1$ ?

It is the name of a worksheet in your excel file. Each sheet is considered as a different table with the name of the sheet and with a $ suffix. Of course, if you change the sheet name you need to change the tablename (sheet1$) used above

My Excel file contains a merged cell having multiline text. This approach reads only part of the text i.e. upto middle of the 7th line. Could you please help me?

Post a new question please, in this way you will get a lot more attention to you specific problem, than asking here on a 3 years old question/answer. And remember the 255 chars limit....

@Steve it's possible using a sheet index in query select * from [0] ???

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There is the option to use OleDB and use the Excel sheets like datatables in a database...

string con =
  @"Provider=Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0;Data Source=D:\temp\test.xls;" + 
  @"Extended Properties='Excel 8.0;HDR=Yes;'";    
using(OleDbConnection connection = new OleDbConnection(con))
{
    connection.Open();
    OleDbCommand command = new OleDbCommand("select * from [Sheet1$]", connection); 
    using(OleDbDataReader dr = command.ExecuteReader())
    {
         while(dr.Read())
         {
             var row1Col0 = dr[0];
             Console.WriteLine(row1Col0);
         }
    }
}

This example use the Microsoft.Jet.OleDb.4.0 provider to open and read the Excel file. However, if the file is of type xlsx (from Excel 2007 and later), then you need to download the Microsoft Access Database Engine components and install it on the target machine.

The provider is called Microsoft.ACE.OLEDB.12.0;. Pay attention to the fact that there are two versions of this component, one for 32bit and one for 64bit. Choose the appropriate one for the bitness of your application and what Office version is installed (if any). There are a lot of quirks to have that driver correctly working for your application. See this question for example.

Of course you don't need Office installed on the target machine.

While this approach has some merits, I think you should pay particular attention to the link signaled by a comment in your question Reading excel files from C#. There are some problems regarding the correct interpretation of the data types and when the length of data, present in a single excel cell, is longer than 255 characters

I get an exception with the code. What is Sheet1$ ?

It is the name of a worksheet in your excel file. Each sheet is considered as a different table with the name of the sheet and with a $ suffix. Of course, if you change the sheet name you need to change the tablename (sheet1$) used above

My Excel file contains a merged cell having multiline text. This approach reads only part of the text i.e. upto middle of the 7th line. Could you please help me?

Post a new question please, in this way you will get a lot more attention to you specific problem, than asking here on a 3 years old question/answer. And remember the 255 chars limit....

@Steve it's possible using a sheet index in query select * from [0] ???

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It is not possible to read data from an Excel file using XlsxWriter.

Above link is no longer valid. I believe this is the new page:

Is it possible to read data from an Excel sheet in Python using Xlsxwr...

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I don't have a machine available to test this but it should work. First you will probably need to install the either the 2007 Office System Driver: Data Connectivity Components or the Microsoft Access Database Engine 2010 Redistributable. Then try the following code, note you will need to change the name of the Sheet in the Select statement below to match sheetname in your excel file:

using System.Data;
using System.Data.OleDb;

namespace Data_Migration_Process_Creator
{
    class Class1
    {
        private DataTable GetDataTable(string sql, string connectionString)
        {
            DataTable dt = null;

            using (OleDbConnection conn = new OleDbConnection(connectionString))
            {
                conn.Open();
                using (OleDbCommand cmd = new OleDbCommand(sql, conn))
                {
                    using (OleDbDataReader rdr = cmd.ExecuteReader())
                    {
                        dt.Load(rdr);
                        return dt;
                    }
                }
            }
        }

        private void GetExcel()
        {
            string fullPathToExcel = "<Path to Excel file>"; //ie C:\Temp\YourExcel.xls
            string connString = string.Format("Provider=Microsoft.ACE.OLEDB.12.0;Data Source={0};Extended Properties='Excel 12.0;HDR=yes'", fullPathToExcel);
            DataTable dt = GetDataTable("SELECT * from [SheetName$]", connString);

            foreach (DataRow dr in dt.Rows)
            {
                //Do what you need to do with your data here
            }
        }
    }
}

Note: I don't have an environment to test this in (One with Office installed) so I can't say if it will work in your environment or not but I don't see why it shouldn't work.

Function_Library.DatabaseFunctions This line give me the following error The object does not contain definition for 'DatabaseFunctions'

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I don't have a machine available to test this but it should work. First you will probably need to install the either the 2007 Office System Driver: Data Connectivity Components or the Microsoft Access Database Engine 2010 Redistributable. Then try the following code, note you will need to change the name of the Sheet in the Select statement below to match sheetname in your excel file:

using System.Data;
using System.Data.OleDb;

namespace Data_Migration_Process_Creator
{
    class Class1
    {
        private DataTable GetDataTable(string sql, string connectionString)
        {
            DataTable dt = null;

            using (OleDbConnection conn = new OleDbConnection(connectionString))
            {
                conn.Open();
                using (OleDbCommand cmd = new OleDbCommand(sql, conn))
                {
                    using (OleDbDataReader rdr = cmd.ExecuteReader())
                    {
                        dt.Load(rdr);
                        return dt;
                    }
                }
            }
        }

        private void GetExcel()
        {
            string fullPathToExcel = "<Path to Excel file>"; //ie C:\Temp\YourExcel.xls
            string connString = string.Format("Provider=Microsoft.ACE.OLEDB.12.0;Data Source={0};Extended Properties='Excel 12.0;HDR=yes'", fullPathToExcel);
            DataTable dt = GetDataTable("SELECT * from [SheetName$]", connString);

            foreach (DataRow dr in dt.Rows)
            {
                //Do what you need to do with your data here
            }
        }
    }
}

Note: I don't have an environment to test this in (One with Office installed) so I can't say if it will work in your environment or not but I don't see why it shouldn't work.

Function_Library.DatabaseFunctions This line give me the following error The object does not contain definition for 'DatabaseFunctions'

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One of the more difficult concepts to grasp about Excel VSTO programming is that you don't refer to cells like an array, Worksheet[0][0] won't give you cell A1, it will error out on you. Even when you type into A1 when Excel is open, you are actually entering data into Range A1. Therefore you refer to cells as Named Ranges. Here's an example:

Excel.Worksheet sheet = workbook.Sheets["Sheet1"] as Excel.Worksheet; 
Excel.Range range = sheet.get_Range("A1", Missing.Value)
range.Text // this will give you the text the user sees
range.Value2 // this will give you the actual value stored by Excel (without rounding)

If you want to do something like this:

Excel.Range range = sheet.get_Range("A1:A5", Missing.Value)

if (range1 != null)
     foreach (Excel.Range r in range1)
     {
         string user = r.Text
         string value = r.Value2

     }

There might be a better way, but this has worked for me.

The reason you need to use Value2 and not Value is because the Value property is a parametrized and C# doesn't support them yet.

As for the cleanup code, i will post that when i get to work tomorrow, i don't have the code with me, but it's very boilerplate. You just close and release the objects in the reverse order you created them. You can't use a Using() block because the Excel.Application or Excel.Workbook doesn't implement IDisposable, and if you don't clean-up, you will be left with a hanging Excel objects in memory.

  • If you don't set the Visibility property Excel doesn't display, which can be disconcerting to your users, but if you want to just rip the data out, that is probably good enough

I hope that gets you started, let me know if you need further clarification. I'll post a complete

using System;
using System.IO;
using System.Reflection;
using NUnit.Framework;
using ExcelTools = Ms.Office;
using Excel = Microsoft.Office.Interop.Excel;

namespace Tests
{
    [TestFixture]
    public class ExcelSingle
    {
        [Test]
        public void ProcessWorkbook()
        {
            string file = @"C:\Users\Chris\Desktop\TestSheet.xls";
            Console.WriteLine(file);

            Excel.Application excel = null;
            Excel.Workbook wkb = null;

            try
            {
                excel = new Excel.Application();

                wkb = ExcelTools.OfficeUtil.OpenBook(excel, file);

                Excel.Worksheet sheet = wkb.Sheets["Data"] as Excel.Worksheet;

                Excel.Range range = null;

                if (sheet != null)
                    range = sheet.get_Range("A1", Missing.Value);

                string A1 = String.Empty;

                if( range != null )
                    A1 = range.Text.ToString();

                Console.WriteLine("A1 value: {0}", A1);

            }
            catch(Exception ex)
            {
                //if you need to handle stuff
                Console.WriteLine(ex.Message);
            }
            finally
            {
                if (wkb != null)
                    ExcelTools.OfficeUtil.ReleaseRCM(wkb);

                if (excel != null)
                    ExcelTools.OfficeUtil.ReleaseRCM(excel);
            }
        }
    }
}

I'll post the functions from ExcelTools tomorrow, I don't have that code with me either.

Edit: As promised, here are the Functions from ExcelTools you might need.

public static Excel.Workbook OpenBook(Excel.Application excelInstance, string fileName, bool readOnly, bool editable,
        bool updateLinks) {
        Excel.Workbook book = excelInstance.Workbooks.Open(
            fileName, updateLinks, readOnly,
            Type.Missing, Type.Missing, Type.Missing, Type.Missing, Type.Missing,
            Type.Missing, editable, Type.Missing, Type.Missing, Type.Missing,
            Type.Missing, Type.Missing);
        return book;
    }

public static void ReleaseRCM(object o) {
        try {
            System.Runtime.InteropServices.Marshal.ReleaseComObject(o);
        } catch {
        } finally {
            o = null;
        }
    }

To be frank, this stuff is much easier if you use VB.NET. It's in C# because I didn't write it. VB.NET does option parameters well, C# does not, hence the Type.Missing. Once you typed Type.Missing twice in a row, you run screaming from the room!

As for you question, you can try to following:

range = sheet.Cells.Find("Value to Find",
                                                 Type.Missing,
                                                 Type.Missing,
                                                 Type.Missing,
                                                 Type.Missing,
                                                 Excel.XlSearchDirection.xlNext,
                                                 Type.Missing,
                                                 Type.Missing, Type.Missing);

range.Text; //give you the value found

Here is another example inspired by this site:

range = sheet.Cells.Find("Value to find", Type.Missing, Type.Missing,Excel.XlLookAt.xlWhole,Excel.XlSearchOrder.xlByColumns,Excel.XlSearchDirection.xlNext,false, false, Type.Missing);

P.S. I'm one of those weird people who enjoys learning COM automation. All this code steamed from a tool I wrote for work which required me to process over 1000+ spreadsheets from the lab each Monday.

i want to read excel file from Listview to search email id from excel file.... i am trying to do this...but i dont know the type of encoding of excel i mean dataformates... how can i read a excel file to search email id...i dont want to use data connection

+1 excellent in depth answer. just lost all the name/date of 400+ xls files out of a recovered hdd, and this got me right back on track in an hr

why the declaration line "using ExcelTools = Ms.Office;" saying "The type or namespace name 'Ms' could not be found" ?

@Rishi the Ms.Office namespace is nothing special. It consists of a class with static methods that wraps the Open, Save, Add methods of the Interop Libraries to provide common overloads and to hide some of the Type.Missing and Missing.Value parameters required by the COM Interop Library. If you'd like me to post the code, I can

"VB.NET does option parameters well, C# does not, hence the Type.Missing."

How to read data of an Excel file using C#? - Stack Overflow

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One of the more difficult concepts to grasp about Excel VSTO programming is that you don't refer to cells like an array, Worksheet[0][0] won't give you cell A1, it will error out on you. Even when you type into A1 when Excel is open, you are actually entering data into Range A1. Therefore you refer to cells as Named Ranges. Here's an example:

Excel.Worksheet sheet = workbook.Sheets["Sheet1"] as Excel.Worksheet; 
Excel.Range range = sheet.get_Range("A1", Missing.Value)
range.Text // this will give you the text the user sees
range.Value2 // this will give you the actual value stored by Excel (without rounding)

If you want to do something like this:

Excel.Range range = sheet.get_Range("A1:A5", Missing.Value)

if (range1 != null)
     foreach (Excel.Range r in range1)
     {
         string user = r.Text
         string value = r.Value2

     }

There might be a better way, but this has worked for me.

The reason you need to use Value2 and not Value is because the Value property is a parametrized and C# doesn't support them yet.

As for the cleanup code, i will post that when i get to work tomorrow, i don't have the code with me, but it's very boilerplate. You just close and release the objects in the reverse order you created them. You can't use a Using() block because the Excel.Application or Excel.Workbook doesn't implement IDisposable, and if you don't clean-up, you will be left with a hanging Excel objects in memory.

  • If you don't set the Visibility property Excel doesn't display, which can be disconcerting to your users, but if you want to just rip the data out, that is probably good enough

I hope that gets you started, let me know if you need further clarification. I'll post a complete

using System;
using System.IO;
using System.Reflection;
using NUnit.Framework;
using ExcelTools = Ms.Office;
using Excel = Microsoft.Office.Interop.Excel;

namespace Tests
{
    [TestFixture]
    public class ExcelSingle
    {
        [Test]
        public void ProcessWorkbook()
        {
            string file = @"C:\Users\Chris\Desktop\TestSheet.xls";
            Console.WriteLine(file);

            Excel.Application excel = null;
            Excel.Workbook wkb = null;

            try
            {
                excel = new Excel.Application();

                wkb = ExcelTools.OfficeUtil.OpenBook(excel, file);

                Excel.Worksheet sheet = wkb.Sheets["Data"] as Excel.Worksheet;

                Excel.Range range = null;

                if (sheet != null)
                    range = sheet.get_Range("A1", Missing.Value);

                string A1 = String.Empty;

                if( range != null )
                    A1 = range.Text.ToString();

                Console.WriteLine("A1 value: {0}", A1);

            }
            catch(Exception ex)
            {
                //if you need to handle stuff
                Console.WriteLine(ex.Message);
            }
            finally
            {
                if (wkb != null)
                    ExcelTools.OfficeUtil.ReleaseRCM(wkb);

                if (excel != null)
                    ExcelTools.OfficeUtil.ReleaseRCM(excel);
            }
        }
    }
}

I'll post the functions from ExcelTools tomorrow, I don't have that code with me either.

Edit: As promised, here are the Functions from ExcelTools you might need.

public static Excel.Workbook OpenBook(Excel.Application excelInstance, string fileName, bool readOnly, bool editable,
        bool updateLinks) {
        Excel.Workbook book = excelInstance.Workbooks.Open(
            fileName, updateLinks, readOnly,
            Type.Missing, Type.Missing, Type.Missing, Type.Missing, Type.Missing,
            Type.Missing, editable, Type.Missing, Type.Missing, Type.Missing,
            Type.Missing, Type.Missing);
        return book;
    }

public static void ReleaseRCM(object o) {
        try {
            System.Runtime.InteropServices.Marshal.ReleaseComObject(o);
        } catch {
        } finally {
            o = null;
        }
    }

To be frank, this stuff is much easier if you use VB.NET. It's in C# because I didn't write it. VB.NET does option parameters well, C# does not, hence the Type.Missing. Once you typed Type.Missing twice in a row, you run screaming from the room!

As for you question, you can try to following:

range = sheet.Cells.Find("Value to Find",
                                                 Type.Missing,
                                                 Type.Missing,
                                                 Type.Missing,
                                                 Type.Missing,
                                                 Excel.XlSearchDirection.xlNext,
                                                 Type.Missing,
                                                 Type.Missing, Type.Missing);

range.Text; //give you the value found

Here is another example inspired by this site:

range = sheet.Cells.Find("Value to find", Type.Missing, Type.Missing,Excel.XlLookAt.xlWhole,Excel.XlSearchOrder.xlByColumns,Excel.XlSearchDirection.xlNext,false, false, Type.Missing);

P.S. I'm one of those weird people who enjoys learning COM automation. All this code steamed from a tool I wrote for work which required me to process over 1000+ spreadsheets from the lab each Monday.

i want to read excel file from Listview to search email id from excel file.... i am trying to do this...but i dont know the type of encoding of excel i mean dataformates... how can i read a excel file to search email id...i dont want to use data connection

+1 excellent in depth answer. just lost all the name/date of 400+ xls files out of a recovered hdd, and this got me right back on track in an hr

why the declaration line "using ExcelTools = Ms.Office;" saying "The type or namespace name 'Ms' could not be found" ?

@Rishi the Ms.Office namespace is nothing special. It consists of a class with static methods that wraps the Open, Save, Add methods of the Interop Libraries to provide common overloads and to hide some of the Type.Missing and Missing.Value parameters required by the COM Interop Library. If you'd like me to post the code, I can

"VB.NET does option parameters well, C# does not, hence the Type.Missing."

How to read data of an Excel file using C#? - Stack Overflow

c# excel
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One of the more difficult concepts to grasp about Excel VSTO programming is that you don't refer to cells like an array, Worksheet[0][0] won't give you cell A1, it will error out on you. Even when you type into A1 when Excel is open, you are actually entering data into Range A1. Therefore you refer to cells as Named Ranges. Here's an example:

Excel.Worksheet sheet = workbook.Sheets["Sheet1"] as Excel.Worksheet; 
Excel.Range range = sheet.get_Range("A1", Missing.Value)
range.Text // this will give you the text the user sees
range.Value2 // this will give you the actual value stored by Excel (without rounding)

If you want to do something like this:

Excel.Range range = sheet.get_Range("A1:A5", Missing.Value)

if (range1 != null)
     foreach (Excel.Range r in range1)
     {
         string user = r.Text
         string value = r.Value2

     }

There might be a better way, but this has worked for me.

The reason you need to use Value2 and not Value is because the Value property is a parametrized and C# doesn't support them yet.

As for the cleanup code, i will post that when i get to work tomorrow, i don't have the code with me, but it's very boilerplate. You just close and release the objects in the reverse order you created them. You can't use a Using() block because the Excel.Application or Excel.Workbook doesn't implement IDisposable, and if you don't clean-up, you will be left with a hanging Excel objects in memory.

  • If you don't set the Visibility property Excel doesn't display, which can be disconcerting to your users, but if you want to just rip the data out, that is probably good enough

I hope that gets you started, let me know if you need further clarification. I'll post a complete

using System;
using System.IO;
using System.Reflection;
using NUnit.Framework;
using ExcelTools = Ms.Office;
using Excel = Microsoft.Office.Interop.Excel;

namespace Tests
{
    [TestFixture]
    public class ExcelSingle
    {
        [Test]
        public void ProcessWorkbook()
        {
            string file = @"C:\Users\Chris\Desktop\TestSheet.xls";
            Console.WriteLine(file);

            Excel.Application excel = null;
            Excel.Workbook wkb = null;

            try
            {
                excel = new Excel.Application();

                wkb = ExcelTools.OfficeUtil.OpenBook(excel, file);

                Excel.Worksheet sheet = wkb.Sheets["Data"] as Excel.Worksheet;

                Excel.Range range = null;

                if (sheet != null)
                    range = sheet.get_Range("A1", Missing.Value);

                string A1 = String.Empty;

                if( range != null )
                    A1 = range.Text.ToString();

                Console.WriteLine("A1 value: {0}", A1);

            }
            catch(Exception ex)
            {
                //if you need to handle stuff
                Console.WriteLine(ex.Message);
            }
            finally
            {
                if (wkb != null)
                    ExcelTools.OfficeUtil.ReleaseRCM(wkb);

                if (excel != null)
                    ExcelTools.OfficeUtil.ReleaseRCM(excel);
            }
        }
    }
}

I'll post the functions from ExcelTools tomorrow, I don't have that code with me either.

Edit: As promised, here are the Functions from ExcelTools you might need.

public static Excel.Workbook OpenBook(Excel.Application excelInstance, string fileName, bool readOnly, bool editable,
        bool updateLinks) {
        Excel.Workbook book = excelInstance.Workbooks.Open(
            fileName, updateLinks, readOnly,
            Type.Missing, Type.Missing, Type.Missing, Type.Missing, Type.Missing,
            Type.Missing, editable, Type.Missing, Type.Missing, Type.Missing,
            Type.Missing, Type.Missing);
        return book;
    }

public static void ReleaseRCM(object o) {
        try {
            System.Runtime.InteropServices.Marshal.ReleaseComObject(o);
        } catch {
        } finally {
            o = null;
        }
    }

To be frank, this stuff is much easier if you use VB.NET. It's in C# because I didn't write it. VB.NET does option parameters well, C# does not, hence the Type.Missing. Once you typed Type.Missing twice in a row, you run screaming from the room!

As for you question, you can try to following:

range = sheet.Cells.Find("Value to Find",
                                                 Type.Missing,
                                                 Type.Missing,
                                                 Type.Missing,
                                                 Type.Missing,
                                                 Excel.XlSearchDirection.xlNext,
                                                 Type.Missing,
                                                 Type.Missing, Type.Missing);

range.Text; //give you the value found

Here is another example inspired by this site:

range = sheet.Cells.Find("Value to find", Type.Missing, Type.Missing,Excel.XlLookAt.xlWhole,Excel.XlSearchOrder.xlByColumns,Excel.XlSearchDirection.xlNext,false, false, Type.Missing);

P.S. I'm one of those weird people who enjoys learning COM automation. All this code steamed from a tool I wrote for work which required me to process over 1000+ spreadsheets from the lab each Monday.

i want to read excel file from Listview to search email id from excel file.... i am trying to do this...but i dont know the type of encoding of excel i mean dataformates... how can i read a excel file to search email id...i dont want to use data connection

+1 excellent in depth answer. just lost all the name/date of 400+ xls files out of a recovered hdd, and this got me right back on track in an hr

why the declaration line "using ExcelTools = Ms.Office;" saying "The type or namespace name 'Ms' could not be found" ?

@Rishi the Ms.Office namespace is nothing special. It consists of a class with static methods that wraps the Open, Save, Add methods of the Interop Libraries to provide common overloads and to hide some of the Type.Missing and Missing.Value parameters required by the COM Interop Library. If you'd like me to post the code, I can

"VB.NET does option parameters well, C# does not, hence the Type.Missing."

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TextFieldParser Class in Microsoft.VisualBasic.FileIO assembly is included with .NET and is very good with CSV files, IMO.

Saving to CSV will result in the file having formatted values, rather than the underlying values (for example, rounded to two decimal places when the full precision is 6). This could be a problem depending on your data needs.

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TextFieldParser Class in Microsoft.VisualBasic.FileIO assembly is included with .NET and is very good with CSV files, IMO.

Saving to CSV will result in the file having formatted values, rather than the underlying values (for example, rounded to two decimal places when the full precision is 6). This could be a problem depending on your data needs.

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Is there a reason why you can't use the Excel ODBC connection to read and write to Excel? For example, I've used the following code to read from an Excel file row by row like a database:

private DataTable LoadExcelData(string fileName)
{
  string Connection = "Provider=Microsoft.ACE.OLEDB.12.0;Data Source=" + fileName + ";Extended Properties=\"Excel 12.0;HDR=Yes;IMEX=1\";";

  OleDbConnection con = new OleDbConnection(Connection);

  OleDbCommand command = new OleDbCommand();

  DataTable dt = new DataTable(); OleDbDataAdapter myCommand = new OleDbDataAdapter("select * from [Sheet1$] WHERE LastName <> '' ORDER BY LastName, FirstName", con);

  myCommand.Fill(dt);

  Console.WriteLine(dt.Rows.Count);

  return dt;
}

You can write to the Excel "database" the same way. As you can see, you can select the version number to use so that you can downgrade Excel versions for the machine with Excel 2003. Actually, the same is true for using the Interop. You can use the lower version and it should work with Excel 2003 even though you only have the higher version on your development PC.

I know this is a rather old post, but I wanted to state as a notice that I get "out of memory" error when I try to read ~35k rows in a sheet with this method.

I am using this approach and faced the issue of having to install excel components on the deployment target. Any workarounds for that? installing access database component is not an option either.

If you don't have Excel on the deployment target, you should look at another solution to do this. Look at the accepted solution above for working with Excel without Excel being installed.

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Is there a reason why you can't use the Excel ODBC connection to read and write to Excel? For example, I've used the following code to read from an Excel file row by row like a database:

private DataTable LoadExcelData(string fileName)
{
  string Connection = "Provider=Microsoft.ACE.OLEDB.12.0;Data Source=" + fileName + ";Extended Properties=\"Excel 12.0;HDR=Yes;IMEX=1\";";

  OleDbConnection con = new OleDbConnection(Connection);

  OleDbCommand command = new OleDbCommand();

  DataTable dt = new DataTable(); OleDbDataAdapter myCommand = new OleDbDataAdapter("select * from [Sheet1$] WHERE LastName <> '' ORDER BY LastName, FirstName", con);

  myCommand.Fill(dt);

  Console.WriteLine(dt.Rows.Count);

  return dt;
}

You can write to the Excel "database" the same way. As you can see, you can select the version number to use so that you can downgrade Excel versions for the machine with Excel 2003. Actually, the same is true for using the Interop. You can use the lower version and it should work with Excel 2003 even though you only have the higher version on your development PC.

I know this is a rather old post, but I wanted to state as a notice that I get "out of memory" error when I try to read ~35k rows in a sheet with this method.

I am using this approach and faced the issue of having to install excel components on the deployment target. Any workarounds for that? installing access database component is not an option either.

If you don't have Excel on the deployment target, you should look at another solution to do this. Look at the accepted solution above for working with Excel without Excel being installed.

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We always used to use the Jet.OLEDB driver, until we started going to 64 bit applications. Microsoft has not and will not release a 64 bit Jet driver. Here's a simple solution we came up with that uses File.ReadAllLines and String.Split to read and parse the CSV file and manually load a DataTable. As noted above, it DOES NOT handle the situation where one of the column values contains a comma. We use this mostly for reading custom configuration files - the nice part about using CSV files is that we can edit them in Excel.

string CSVFilePathName = @"C:\test.csv";
string[] Lines = File.ReadAllLines(CSVFilePathName);
string[] Fields;
Fields = Lines[0].Split(new char[] { ',' });
int Cols = Fields.GetLength(0);
DataTable dt = new DataTable();
//1st row must be column names; force lower case to ensure matching later on.
for (int i = 0; i < Cols; i++)
    dt.Columns.Add(Fields[i].ToLower(), typeof(string));
DataRow Row;
for (int i = 1; i < Lines.GetLength(0); i++)
{
    Fields = Lines[i].Split(new char[] { ',' });
    Row = dt.NewRow();
    for (int f = 0; f < Cols; f++)
        Row[f] = Fields[f];
    dt.Rows.Add(Row);
}

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First of all, it's important to know what you mean by "open an Excel file for reading and copy it to clipboard..."

This is very important because there are many ways you could do that depending just on what you intend to do. Let me explain:

Another important point is in which Excel version the file is.

I have, unfortunately I say, a strong experience working with Office automation in all ways, even if bounded in concepts like Application Automation, Data Management and Plugins, and generally I suggest only as the last resort, to using Excel automation or Office automation to read data; just if there aren't better ways to accomplish that task.

Working with automation could be heavy in performance, in terms of resource cost, could involve in other issues related for example to security and more, and last but not at least, working with COM interop it's not so "free".. So my suggestion is think and analyze the situation within your needs and then take the better way.

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First of all, it's important to know what you mean by "open an Excel file for reading and copy it to clipboard..."

This is very important because there are many ways you could do that depending just on what you intend to do. Let me explain:

Another important point is in which Excel version the file is.

I have, unfortunately I say, a strong experience working with Office automation in all ways, even if bounded in concepts like Application Automation, Data Management and Plugins, and generally I suggest only as the last resort, to using Excel automation or Office automation to read data; just if there aren't better ways to accomplish that task.

Working with automation could be heavy in performance, in terms of resource cost, could involve in other issues related for example to security and more, and last but not at least, working with COM interop it's not so "free".. So my suggestion is think and analyze the situation within your needs and then take the better way.

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First of all, it's important to know what you mean by "open an Excel file for reading and copy it to clipboard..."

This is very important because there are many ways you could do that depending just on what you intend to do. Let me explain:

Another important point is in which Excel version the file is.

I have, unfortunately I say, a strong experience working with Office automation in all ways, even if bounded in concepts like Application Automation, Data Management and Plugins, and generally I suggest only as the last resort, to using Excel automation or Office automation to read data; just if there aren't better ways to accomplish that task.

Working with automation could be heavy in performance, in terms of resource cost, could involve in other issues related for example to security and more, and last but not at least, working with COM interop it's not so "free".. So my suggestion is think and analyze the situation within your needs and then take the better way.

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How do you read the binary data of an excel file (.xls) using .NET There are a number of ways, the excel file format has changed a few times so reading the files natively is hard work and version dependent, it's usually not recommended. For reading tabular data most people choose ADO.NET, but as you allude, if you need any formatting or discovery then MS would recommend COM Interop.

If I use COM interop and run Excel in the background, is it possible to inject it with binary data in byte[] array form

The excel COM object model does allow you to bulk set data to a Range object you set it with a 2 dimensional object array (object[,])

or do I have to save the file to disk and then automate the process of opening it and scanning each row?

No, you can interact with the "out of process" COM server (Excel) without having to save first, you can set your data, format it etc in memory.

Isn't there an easier way to do it? Yes there is, checkout Spreadsheet Gear their object model is nearly identical to the com model, however you do not need Excel involved at all, it is also an order of magnitude faster working with large data. Its not cheap ($1000 bucks last time I checked) but will save you way more than that in coding effort. (I am not affiliated with Spreadsheet gear in any way)

"The excel COM object model does allow you to bulk set data to a Range object you set it with a 2 dimensional object array (object[,])" The problem is that I have an array of bytes. bytes and bytes of excel data that only excel or expensive APIs can make sense of. To reiterate what the problem is, I have 'excel data' that i am trying to read. That data is in the form of a byte array. Part of my job is to decode that byte array into something that human can read.

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If you want to read using OleDB, then you have to write the bytes to disk. For example, you could do this:

var filename = System.IO.Path.GetTempFileName();

// Assuming that fileBytes is a byte[] containing what you read from your database        
System.IO.File.WriteAllBytes(filename, fileBytes);
var connection = @"Provider=Microsoft.ACE.OLEDB.12.0;Data Source=" + filename + ";Extended Properties=\"Excel 12.0;HDR=YES\"";

// Do your work on excel
using (System.Data.OleDb.OleDbConnection conn = new System.Data.OleDb.OleDbConnection(connection))
{
    conn.Open();
    using (var cmd = conn.CreateCommand())
    {
        cmd.CommandText = "SELECT * FROM [Sheet1$]";

        using (var rdr = cmd.ExecuteReader())
        {
            while (rdr.Read())
            {
                System.Diagnostics.Debug.WriteLine(rdr["ColumnName"]);
            }
        }
    }
    conn.Close();
}

//Cleanup
System.IO.File.Delete(filename);

If you don't want to write the file to disk, you could look into using a third party library that can read excel files from a memory stream. Tools like SpreadsheetGear or Aspose are commercial tools that can accomplish this.

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using System.Data.OleDb;



                string physicalPath = "Your Excel file physical path";
                OleDbCommand cmd = new OleDbCommand();
                OleDbDataAdapter da = new OleDbDataAdapter();
                DataSet ds = new DataSet();
                String strNewPath = physicalPath;
                String connString = "Provider=Microsoft.ACE.OLEDB.12.0;Data Source=" + strNewPath + ";Extended Properties=\"Excel 12.0;HDR=Yes;IMEX=2\"";
                String query = "SELECT * FROM [Sheet1$]"; // You can use any different queries to get the data from the excel sheet
                OleDbConnection conn = new OleDbConnection(connString);
                if (conn.State == ConnectionState.Closed) conn.Open();
                try
                {
                    cmd = new OleDbCommand(query, conn);
                    da = new OleDbDataAdapter(cmd);
                    da.Fill(ds);

                }
                catch
                {
                    // Exception Msg 

                }
                finally
                {
                    da.Dispose();
                    conn.Close();
                }

The Output data will be stored in dataset, using the dataset object you can easily access the datas. Hope this may helpful

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using System.Data.OleDb;



                string physicalPath = "Your Excel file physical path";
                OleDbCommand cmd = new OleDbCommand();
                OleDbDataAdapter da = new OleDbDataAdapter();
                DataSet ds = new DataSet();
                String strNewPath = physicalPath;
                String connString = "Provider=Microsoft.ACE.OLEDB.12.0;Data Source=" + strNewPath + ";Extended Properties=\"Excel 12.0;HDR=Yes;IMEX=2\"";
                String query = "SELECT * FROM [Sheet1$]"; // You can use any different queries to get the data from the excel sheet
                OleDbConnection conn = new OleDbConnection(connString);
                if (conn.State == ConnectionState.Closed) conn.Open();
                try
                {
                    cmd = new OleDbCommand(query, conn);
                    da = new OleDbDataAdapter(cmd);
                    da.Fill(ds);

                }
                catch
                {
                    // Exception Msg 

                }
                finally
                {
                    da.Dispose();
                    conn.Close();
                }

The Output data will be stored in dataset, using the dataset object you can easily access the datas. Hope this may helpful

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