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C# - Convert Datatable to JSON String in C#, VB.NET

May 13, 2013

Here I will explain how to convert datatable to JSON string in C#, VB.NET or How to get JSON string from Datatable in in C#VB.NET


To convert datatable to JSON string we need to write the code like as shown below

C# Code

// This method is used to convert datatable to json string
public string ConvertDataTabletoString()
DataTable dt = new DataTable();
using (SqlConnection con = new SqlConnection("Data Source=SureshDasari;Initial Catalog=master;Integrated Security=true"))
using (SqlCommand cmd = new SqlCommand("select title=City,lat=latitude,lng=longitude,description from LocationDetails", con))
SqlDataAdapter da = new SqlDataAdapter(cmd);
System.Web.Script.Serialization.JavaScriptSerializer serializer = new System.Web.Script.Serialization.JavaScriptSerializer();
List<Dictionary<string, object>> rows = new List<Dictionary<string, object>>();
Dictionary<string, object> row;
foreach (DataRow dr in dt.Rows)
row = new Dictionary<string, object>();
foreach (DataColumn col in dt.Columns)
row.Add(col.ColumnName, dr[col]);
return serializer.Serialize(rows);

' This method is used to convert datatable to json string
Public Function ConvertDataTabletoString() As String
Dim dt As New DataTable()
Using con As New SqlConnection("Data Source=SureshDasari;Initial Catalog=master;Integrated Security=true")
Using cmd As New SqlCommand("select title=City,lat=latitude,lng=longitude,description from LocationDetails", con)
Dim da As New SqlDataAdapter(cmd)
Dim serializer As New System.Web.Script.Serialization.JavaScriptSerializer()
Dim rows As New List(Of Dictionary(Of String, Object))()
Dim row As Dictionary(Of String, Object)
For Each dr As DataRow In dt.Rows
row = New Dictionary(Of String, Object)()
For Each col As DataColumn In dt.Columns
row.Add(col.ColumnName, dr(col))
Return serializer.Serialize(rows)
End Using
End Using
End Function

If want to see above code in complete example check below link

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Anonymous said...

Hello, My name is Leo.
I am new in WCF. Can you give me Example :
For Service :
- Convert Data table to Json and publish in IIS using database.

For client :
- Consume JSON and put in the Gridview or Dropdown.
Can you write in VB cause i am not familiar in C#.
you can send the .zip examples to my email

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the great code. I am trying to insert a WHERE clause in my SQL query, but it throws an error:Data type mismatch in criteria expression.
Any simple fixes or work arounds?

Thanks again.

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much for the code. I tried your code but I am getting the following error in this line

return serializer.Serialize(rows);

error says: "Cannot Implicitly convert type string to string[]"

Sagar Rao said...

Worked for me!

Anonymous said...

Gracias por la ayuda, serializacion rapida y transparente.
Atte pakirri - Peru

Unknown said...

My json string is not perfect. At every string value it insert \. Like \"CountryId\": 12.
How can i remove it?

Anonymous said...

Is it converting special characters also? Please clear my doubt.

Unknown said...

it will be very help full.

Unknown said...

I try but screen white. please, help me

Unknown said...

Thank you very much it worked for me

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