Reading Excel files from C#


Is there a free or open source library to read Excel files (.xls) directly from a C# program?

It does not need to be too fancy, just to select a worksheet and read the data as strings. So far, I've been using Export to Unicode text function of Excel, and parsing the resulting (tab-delimited) file, but I'd like to eliminate the manual step.

By : dbkk


I want to show a simple method to read xls/xlsx file with .NET. I hope that the following will be helpful for you.

 private DataTable ReadExcelToTable(string path)    

     //Connection String

     string connstring = "Provider=Microsoft.ACE.OLEDB.12.0;Data Source=" + path + ";Extended Properties='Excel 8.0;HDR=NO;IMEX=1';";  
     //the same name 
     //string connstring = Provider=Microsoft.JET.OLEDB.4.0;Data Source=" + path + //";Extended Properties='Excel 8.0;HDR=NO;IMEX=1';"; 

     using(OleDbConnection conn = new OleDbConnection(connstring))
        //Get All Sheets Name
        DataTable sheetsName = conn.GetOleDbSchemaTable(OleDbSchemaGuid.Tables,new object[]{null,null,null,"Table"});  

        //Get the First Sheet Name
        string firstSheetName = sheetsName.Rows[0][2].ToString(); 

        //Query String 
        string sql = string.Format("SELECT * FROM [{0}]",firstSheetName); 
        OleDbDataAdapter ada =new OleDbDataAdapter(sql,connstring);
        DataSet set = new DataSet();
        return set.Tables[0];   

Code is from article: You can get more details from it.

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By : Balena

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