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How to Export Datatable to Excel in VB.NET

Updated March 29, 2023
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DataTables handle large data sets with sorting, filtering, and search options. They can be exported to Excel for visual presentations, like charts and graphs, for richer data insight. HTML tables can also be converted to Excel workbooks.

1. IronXL

IronXL is a powerful library designed to facilitate the creation, reading, and manipulation of Excel files in VB.NET applications. With IronXL, developers can quickly and easily incorporate Excel worksheet functionality into their applications without requiring any specialized knowledge or expertise in Excel sheets. The library provides a range of features for working with Excel files, including the ability to read and write data, format cells, create charts and graphs, and much more. IronXL supports both XLS and XLSX file formats and can be used with a variety of Excel versions. Using IronXL you can also add column headers in .NET code.

2. Prerequisites

To successfully write code using IronXL in VB.NET, several prerequisites must be in place:

  1. Visual Studio must be installed on your system to create a VB.NET project. If you don't have Visual Studio, you can download it from the Microsoft website.
  2. The .NET Framework must be installed on your system, and IronXL requires version 4.0 or later to function correctly.
  3. You need to install the IronXL library to use it in your VB.NET project.

Ensuring that these prerequisites are met will enable you to write code successfully using IronXL in VB.NET.

3. Create a VB.NET Project in Visual Studio

To create VB.NET in Visual Studio, here are the following steps to create a VB.NET project in Visual Studio:

  1. Open Visual Studio.
  2. Click on "Create a new project" on the start page, or go to "File" > "New" > "Project".
  3. In the "New Project" dialog box, select "Visual Basic" in the left pane.
  4. Choose the type of project you want to create, such as "Windows Forms App" or "Console App". This tutorial will use a Console App.

    How to Export Datatable to Excel in VB.NET, Figure 1: Create a new project in Visual Studio Create a new project in Visual Studio

  5. Enter a name for your project and choose a location to save it.

    How to Export Datatable to Excel in VB.NET, Figure 2: Configure your project Configure your project

  6. Then select the .NET Core version and click on "Create".

    How to Export Datatable to Excel in VB.NET, Figure 3: .NET Framework selection .NET Framework selection

  7. Visual Studio will create a new project with some default files and folders.

You are now ready to start writing your VB.NET code in Visual Studio.

4. Install IronXL

The IronXL Library can be downloaded and installed in different ways.

These are:

  • Using Visual Studio NuGet packages
  • Using the Visual Studio Command Line.

4.1 Using Visual Studio

To install the IronXL library, the first approach is to use the NuGet Package Manager in Visual Studio. Simply open the NuGet Package Manager and search for IronXL in the Browse tab. Once you have located IronXL in the search results, select it and proceed with the installation.

The below screenshot shows an example of how to navigate to the NuGet Package Manager in Visual Studio.

How to Export Datatable to Excel in VB.NET, Figure 4: Navigate to the NuGet Package Manager Navigate to the NuGet Package Manager

IronXL in search results:

How to Export Datatable to Excel in VB.NET, Figure 5: Search and install the IronXL package in NuGet Package Manager UI Search and install the IronXL package in NuGet Package Manager UI

4.2 Using the Visual Studio Command-Line

Many people prefer to install packages using the command line interface. To install IronXL using the command line, follow these steps:

  • In Visual Studio, go to Tools > NuGet Package Manager > Package Manager Console.
  • Enter the following line in the Package Manager Console tab: Install-Package IronXL.Excel

Now the package will download/install to the current project and be ready to use.

How to Export Datatable to Excel in VB.NET, Figure 6: Install IronXL package in Package Manager Console 6

5. Export DataTable to Excel File using IronXL

The process of exporting a DataTable to an Excel file is a common task in data processing, and IronXL makes it easy to accomplish this in VB.NET. First, you need to create a new DataTable with the data you want to export. Then, you can use IronXL's Workbook object to create a new Excel workbook and add a worksheet to it. After that, you can populate the worksheet with the DataTable columns data using IronXL's Range object.

5.1. DataTable To XLS files

Exporting a DataTable object to an XLS file allows you to save the table data in a format that is easily readable and shareable with others while preserving the structure and formatting of the original data.

The following code snippet shows how you can create DataTable rows and convert them into an Excel file.

Imports IronXL
Imports System
Imports System.Data

Module Program
Sub Main(args       As String())
    Dim table       As New DataTable()
    table.Columns.Add("DataSet_Daily_ Household", GetType(String))
    table.Rows.Add("Glass")
    table.Rows.Add("Plates")
    table.Rows.Add("Match Sticks")
    table.Rows.Add("leather")
    table.Rows.Add("Soap")
    table.Rows.Add("Brush")
    table.Rows.Add("Comb")
    table.Rows.Add("Wires")
    table.Rows.Add("Pins")
    table.Rows.Add("And Many More")
    Dim dt          As WorkBook = WorkBook.Create(ExcelFileFormat.XLS)
    Dim dc          As WorkSheet = wb.DefaultWorkSheet
    Dim rowCount    As Integer = 1
    For Each row    As DataRow In table.Rows
        dc("A" & (rowCount)).Value = row(0).ToString()
        rowCount += 1
    Next row
    dt.SaveAs("sample.xls")
End Sub
End Module
Imports IronXL
Imports System
Imports System.Data

Module Program
Sub Main(args       As String())
    Dim table       As New DataTable()
    table.Columns.Add("DataSet_Daily_ Household", GetType(String))
    table.Rows.Add("Glass")
    table.Rows.Add("Plates")
    table.Rows.Add("Match Sticks")
    table.Rows.Add("leather")
    table.Rows.Add("Soap")
    table.Rows.Add("Brush")
    table.Rows.Add("Comb")
    table.Rows.Add("Wires")
    table.Rows.Add("Pins")
    table.Rows.Add("And Many More")
    Dim dt          As WorkBook = WorkBook.Create(ExcelFileFormat.XLS)
    Dim dc          As WorkSheet = wb.DefaultWorkSheet
    Dim rowCount    As Integer = 1
    For Each row    As DataRow In table.Rows
        dc("A" & (rowCount)).Value = row(0).ToString()
        rowCount += 1
    Next row
    dt.SaveAs("sample.xls")
End Sub
End Module
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How to Export Datatable to Excel in VB.NET, Figure 7: The Excel file generated from the code snippet above The Excel file generated from the code snippet above

5.2. DataTable To XLSX files

Similarly, for converting DataTable rows and columns in XLSX file format, just change one line of code in the above example.

Just replace this line of code.

wb.SaveAs("sample.xls")
wb.SaveAs("sample.xls")
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With this, you are all done.

wb.SaveAs("sample.xlsx")
wb.SaveAs("sample.xlsx")
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5.3. DataTable To CSV file

You can also convert DataTable rows and columns in CSV file format just by Changing one line of code in the above example from SaveAs to SaveAsCsv.

Just replace this line of code.

wb.SaveAs("sample.xls")
wb.SaveAs("sample.xls")
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With this, you are all done.

wb.SaveAsCsv("sample.csv")
wb.SaveAsCsv("sample.csv")
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How to Export Datatable to Excel in VB.NET, Figure 8: The CSV file generated from the code above The CSV file generated from the code above

6. Conclusion

Exporting a DataTable to an Excel file in VB.NET is a common requirement in data processing and analysis. The IronXL library provides developers with a powerful tool to facilitate the creation, reading, and manipulation of Excel files in VB.NET applications, including the ability to export DataTables to Excel files. By exporting DataTables to Excel files, users can leverage the powerful features provided by Excel, such as charts, graphs, and pivot tables, to present data in a visually appealing and organized manner. To use IronXL, you need to ensure that you have met the prerequisites, such as having Visual Studio and the .NET Framework installed and installing the IronXL library. Finally, this tutorial demonstrated how to export DataTables to Excel files in both XLS and CSV file formats using IronXL.

To learn more about exporting DataTables to Excel files using IronXL, please visit this provided tutorial.

Furthermore, users can utilize Iron Suite, a bundle of five high-quality ASP.NET Core libraries that include IronXL, IronPDF, and other components.

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