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Datatable to Generic collection and vice versa

Posted by Navi's on January 13, 2011

Most of the time we need to convert Generic Collection(GC) to DataTable(DT) and Data Table(DT) to Generic Collection(GC). For that bellow two functions are very helpfull to Convert Generic Function(GC) to DataTable(DT) and vice versa.

To convert DataTable(DT) to Generic Collection(GC) you can use bellow code snippet

Pass the DataTable(DT) object to bellow function and it will return you the Generic Collection(GC) of given type.

 public static List<T> ConvertTo<T>(DataTable table)
            List<T> list = new List<T>();
            if (table == null)
                return null;

            List<DataRow> rows = new List<DataRow>();

            foreach (DataRow row in table.Rows)
                T item = CreateItem<T>(row);

            return list;
 public static T CreateItem<T>(DataRow row)
            Type objType = typeof(T);
            T obj = Activator.CreateInstance<T>();
            if (row != null)
                foreach (DataColumn column in row.Table.Columns)
                    PropertyInfo prop = objType.GetProperty(column.ColumnName, BindingFlags.Public | BindingFlags.Instance | BindingFlags.IgnoreCase);
                    object value = row[column.ColumnName];
                    if (value.Equals(DBNull.Value))
                        value = null;

                      prop.SetValue(obj, Convert.ChangeType(value, Nullable.GetUnderlyingType(prop.PropertyType) ?? prop.PropertyType), null);

            return obj;

To convert Generic Collection(GC) to DataTable(DT) you can use bellow code snippet.

Pass the List object in bellow function and it will return DataTable(DT).

        public static DataTable ListToDataTable<T>(List<T> list)
            DataTable dt = new DataTable();

            foreach (PropertyInfo info in typeof(T).GetProperties())
                dt.Columns.Add(new DataColumn(info.Name, Nullable.GetUnderlyingType(info.PropertyType) ?? info.PropertyType));
            foreach (T t in list)
                DataRow row = dt.NewRow();
                foreach (PropertyInfo info in typeof(T).GetProperties())
                    row[info.Name] = info.GetValue(t, null) != null ? info.GetValue(t, null) : DBNull.Value;
            return dt;



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