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Get Distinct from DataTable

Posted by Navi's on May 6, 2011

Most of the time we require to get Distinct data from DataTable. But there is no method in existing Framework. So, If you want to select distinct data for selected columns you can use bellow code snippets

private DataTable SelectDistinct(DataTable SourceTable, params string[] FieldNames)
     object[] lastValues;
     DataTable newTable;
     DataRow[] orderedRows;

     if (FieldNames == null || FieldNames.Length == 0)
          throw new ArgumentNullException("FieldNames");

     lastValues = new object[FieldNames.Length];
     newTable = new DataTable();

     foreach (string fieldName in FieldNames)
          newTable.Columns.Add(fieldName, SourceTable.Columns[fieldName].DataType);

     orderedRows = SourceTable.Select("", string.Join(", ", FieldNames));

     foreach (DataRow row in orderedRows)
          if (!fieldValuesAreEqual(lastValues, row, FieldNames))
               newTable.Rows.Add(createRowClone(row, newTable.NewRow(), FieldNames));

               setLastValues(lastValues, row, FieldNames);

     return newTable;

private bool fieldValuesAreEqual(object[] lastValues, DataRow currentRow, string[] fieldNames)
     bool areEqual = true;

     for (int i = 0; i < fieldNames.Length; i++)
          if (lastValues[i] == null || !lastValues[i].Equals(currentRow[fieldNames[i]]))
               areEqual = false;

     return areEqual;

private DataRow createRowClone(DataRow sourceRow, DataRow newRow, string[] fieldNames)
     foreach (string field in fieldNames)
          newRow[field] = sourceRow[field];

     return newRow;

private void setLastValues(object[] lastValues, DataRow sourceRow, string[] fieldNames)
     for (int i = 0; i < fieldNames.Length; i++)
          lastValues[i] = sourceRow[fieldNames[i]];

How to use? It’s very simple…

You have to just pass the DataTable in SelectDistinct function and array of selected columns that you want to get in new datatable.

string[] arr1 = { "Column1", "Column2", "Column3" }; 

DataTable dt=SelectDistinct(dtExisting,arr1);


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