In this article I will explain with an example, how to use DataSets and DataTables in ASP.Net MVC Razor.
Though it is not a good practice to use DataSets and DataTables as Model in MVC architecture, hence user’s please make a note that this is just an informative article and does not recommend to use DataSets and DataTables in ASP.Net MVC Razor.
I have made use of the following table Customers with the schema as follows. CustomerId is an Auto-Increment (Identity) column.
I have already inserted few records in the table.
Note: You can download the database table SQL by clicking the download link below.
You will need to import the following namespaces.
The Controller consists of the Index Action method. Inside this Action method, the records are fetched from the Customers Table using ADO.Net .
The records are inserted into a DataSet using SqlDataAdapter class object. Finally the DataSet is returned to the View.
public class HomeController : Controller
// GET: Home
public ActionResult Index()
DataSet ds = new DataSet();
string constr = ConfigurationManager.ConnectionStrings["ConString"].ConnectionString;
using (SqlConnection con = new SqlConnection(constr))
string query = "SELECT * FROM Customers";
using (SqlCommand cmd = new SqlCommand(query))
cmd.Connection = con;
using (SqlDataAdapter sda = new SqlDataAdapter(cmd))
Inside the View, the DataSet class is declared as Model for the View. For displaying the records, an HTML Table is used. A loop will be executed over the rows of the DataTable which will generate the HTML Table rows with the Customer records.
Layout = null;
<meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width"/>
<table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0">
@foreach (DataRow row in Model.Tables.Rows)