How & where to use Repeater control?

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To list small collection of records on the page with custom layout, we can use asp:Repeater control. This article explains how to use asp:Repeater control.


Repeater control is a data-bound control that provides us maximum amount of flexibility in terms of layout in rendering the collection of records. As the name would suggest, this control is meant for displaying /repeating the similar kind of data again and again. This is quite powerful control but not very widely used and the probable reasons could be (i) there is more work to do for developer in this case compared to other list controls. (ii) For many scenarios, other controls would be preferable because of re-usability, customizability etc

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In the previous article, we learnt about How to paginate records in DetailsView?. In this article, we shall learn how list small collection of records on the page with custom layout using asp:Repeater control.


<asp:Repeater ID="Repeater1" runat="server" EnableViewState="false">


<div style="border:2px dotted #c0c0c0;padding:10px;margin:10px;">

<b><%# Eval("FirstName") + " " + Eval("LastName") %></b><br />

Age: <%# Eval("Age") %><br />

Number : <%# Eval("AutoId") %><br />

Is Active : <%# Eval("Active") %>





In the above code snippet, on the .aspx page we have a asp:Repeater control where we have

defineid our data layout in the ItemTemplate and separator layout in SeparatorTemplate.

ItemTemplate is used to define the data template in which the records displays.

SeparatorTemplate is used to define the separator template that appears as a separator after each record.

AlternateItemTemplate is used to define the data template layout for every alternate record.


string _connStr = ConfigurationManager.ConnectionStrings["ConnStr"].ConnectionString;


protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)


if (!IsPostBack)






private void GetData()


DataTable table = new DataTable();

// get the connection

using (SqlConnection conn = new SqlConnection(_connStr))


// write the sql statement to execute

string sql = "SELECT AutoId, FirstName, LastName, Age, Active FROM PersonalDetail ORDER By AutoId";

// instantiate the command object to fire

using (SqlCommand cmd = new SqlCommand(sql, conn))


// get the adapter object and attach the command object to it

using (SqlDataAdapter ad = new SqlDataAdapter(cmd))


// fire Fill method to fetch the data and fill into DataTable





Repeater1.DataSource = table;




The code behind use ADO.NET to retrieve the data from the database and sets the data source of the Repeater control. When we run the page, my output looks something similar to below picture.


Hope this article was useful. Thanks for reading.

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