Download an XML file from the cell click event of DataGridView

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In this article we will look into as how we can download an XML file from the cell click event of DataGridView.We will prepare the xml file on the fly.

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In this article we will look into as how we can download an XML file from the cell click event of DataGridView.We will prepare the xml file on the fly.

Straight to Experiment

First of all let us create an UI by dragging only a "DataGridViewControl" on to the form layout

Next in the code behind create a class as under

public class FileInformation        
	public string FileName { get; set; }
	public string Download { get { return "Download File"; } }        

This class holds the information about "FileName" and the "Download" link

Next let us write the code that will give a good look and fell to our grid

private void PrepareGrid()

	var fileNameColumn = new DataGridViewTextBoxColumn
		Name = @"FileName",
		HeaderText = "File Name",
		DataPropertyName = @"FileName",
		AutoSizeMode = DataGridViewAutoSizeColumnMode.Fill,
		ReadOnly = false,
		Frozen = false

	var downloadColumn = new DataGridViewLinkColumn

		Name = @"Download",
		HeaderText = @"Download",
		DataPropertyName = @"Download",
		AutoSizeMode = DataGridViewAutoSizeColumnMode.Fill,
		ReadOnly = true
	this.dataGridView1.AllowUserToAddRows = false;
	this.dataGridView1.AllowUserToDeleteRows = false;
	this.dataGridView1.AllowUserToResizeRows = false;
	this.dataGridView1.RowHeadersVisible = false;
	this.dataGridView1.MultiSelect = false;
	this.dataGridView1.SelectionMode = DataGridViewSelectionMode.RowHeaderSelect;
	this.dataGridView1.AutoGenerateColumns = false; 

In the "PrepareGrid()" method, we are giving mainly a Name, HeaderText and DataPropertyName to the columns that should participate in the DataGridViewControl.

Once done, the next task is to populate teh grid content

private void DisplayResult()
	lstScriptInfo = LoadItems();
	dataGridView1.DataSource = lstScriptInfo;

private List LoadItems()
	var lstScriptInfo = new List();
	for (int i = 1; i <= 5; i++)
		lstScriptInfo.Add(new FileInformation { FileName = "File" + i.ToString() + ".txt" });
	return lstScriptInfo;

The code is preety straight forward.We are preparing a list of 5 items and binding the same to the grid

Next write the code in the Cell click event of the DataGridViewControl

void dataGridView1_CellClick(object sender, DataGridViewCellEventArgs e)
	if (e.RowIndex == -1) return;     // for header row        

	if (e.ColumnIndex == 1)
		DownloadFile(lstScriptInfo[e.RowIndex]);   // for the download row        

The "DownloadFile()" method is as under

private void DownloadFile(FileInformation fileInformation)
	List<string> warnings = WarningsList();
	List<string> remarks = RemarksList();

	string fileName = fileInformation.FileName;
	string fileNameWithoutExtension = Path.GetFileNameWithoutExtension(fileName);
	FileInfo fileInfo = new FileInfo(fileName);
	string fileExtension = ".xml";
	//prepare the xml document
	var xDoc = PrepareTheDocument(fileName, warnings, remarks);
	//show save as dialog
	using (SaveFileDialog saveFileDialog1 = new SaveFileDialog())
		//Set Save dialog properties
		saveFileDialog1.Filter = "Files (*" + fileExtension + ")|*" + fileExtension;
		saveFileDialog1.Title = "Save File as";
		saveFileDialog1.CheckPathExists = true;
		saveFileDialog1.FileName = fileNameWithoutExtension + fileExtension;

		if (saveFileDialog1.ShowDialog() == DialogResult.OK)
			MessageBox.Show("File Saved successfully", "FileSaved");

The code is simple.We are preparing the XML document on the fly and then creating an instance of the save dialog where we are saving the xml file based on the path choosen by user.

The XML file is created as under

private static XDocument PrepareTheDocument(string fileName, List<string> warnings, List<string> remarks)
		new XDocument(
		new XElement("scriptfilenames",
			new XElement("SqlEye",
				new XElement("scriptfilename", new XAttribute("fileName", fileName),
					new XElement("warnings",
					warnings.Select(x => new XElement("warning", new XAttribute("value", x)))),
					new XElement("remarks",
					remarks.Select(x => new XElement("remark", new XAttribute("value", x))))

The final output of a downloaded file is as under


Hope this article has given an idea of how to download an XML file from the cell click event of DataGridView.Thanks for reading the article.Zipped file is attached.

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