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Sorting Gridview (Get it working quick!)

There are lots of references out there for getting a sortable gridview up, however I feel each of them are missing certain bits of information which make them incomplete. I ended up having to use three different references before I could get mine working!

Firstly, the stuff you are here for, the complete code to get a sortable gridview up and working! Below the code are the details you may/may not want to be bothered with.

.aspx.cs file

using System;
using System.Configuration;
using System.Data;
using System.Web;
using System.Web.Security;
using System.Web.UI;
using System.Web.UI.HtmlControls;
using System.Web.UI.WebControls;
using System.Web.UI.WebControls.WebParts;
using System.Data.SqlClient;

public partial class _Default : System.Web.UI.Page
private string _connectionString;
private SqlConnection _conn;
private const string ASCENDING = " ASC";
private const string DESCENDING = " DESC";

protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
if (!IsPostBack)
gvSortable.DataSource = getData();

private DataSet getData()
_connectionString = ConfigurationManager.ConnectionStrings["LocalSqlServer"].ConnectionString;
_conn = new SqlConnection(_connectionString);
SqlDataAdapter ad = new SqlDataAdapter("SELECT * FROM tbl_user", _conn);

DataSet ds = new DataSet();
return ds;

public SortDirection GridViewSortDirection
if (ViewState["sortDirection"] == null)
ViewState["sortDirection"] = SortDirection.Ascending;

return (SortDirection)ViewState["sortDirection"];
set { ViewState["sortDirection"] = value; }

protected void sortGv(object sender, GridViewSortEventArgs e)
string sortExpression = e.SortExpression;

if (GridViewSortDirection == SortDirection.Ascending)
GridViewSortDirection = SortDirection.Descending;
SortGridView(sortExpression, DESCENDING);
GridViewSortDirection = SortDirection.Ascending;
SortGridView(sortExpression, ASCENDING);

private void SortGridView(string sortExpression, string direction)
DataTable dt = getData().Tables[0];
DataView dv = new DataView(dt);

dv.Sort = sortExpression + direction;
gvSortable.DataSource = dv;

.aspx file

<%@ Page Language="C#" AutoEventWireup="true" CodeFile="Default.aspx.cs" Inherits="_Default" %>

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "">

<html xmlns="">
<head runat="server">
<title>Sorting Gridview</title>
<form id="form1" runat="server">

<asp:GridView ID="gvSortable" runat="server" Width="100"
AllowSorting="true" OnSorting="sortGv">
<asp:boundfield DataField="user_id" HeaderText="Id" SortExpression="user_id" />
<asp:boundfield DataField="name" HeaderText="Name" SortExpression="name" />
<asp:boundfield DataField="age" HeaderText="Age" SortExpression="age" />



Add into the webconfig

<remove name="LocalSqlServer"/>
<add name="LocalSqlServer" connectionString="Data Source=YOUR_SERVER_URL_HERE;Initial Catalog=YOUR_DB_NAME;Persist Security Info=True;User ID=YOUR_USER_NAME;Password=YOUR_PASSWORD;" providerName="System.Data.SqlClient"/>

If you stick all of this code into your project and have a table (tbl_user) with user_id (int), name (varchar) and age (int) then your gridview will be up and working already!

You can choose to divert from the above and go with different options, but for seeing it working the code above is all that you need.

I’m going to revisit this post later to add in some options and comments however for now I have to go finish the project that I needed this sortable gridview for in the first place!