A Nested-GridView is a GridView control inside the grid row of the parent GridView control.


  • <asp:GridView ID=“gvParent” runat=“server”></asp:GridView>
  • <asp:GridView ID=“gvChild” runat=“server”></asp:GridView>


gvParent It is a parent gridview control which contains a child gridview like gvChild control and other controls in gridview row like Labels, Buttons etc.
gvChild It is a child gridview control that can also contain some other controls like in parent gridview. It will be nested in gvParent gridview control.

Parent gridview can be bind using a simple DataBind function like gvParent.DataBind();. And for binding Child gridview, you have to bind it in OnRowDataBound event of parent gridview.

Binding Nested-GridView with DataSource e.g. DataTable

  1. Design of Nested-GridView (HTML Code):

    <asp:GridView ID=“gvParent” runat=“server” AutoGenerateColumns=“false” OnRowDataBound=“gvParent_RowDataBound”> <asp:TemplateField HeaderText=“Parent Column”> <asp:Label ID=“lblParent” runat=“server” Text=’<% #Bind(“parent”) %>’></asp:Label> <asp:GridView ID=“gvChild” AutoGenerateColumns=“false” runat=“server”> <asp:TemplateField HeaderText=“Child Column”> <asp:Label ID=“lblChild” runat=“server” Text=’<% #Bind(“child”) %>’></asp:Label> </asp:TemplateField> </asp:GridView> </asp:TemplateField> </asp:GridView>

  2. Binding parent GridView in Page_Load event:

    DataTable cgv = new DataTable(); // define temporary a datatable for accessing in rowdatabound event protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e) { if (!IsPostBack) { // Create a datatable as a DataSource of your GridViews DataTable dtParent = new DataTable(); // parent gridview datasource DataTable dtChild = new DataTable(); // child gridview datasource

         // Add column(s) in datatables and their names and data types
         dtParent.Columns.Add(new DataColumn("parent", typeof(string))); // parent column
         dtChild.Columns.Add(new DataColumn("child", typeof(string))); // child column
         // Add two records in parent datatable
         for (int i = 0; i < 2; i++)
             dtParent.Rows.Add("Parent" + i);
         // Add three records in child datatable
         for (int i = 0; i < 3; i++)
             dtChild.Rows.Add("Child" + i);
         cgv = dtChild; // set child datatable to temprary datatable
         gvParent.DataSource = dtParent; // set your parent datatable to parent gridview as datasource
         gvParent.DataBind(); // bind the gridview with datasource


  3. Binding Child GridView in OrRowDataBound event of parent GridView.

    protected void gvParent_RowDataBound(object sender, GridViewRowEventArgs e) { if (e.Row.RowType == DataControlRowType.DataRow) { // find all child gridviews from parent GridView gvChild = ((GridView)e.Row.FindControl(“gvChild”));

         gvChild.DataSource = cgv; // set your child datatable to parent gridview as datasource
         gvChild.DataBind(); // bind the gridview with datasource


After binding Nested-GridView looks like:

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