How to bind DropDownList using XmlDataSource in ASP.NET

The XmlDataSource Control

The XmlDataSource control allows a data bound control to bind the data from a XML document. This control also supports XPath expressions that allows to return only certain nodes from the XML document.

Public Properties of XmlDataSource class

DataFile : Specifies the file name of an XML file that the data source binds to.

Advantage of XML File  

  • Its a Text file.
  • Use for carry data.
  • Build hierarchy of user defined tags. 
  • Best use in transformation.

The DropDownList Control

The DropDownList control displays the list of data as a drop-down list from which you can make a single selection. The DropDownList control exists within the System.Web.UI.WebControls namespace. You cannot select multiple items in this control because when you make a selection from the list, the list closes automatically.
The DropDownList control has no non-inherited methods or events. This class inherited the ListControl class.

Public Properties of DropDownList Class

SelectedIndex : Obtains or sets the index of the selected item in the control.

Application of DropDownList Control

  • In Registration page where you can select your country in given DropDownList.
  • In management project where you can select single option in given options.
Source :

Lets take simple example

<%@ Page Language="C#" %>

<!DOCTYPE html>

<script runat="server">

    protected void DropDownList1_SelectedIndexChanged(object sender, EventArgs e)
        Label1.Text = "Your Selected Url is <br/>" + DropDownList1.SelectedValue;

<html xmlns="">
<head runat="server">
    <form id="form1" runat="server">
        <asp:DropDownList ID="DropDownList1" runat="server" AutoPostBack="True" DataSourceID="XmlDataSource1" DataTextField="Text" DataValueField="url" OnSelectedIndexChanged="DropDownList1_SelectedIndexChanged">
        <asp:XmlDataSource ID="XmlDataSource1" runat="server" DataFile="~/XMLFile.xml"></asp:XmlDataSource>
        <asp:Label ID="Label1" runat="server"></asp:Label>

How to bind DropdownList using XmlDataSource in ASP.NET

How to bind DropDownList using XmlDataSource in ASP.NET How to bind DropDownList using XmlDataSource in ASP.NET Reviewed by Jacob Lefore on September 10, 2013 Rating: 5

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