How to import data from Excel to DataSet in VB.NET

EasyXLS Excel library can be used to import Excel files in VB.NET. The library works with .NET Framework or .NET Core platform.

Step 1: Download EasyXLS Excel Library for .NET

To download the trial version of EasyXLS Excel Library, press the below button:

Download EasyXLS™ Excel Library for VB.NET

If you already own a license key, you may login and download EasyXLS from your account.

Install the downloaded EasyXLS installer for v8.6 or earlier.

Step 2: Create a VB.NET project

If don't have a project, create one as ASP.NET web application, windows forms app, console application, class library or service.

Step 3: Include EasyXLS library into project

EasyXLS.dll must be added as reference to your project. EasyXLS.dll can be found:
- Inside the downloaded archive at Step 1 for EasyXLS v9.0 or later
- Under installation path for EasyXLS v8.6 or earlier, in "Dot NET version" folder.

Add EasyXLS reference

Step 4: Run VB.NET code that imports data from Excel to DataSet

Execute the following VB.NET code that imports from Excel to DataSet.

' Tutorial 34
' This tutorial shows how to import Excel to DataSet in VB.NET. The data 
' is imported from the active sheet of the Excel file (the Excel file
' generated in Tutorial 09).

Imports EasyXLS
Imports EasyXLS.Constants
Imports System.IO

Module Tutorial34

    Sub Main()

        Console.WriteLine("Tutorial 34" & vbCrLf & "----------" & vbCrLf)

        ' Create an instance of the class that imports Excel files
        Dim workbook As New ExcelDocument
        ' Import Excel file to DataSet
        Console.WriteLine("Reading file C:\Samples\Tutorial09.xlsx." & vbCrLf)
            Dim ds As DataSet = workbook.easy_ReadXLSXActiveSheet_AsDataSet("C:\Samples\Tutorial09.xlsx")

            ' Display imported DataSet values
            Dim dt As DataTable = ds.Tables(0)
            For row As Integer = 0 To dt.Rows.Count - 1
                For column As Integer = 0 To dt.Columns.Count - 1
                    Console.WriteLine("At row " & (row + 1) & ", column " & (column + 1) & _
                     " the value is '" & dt.Rows(row).ItemArray(column) & "'")
        Catch ex As Exception
            Console.WriteLine(vbCrLf & "Error reading file C:\Samples\Tutorial09.xlsx " & _
                              vbCrLf & workbook.easy_getError())
        End Try

        ' Dispose memory

        Console.Write(vbCrLf & "Press Enter to Exit...")

    End Sub

End Module

EasyXLS Excel libraries:

Excel Library for VB.NET
full .NET version to import, export or convert Excel files
Excel Reader for VB.NET
.NET version to read and import Excel files
Download EasyXLS™ Excel Library for VB.NET

File formats:

MS Excel 97 - 2003
MS Excel 2007 - 2019
MS Excel 2021
Office 365