bucketman bucketman - 10 days ago 6
C# Question

Serialize dataGridView to JSON

I have a datagridview on my Windows Form Application that takes input from a user. I'd like to use JSON to store this input and am trying to serialize the input from the datagridview into JSON.

So far I have:

private void button2_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
{

string output = JsonConvert.SerializeObject(this.dataGridView1);
System.IO.File.WriteAllText("json.json", output);
}


However something seems to be going wrong in trying to serialize the datagridview (prior I was under the impression any object could be converted?). Does this mean I have to convert the datagridview to an array or a list or something similar before I can serialize it?

Answer

Always serialize the data itself and not the view.

In this case you have to serialize the DataSource property of the DataGridView.

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