Converting DataTable to Generic List

Posted by Anuraj on Monday, February 9, 2015

.Net .Net 3.0 / 3.5 .Net 4.0 ASP.Net Windows Forms

Code snippet for converting a DataTable to Generic List.

public static List<TEntity> ToList<TEntity>(this DataTable dataTable,
Dictionary<string, string> mapping) where TEntity : new()
var list = new List<TEntity>();
foreach (DataRow dataRow in dataTable.Rows)
var entity = new TEntity();
foreach (var keyvaluePair in mapping)
var property = entity.GetType().GetProperty(keyvaluePair.Key,
BindingFlags.IgnoreCase | BindingFlags.Public | BindingFlags.Instance);
if (dataRow[keyvaluePair.Value] != DBNull.Value)
var propertyType =
Nullable.GetUnderlyingType(property.PropertyType) ?? property.PropertyType;
var value =
Convert.ChangeType(dataRow[keyvaluePair.Value], propertyType);
property.SetValue(entity, value, null);


return list;

You can use this as an extension method to the Data Table class. By providing the mapping dictionary, the consumer class can decide which all columns / properties need to participate in the conversion.

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