Displaying Total in Footer of GridView

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During my training career, I have been asked one common question several times that how we can calculate summary totals inside GridView control and how we can show it at the footer of GridView control. So I have decided to write a tutorial on this topic. In this tutorial I will show you how you can calculate and display totals not only in GridView footer but also on any control outside GridView control.

For the purpose of this tutorial I have setup a simple ASP.NET page with data bound GridView control and a Label control on it. Following is the HTML source code of the GridView and Label control:

<asp:GridView ID="GridView1" runat="server" AutoGenerateColumns="False" BackColor="White"
   BorderColor="#336699" BorderStyle="Solid" BorderWidth="1px"
   CellPadding="2" Font-Names="Verdana" ShowFooter="true"
   Font-Size="10pt" Width="50%" DataKeyNames="ProductID"
   GridLines="Horizontal" onrowdatabound="GridView1_RowDataBound">
      <asp:BoundField DataField="ProductID" HeaderText="ProductID" />
      <asp:BoundField DataField="ProductName" HeaderText="ProductName" />
      <asp:TemplateField HeaderText="UnitPrice">
            <asp:Label ID="lblPrice" runat="server" Text='<%# Eval("UnitPrice")%>' />
            <asp:Label ID="lblTotalPrice" runat="server" />
      <asp:TemplateField HeaderText="UnitsInStock">
            <asp:Label ID="lblUnitsInStock" runat="server" Text='<%# Eval("UnitsInStock") %>' />
            <asp:Label ID="lblTotalUnitsInStock" runat="server" />

   <FooterStyle BackColor="#336699" Font-Bold="True" ForeColor="White" HorizontalAlign="Left" />
   <HeaderStyle BackColor="#336699" Font-Bold="True" ForeColor="White" HorizontalAlign="Left" />
<br />
<b>Average Price: </b>
<asp:Label ID="lblAveragePrice" runat="server" Text="Label"></asp:Label>

In the above code, I am using TemplateField column inside GridView control which has two templates ItemTemplate and FooterTemplate containing Label controls to show data. The Labels inside ItemTemplate are bound with UnitPrice and UnitsInStock fields using ASP.NET binding expression <%# %> syntax. The Labels inside FooterTemplate are left blank for showing totals later from the code.

I am also attaching an event handler for the RowDataBound event with the GridView. This event is where I will calculate the total for GridView data later. The RowDataBound event is raised whenever a row in the GridView is bound to data. It is raised for the header, the footer, and data rows. This event provides an opportunity to access each row before the page is finally sent to the client for display.

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The Page_Load event of the page binds data with the GridView control as follows:

protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e) 
   if (!Page.IsPostBack) 

private void BindData()
   string constr = "Server=TestServer;Database=TestDatabase;uid=test;pwd=test;"; 
   string query = "SELECT ProductID, ProductName, UnitPrice, UnitsInStock, OnSale FROM Products"; 

   SqlDataAdapter da = new SqlDataAdapter(query, constr); 
   DataTable table = new DataTable(); 


   GridView1.DataSource = table; 

To calculate totals first you need to declare some variables outside the RowDataBound event. Two variables will keep track of the total of all the values bound inside GridView control and the third variable totalItems will be used to calculate the average price. 

decimal totalPrice = 0M; 
decimal totalStock = 0M; 
int totalItems = 0;

As I mentioned above, RowDataBound event raised for all header, data or footer rows. I put one if condition to make sure currently it is binding DataRow. Then I am getting the reference of lblPrice and lblUnitsInStock labels using FindControl method. These labels have price and stock values of the current row in their text property. I am converting the text into decimal and then adding the value in totalPrice and totalStock variables. Once all the Data rows are finished I have similar check for Footer Row in which I am getting the reference of lblTotalPrice and lblTotalUnitsInStock Labels available in the FooterTemplate inside GridView and showing the totals on those labels.

protected void GridView1_RowDataBound(object sender, GridViewRowEventArgs e) 
   if (e.Row.RowType == DataControlRowType.DataRow)
      Label lblPrice = (Label)e.Row.FindControl("lblPrice"); 
      Label lblUnitsInStock = (Label)e.Row.FindControl("lblUnitsInStock"); 

      decimal price = Decimal.Parse(lblPrice.Text); 
      decimal stock = Decimal.Parse(lblUnitsInStock.Text); 

      totalPrice += price; 
      totalStock += stock; 

      totalItems += 1; 

   if (e.Row.RowType == DataControlRowType.Footer) 
      Label lblTotalPrice = (Label)e.Row.FindControl("lblTotalPrice"); 
      Label lblTotalUnitsInStock = (Label)e.Row.FindControl("lblTotalUnitsInStock"); 

      lblTotalPrice.Text = totalPrice.ToString(); 
      lblTotalUnitsInStock.Text = totalStock.ToString(); 

      lblAveragePrice.Text = (totalPrice / totalItems).ToString("F"); 

This Post Has 34 Comments

  1. Gnanu

    how to calculate average of grid in columnwise and display it in footer

  2. Gnanu

    how to get average of each column in gridview footer

  3. nikita

    we are using same coding in our project.. we are not getting how we can use this total in another c# page??

  4. ThankGod Sani Adeyi

    Is it possible to format the price label and the footer in currency format e.g with DataFormatString=”{0:n2}”?

  5. Vineeth

    Thanks very helpful….!

  6. Gitanjali

    nice one..

  7. Md Jahangir Alam

    Brother congratulation,i have solved my problem by following your this tutorials after trying 1 day. so thank you.

  8. madhu

    vry nice

  9. gurmeet

    great man

  10. nitika

    thanks a ton for the tutorial, it was really of great help to me for completing my project 🙂

  11. rajkumar

    Thank You very much your tutorial is very useful for me……

  12. Haroon

    Its good article

  13. Md zahidul Islam

    Very useful. thanks

  14. Sam

    Thanks a lot…It helped me..very useful article!!

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  16. C K

    This content was very useful. I really appreciate the way of explanation. Thank u very much.

  17. Nutan Patel

    Sir, I have implemented this. its seems that it should work but it is not displaying total. please tell if any solution possible..

  18. navin

    hai good morning

  19. Mehboob Yousafzai

    Nice & simple…

  20. Sourabh

    Very Simple and Very Informative


  21. sundar lakhman

    It is not working….
    Input string was not in correct format error showing………

    please help me………….

  22. Emmao


    A very great article!

    When I tried it, it worked perfectly; But when I changed the gridview pagesize to 3, it gave only the total per page of the gridview.

    Pls how do i modify the code to give me the grandtotal at the last page of the gridview.

    Thank u.


  23. Rathin Pandya

    very good example .
    every one can easily understand.

  24. Gokul

    A simple example illustrating usability of GridView. I need to know how to fix value of a cell when it is clicked/accessed.

  25. neeru

    very good tutorial

  26. Abid Farooq Bhutta

    Thanks. great


    Actually im having one column name for Cost in grid view.if i select the checkbox one cost will be selected so i want to total cost in total textbox. how can i get it

  28. Bharath

    Good one buddy!! life saver!!!

  29. Bharath

    Good one buddy!! life saver!!!

  30. Rajeev

    Grt thanks for this beautiful explanation.i m looking for this for the last one month

  31. vikas joshi

    Your Article on Displaying Total in Footer of GridView really worked like a charm for me.
    Thanks keep it up

  32. Naveen

    Thanks.. It Really Worked

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