How to refresh an ASP.NET GridView automatically at regular intervals

A common requirement is to refresh the GridView after regular intervals. ASP.NET contains the Timer control which comes in very handy to achieve such requirements. Here's how to do so:

Add the GridView and the Timer control inside an ASP.NET AJAX UpdatePanel as shown below :

<asp:UpdatePanel ID="UpdatePanel1" runat="server">


<asp:Timer ID="Timer1" runat="server" Interval="3600" ontick="Timer1_Tick"></asp:Timer>

<asp:GridView ID="GridView2" runat="server" AutoGenerateColumns="False" DataKeyNames="CustomerID"

DataSourceID="SqlDataSource1" AllowPaging="True" AllowSorting="True">


<asp:BoundField DataField="CustomerID" HeaderText="CustomerID" ReadOnly="True" SortExpression="CustomerID" />

<asp:BoundField DataField="CompanyName" HeaderText="CompanyName" SortExpression="CompanyName" />

<asp:BoundField DataField="ContactName" HeaderText="ContactName" SortExpression="ContactName" />

<asp:BoundField DataField="Address" HeaderText="Address" SortExpression="Address" />

<asp:BoundField DataField="City" HeaderText="City" SortExpression="City" />





Then in the code behind, add the following code which refreshes the GridView after every minute


protected void Timer1_Tick(object sender, EventArgs e)





Protected Sub Timer1_Tick(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As EventArgs)


End Sub

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15 Responses to "How to refresh an ASP.NET GridView automatically at regular intervals"
  1. Anonymous said...
    October 15, 2009 at 3:44 PM

    Thank you and best of luck with the book.

  2. Anonymous said...
    June 16, 2010 at 3:49 AM

    sank youu

  3. Rickson Menezes said...
    November 25, 2010 at 2:09 AM

    Gives me an error, Update Panel requires ScriptManager

  4. Rickson Menezes said...
    November 25, 2010 at 2:25 AM

    I added a script Manager tag just above the Update Panel and it worked. It was updating my gridview every x seconds

  5. Anonymous said...
    December 12, 2010 at 6:07 PM

    Hello, im getting a PageRequestManagerParseErrorException, i have the code just like you suggest, what might be going wrong?

    Thank you.

  6. Suprotim Agarwal said...
    December 12, 2010 at 7:07 PM

    For the PageRequestManagerParseErrorException error, try this link

  7. Anonymous said...
    April 5, 2011 at 5:08 AM

    some of the function within the grid not work??

  8. Rahul Ostwal said...
    October 5, 2011 at 3:16 AM

    I am filling data after every 5 min. but by this code first time it take 5 min. to fill grid. how to avoid this?

  9. Pål Sølvberg said...
    June 19, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    Hi Rahul.
    You just have to fire the Databinder code in PageLoad, like this:

    protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)




  10. Anonymous said...
    August 6, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    LO MAS GRANDE MUCHAS GRACIAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  11. Anonymous said...
    January 3, 2013 at 4:00 AM

    Simply gr8.........

  12. DIM said...
    December 20, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    Thanks for great article!!!!What we can do if we have 2 datagridviews and we want update every 5 seconds with different select commands both???

  13. Alex Segura said...
    July 22, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    Appreciate it!

  14. lingmaaki said...
    September 29, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    Check here..all about..Asp.Net Gridview


  15. Kalyani Bothra said...
    October 27, 2014 at 11:41 PM

    Thanks for this article. It was very beneficial for us.


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