How to pass external values with GridView HyperLinkField which are not part of your Gridview DataSource member ?

Few days back I have published an article “How to pass multiple values using GridView HyperLinkField ?”,  where I have explained how you can pass multiple parameter with Gridview HyperLinkField using DataNavigationUrlField and  DataNavigateUrlFormatString properties. In this post, I am going to explain how you can pass some external values as parameters with the same hyperlink field.

DataNavigationUrlField use only those  fields as parameter which are the part of GridView DataSource. Now the problem comes when you want to pass some other variables as parameter which are not part of the DataSource.  As shown in below image we are passing EmpID and ParentId as argument and this two field are the data member of GridView DataSource.


Now Say, You want pass ChildID for that particular record along with ParentID and EmpID and you want hyperlink url should be like “Default.aspx?EmpID=1&ParentID=P1&ChildID=C1”where ChildID is not part of datasource.

You can achieve  this by writing code in code behind for the particular GridView. There is two events where you can overwrite the navigation url of that hyperlink field. You can use  Gridview_RowDataBound or Gridview_PreRender for the same.

Let’s start with Gridview_RowDataBound . The RowDataBound event  of GridView is raised when a data row  is bound to data. So for each and every row RowDataBound event raised to bind with actual data from the data source. On the RowDataBound event you can check for the particular Cell control and can append the NavigateURL. Below is the code snippet for the same.

    /// <summary>
    /// Handles the RowDataBound event of the grdStudent control.
    /// </summary>
    /// <param name="sender">The source of the event.</param>
    /// <param name="e">The <see cref="System.Web.UI.WebControls.GridViewRowEventArgs"/> instance containing the event data.</param>
    protected void grdStudent_RowDataBound(object sender, GridViewRowEventArgs e)
        if (e.Row.RowType == DataControlRowType.DataRow)
            HyperLink hyperlink = (HyperLink)e.Row.Cells[0].Controls[0];
            hyperlink.NavigateUrl += "&ChildID=" + this.ExternalValue;

And you can do the same thing in Gridview_PreRender event in similar way. As per the ASP.NET page life cycle, Pre_Render for control raised just before save view state and Render event. So this is the last event where you can customize your control before saving the viewstate data and rendering it. Below is the code snippet for the same.

 /// <summary>
    /// Handles the PreRender event of the grdStudent control.
    /// </summary>
    /// <param name="sender">The source of the event.</param>
    /// <param name="e">The <see cref="System.EventArgs"/> instance containing the event data.</param>
    protected void grdStudent_PreRender(object sender, EventArgs e)
       foreach (GridViewRow row in grdStudent.Rows)
           if (row.RowType == DataControlRowType.DataRow)
               HyperLink grdviewLink = (HyperLink)row.Cells[0].Controls[0];
               grdviewLink.NavigateUrl += "&ChildID=" + this.externalValue;


If you want to know how it’s actually working, Just set  breakpoint during databound, you will find NavigateURL for that hyperlink field has already been set with the value that you have passed as DataNavigationUrlField . And Inside RowDataBound or Pre_Render we are appending the the same NavigateURL with external parameter.



Below is the HTML snippet for the same HyperLinkField.


You can use NavigateURL properties for Hyperlinkfield to set url, but  NavigateURL will set the same url for all the row. So if you want different url for each and every row you have to use DataNavigationUrlField or you need to override the NavigateURL during RowDataBound or Pre_Render. And If you set both the properties ( NavigateURL  and DataNavigationUrlField  ) the   DataNavigationUrlField  property takes precedence.

I hope this post will help you.

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Written by Abhijit Jana

I am a Modern and Cloud App Development Consultant working at Microsoft. Presently I am focusing on adopting and delivering world class solution on N+1 Technologies, where I mainly drive engagements on Universal Windows Platforms, Microsoft Azure, IoT and Cross Platform and Device related application Development. I am a former Microsoft MVP, Author of Kinect for Windows SDK and HoloLens BluePrints book and Run Daily .NET Tips . To know more about me click here.


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