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How Populate Data in a ComboBox Using XML File And C#

In this tutorial, I will teach you how to populate data in a combobox using XML File and C#. This method has the ability to display the data from the XML file to a combobox. Hope this tutorial will help you with your current problem in programming. Just follow the instructions below.

Creating XML File

Go to the solution explorer, right click the resources file and add new item.
Create an XML File named “country”.
Write the following codes for adding the content in the XML FIle.

  2. <NewDataSet>
  3. <Table>
  4. <abbr>BEF</abbr>
  5. <Description>Belgium Francs</Description>
  6. </Table>
  7. <Table>
  8. <abbr>DEM</abbr>
  9. <Description>Germany Deutsche Marks</Description>
  10. </Table>
  11. <Table>
  12. <abbr>ESP</abbr>
  13. <Description>Spain Pesetas</Description>
  14. </Table>
  15. <Table>
  16. <abbr>FRF</abbr>
  17. <Description>France Francs</Description>
  18. </Table>
  19. </NewDataSet>

Creating Application

Step 1

Open Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 and create a new windows form application for c#.

Step 2

Do the form just like shown below.

Step 3

Press F7 to open the code editor. In the code editor, add a namespace to access the Resources File .

  2. using LoadDataXML.Properties;

Step 4

Create a method for filling the xml data inside the combobox.

  2. private void LoadCountry(ComboBox cbo)
  3. {
  4. DataSet dsCountries = new DataSet();
  5. dsCountries.ReadXml(new System.IO.StringReader(;
  7. cbo.DataSource = dsCountries.Tables[0];
  8. cbo.DisplayMember = "Description";
  9. cbo.ValueMember = "abbr";
  10. }

Step 5

Write the following code to execute the method that you have created in the first load of the form.

  2. private void Form1_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
  3. {
  4. LoadCountry(comboBox1);
  5. }

The complete source code is included you can download it and run it on your computer.

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