OleDbCommand.ExecuteNonQuery Method


Executes an SQL statement against the Connection and returns the number of rows affected.

 override int ExecuteNonQuery();
 virtual int ExecuteNonQuery();
public override int ExecuteNonQuery ();
public int ExecuteNonQuery ();
override this.ExecuteNonQuery : unit -> int
abstract member ExecuteNonQuery : unit -> int
override this.ExecuteNonQuery : unit -> int
Public Overrides Function ExecuteNonQuery () As Integer
Public Function ExecuteNonQuery () As Integer


The number of rows affected.



The connection does not exist.


The connection is not open.


Cannot execute a command within a transaction context that differs from the context in which the connection was originally enlisted.


The following example creates an OleDbCommand and then executes it using ExecuteNonQuery. The example is passed a string that is an SQL statement such as UPDATE, INSERT, or DELETE, and a string to use to connect to the data source.

static private void CreateOleDbCommand(
    string queryString, string connectionString)
    using (OleDbConnection connection = new
        OleDbCommand command = new
            OleDbCommand(queryString, connection);
Private Sub CreateOleDbCommand( _
    ByVal queryString As String, ByVal connectionString As String)
    Using connection As New OleDbConnection(connectionString)
        Dim command As New OleDbCommand(queryString, connection)
    End Using
End Sub


You can use the ExecuteNonQuery to perform catalog operations, for example, to query the structure of a database or to create database objects such as tables, or to change the data in a database without using a DataSet by executing UPDATE, INSERT, or DELETE statements.

Although the ExecuteNonQuery returns no rows, any output parameters or return values mapped to parameters are populated with data.

For UPDATE, INSERT, and DELETE statements, the return value is the number of rows affected by the command. For all other types of statements, the return value is -1. If a rollback occurs, the return value is also -1.

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