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How to read Excel files in Javascript/Jquery and convert the value to Json


We have multiple ways to read excel file in C# and then convert it to JSON or insert the data in to database etc. However there are not much options available when it comes to reading the Excel file using javascript. In this article I will explain an option using a Jquery Plugin called SheetJS.

SheetJS is Excel parser which supports multiple formats of excel files like 2007, 2010, 2013 office versions etc.


To use the SheetJS user need to add the reference files first. You can do this either by downloading files from here and then refer these js files to project. Another option is to use the online CDN available.

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Reading the Excel File

To read the excel file we use the read method in SheetJs like below

var workbook =, { type: 'binary' });

Converting Excel value to Json
To convert the values to Json will use “sheet_to_json” method

          var sheet_name_list = workbook.SheetNames;
           sheet_name_list.forEach(function (y) { /* iterate through sheets */
                    //Convert the cell value to Json
                    var roa = XLSX.utils.sheet_to_json(workbook.Sheets[y]);
                    if (roa.length > 0) {
                        result = roa;

Complete Code

Sample Excel I used for this Demo



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How to display larger numbers on Excel export in C#


In this article I am going to explain a solution to the problem with displaying large numbers (more than 15 numbers) in excel while exporting data in C#.

Issue Description:

By default, excel normally display larger numbers like 123456E+17 when the number overcomes Excel’s precision limit for numbers which is 8 digits. When we export the data from Gridivew to excel the same problem exists.


Drawback of existing Solution:

One solution to resolve this is to make the column type of excel to text instead of numbers. To this we need to add a single quote (‘) to the numbers which we are exporting. This will resolve the issue of displaying the complete number, however this solution has a drawback as it will display single quote along with the number like ‘123456789011.

Solution to the Problem

To show the number without using single quote we can use a Third Party Excel library called EPPlus. EPPlus is a .net library that reads and writes Excel 2007/2010 files using the Open Office Xml format (xlsx). This library offers several features and methods to help the user to generate Excel sheet. You can read the complete details from the link I shared above.

Here in this fix we will use the method LoadFromDataTable to load the data from DataTable to Excel. The same case applies when you Export data from gridview and other controls.


private void ExcelExport(DataTable tbl)
            using (ExcelPackage pck = new ExcelPackage())
                //Create the worksheet
                ExcelWorksheet ws = pck.Workbook.Worksheets.Add("Demo");
                //Load the datatable into the sheet, starting from cell A1.
                ws.Cells["A1"].LoadFromDataTable(tbl, true);
                //Write it back to the client
                Response.ContentType = "application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.spreadsheetml.sheet";
                Response.AddHeader("content-disposition", "attachment;filename=file.xlsx");

Before using above code add the below references in your page

using OfficeOpenXml;
using OfficeOpenXml.Style;

Sample usage to above method

DataTable dt = new DataTable();
            DataRow Sample = dt.NewRow();
            Sample["PhoneNo"] = "12345678911121314";
            Sample["Name"] = "SampleName";

With above code the exported excel file will look like below


You can use Nugget to add the EPPlus in your solution.


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