ExcelDataReader Getting Started

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What is Excel?

Microsoft Excel is a very useful tool in the business world, and powering every industry and is used to provides some important and high-level information to the decision-makers. As a developer, sometimes you will need to deal with Excel spreadsheets, either to retrieve information or write information.

What is ExcelDataReader?

ExcelDataReader is a NuGet library that lightweight, fast helps you to read Excel files. It works cross-platform and is extremely efficient, flexible, and very easy to use and has supported on;

  • Windows with .Net Framework 2
  • Windows Mobile with Compact Framework
  • Linux, OS X, BSD with Mono 2+


You can easily install it from the Package Manager Console window by running the following command.

PM> Install-Package ExcelDataReader

Environment Setup

To start using the ExcelDataReader in your application, you will need to install the ExcelDataReader NuGet package.

Let's open the Visual Studio and create a new project.


Select the Create a new project option.


Choose C# as language, Windows as a platform, and Console as the project type. In the template pane, select Console Application and click the Next button.


Enter the project name, you can change the location and solution name, but we will leave it and click on the Next button.


On the Additional Information dialog, select the target framework and then click on the Create button.


You can see a new console application project is created. Now, to install an ExcelDataReader, right-click on the project in Solution Explorer, and select Manage NuGet Packages...


Select the Browse tab and search for ExcelDataReader and install the latest version by pressing the Install button.


Once ExcelDataReader has been successfully installed. You are now ready to start your application.

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