[C#] How to get Database Name from Connection String using SqlConnectionStringBuilder


You can use the provider-specific ConnectionStringBuilder class (within the appropriate namespace), or System.Data.Common.DbConnectionStringBuilder to abstract the connection string object if you need to. You'd need to know the provider-specific keywords used to designate the information you're looking for, but for a SQL Server example you could do either of these two things:

System.Data.SqlClient.SqlConnectionStringBuilder builder = new System.Data.SqlClient.SqlConnectionStringBuilder(connectionString);

string server = builder.DataSource;
string database = builder.InitialCatalog;


System.Data.Common.DbConnectionStringBuilder builder = new System.Data.Common.DbConnectionStringBuilder();

builder.ConnectionString = connectionString;

string server = builder["Data Source"] as string;
string database = builder["Initial Catalog"] as string;

I never want to split connection string using string manipulation and get server,database,uid and password.

I read the following link and read the accepted answer , I found that is the best way to get userid and password out from connection string, but what about Database Name?

Right way to get username and password from connection string?

How to get Database Name from Connection String using SqlConnectionStringBuilder. (does the DataSource is the Server name?)

string connectString = "Data Source=(local);" + "Integrated Security=true";

SqlConnectionStringBuilder builder = new SqlConnectionStringBuilder(connectString);

Console.WriteLine("builder.InitialCatalog = " + builder.InitialCatalog);

Extract properties of sql connection string

You can use the connection string builder class which once constructed has datasource and initial catalog properties


string connStr = "Data Source=SERVERx;Initial Catalog=DBx;User ID=u;Password=p"; 

var csb = new SqlConnectionStringBuilder(connStr);

string dataSource = csb.DataSource;
string initialCatalog = csb.InitialCatalog;

Let the .net framework do the work for you ;) no messing about with substrings or regexs

Right way to get username and password from connection string?

You could use the SqlConnectionStringBuilder Class

string conString = "SERVER=localhost;DATABASE=tree;UID=root;PASSWORD=branch;Min Pool Size = 0;Max Pool Size=200";
SqlConnectionStringBuilder builder = new SqlConnectionStringBuilder(conString);
string user = builder.UserID;
string pass = builder.Password;