How to set a asp:DropDownList SelectedValue to a Session Variable?

There are several articles describing how to do this is code behind however: 

Is it possible to set the value of a dropdownlist to a session variable on the aspx page? 

I am using SqlDataSource to populate the dropdownlist so do not wish to add code behind if it can be avoided. 

<asp:DropDownList ID="ddl" runat="Server" DataSourceID="sqlDS" DataValueField="ID" DataTextField="TEXT" AppendDataBoundItems="true">
  <asp:ListItem Text="" Value="" Selected="True" />
<asp:SqlDataSource ID="sqlDS" runat="Server" SelectCommand="spDS" SelectCommandType="StoredProcedure" />

Set Session("ID") as selected value on load? 

The dropdown list is already populated from the sqldatasource. I just want to set the initial value on page load.

Last updated:12/22/2014 6:46:40 AM

2 Answers

Anonymous User
Anonymous User

You need a server side code in order to use Session. The following code doesn't requires code behind file, but again the code inside script will run at server side. 

<asp:DropDownList ID='ddl' runat='Server' 
  <asp:ListItem Text='' Value='' Selected='True' />
<asp:SqlDataSource ID='sqlDS' runat='Server'
  SelectCommand='spDS' SelectCommandType='StoredProcedure' /> 
<script runat='server'>
    protected void ddl_SelectedIndexChanged(object sender, EventArgs e)
        Session['SelecteValue'] = ddl.SelectedValue;

Note: Make sure AutoPostBack='True' for DropDownList.

Anonymous User
Anonymous User

you'll need an event for your dropdown list on change. Are you using C# or for your codebehind? 

add to onSelectedIndexChanged='ddl_OnSelectedIndexChanged' 

to your code behind add: 

{this is C# vb is similar} 

protected void ddl_OnSelectedIndexChanged(Object sender, EventArgs e)
    Session['selectedID'] = ddl.selectedValue;

to your page load, add 

if (isPostback)
    ddl.selectedValue = Session['selectedID'];