Stop Having Multiple Connection Strings in C#

Stop Having Multiple Connection Strings in C#

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In this article, I will discuss how you can query/access your SQL database from multiple files in a C# project by only using one connection string instead of many.

Problem Statements

If you are making a large full-stack project in C# and you are a beginner then it is likely that you have multiple connection strings in different files of your project. This is a problem because as developers we should follow DRY principles (don't repeat yourself) and make code maintainable. This can become a bigger problem if you're working in a team because each teammate will need to change multiple connection strings to run the project locally and this can potentially lead to other issues later on like merge conflicts etc.

My Own project

In my project which is a Task Application made using C#, Windows Forms, .NET Framework and SQLite, I created multiple connection strings as you can see below:

When I relocated my project to a different PC I had to go through this project and change each connection string to the new file path of the SQLite database which was quite tedious and frustrating.


In order to solve this issue I created a file in my project called DB.cs :

Inside this file I created a public class with a public static string variable called DBLocation which is where our database path will be stored. By setting the class and string as public we can access the variable DBLocation in other files of our project:

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Text;
using System.Threading.Tasks;

namespace TASK_APP
    public class DB
        public static string DBLocation = @"data source = add your path here";


Now that I have done this I can get rid of the connection strings in my other files and replace them with DBLocation :

Congrats you have now set up the connection 🥳.