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BindableAttribute Class

Specifies whether a member is typically used for binding. This class cannot be inherited.

Namespace:  System.ComponentModel
Assembly:  System (in System.dll)

public sealed class BindableAttribute : Attribute

You can specify this attribute for multiple members, typically properties, on a control.

If a property has been marked with the BindableAttribute set to true, then a property change notification should be raised for that property. This means that if the Bindable property is Yes, then two-way data binding is supported. If Bindable is No, you can still bind to the property, but it should not be shown in the default set of properties to bind to, because it might or might not raise a property change notification.


When you mark a property with BindableAttribute set to true, the value of this attribute is set to the constant member Yes. For a property marked with the BindableAttribute set to false, the value is No. Therefore, to check the value of this attribute in your code, you must specify the attribute as BindableAttribute.Yes or BindableAttribute.No.

Caution noteCaution:

You can use this attribute at design time only. Nothing prevents you from binding to any property during run time.

For more information, see Attributes Overview and Extending Metadata Using Attributes.

The following code example marks a property as appropriate to bind data to.

 public int MyProperty {
    get {
       // Insert code here. 
       return 0;
    set {
       // Insert code here.

The next code example shows how to check the value of the BindableAttribute for MyProperty. First, the code gets a PropertyDescriptorCollection with all the properties for the object. Next, the code indexes into the PropertyDescriptorCollection to get MyProperty. Finally, the code returns the attributes for this property and saves them in the attributes variable. The code example presents two different ways to check the value of the BindableAttribute. In the second code fragment, the example calls the Equals method. In the last code fragment, the example uses the Bindable property to check the value.

        // Gets the attributes for the property.
         AttributeCollection attributes = 

         // Checks to see if the value of the BindableAttribute is Yes. 
         if(attributes[typeof(BindableAttribute)].Equals(BindableAttribute.Yes)) {
            // Insert code here.

         // This is another way to see whether the property is bindable.
         BindableAttribute myAttribute = 
         if(myAttribute.Bindable) {
            // Insert code here.

	 // Yet another way to see whether the property is bindable. 
	 if (attributes.Contains(BindableAttribute.Yes)) {
	    // Insert code here.

If you marked a class with the BindableAttribute, use the following code example to check the value.

AttributeCollection attributes = 
 if(attributes[typeof(BindableAttribute)].Equals(BindableAttribute.Yes)) {
    // Insert code here.


Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98

The .NET Framework and .NET Compact Framework do not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0