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FrameworkElement.SetBinding Method (DependencyProperty, BindingBase)

Attaches a binding to this element, based on the provided binding object.

Namespace:  System.Windows
Assembly:  PresentationFramework (in PresentationFramework.dll)

public BindingExpressionBase SetBinding(
	DependencyProperty dp,
	BindingBase binding


Type: System.Windows.DependencyProperty
Identifies the property where the binding should be established.
Type: System.Windows.Data.BindingBase
Represents the specifics of the data binding.

Return Value

Type: System.Windows.Data.BindingExpressionBase
Records the conditions of the binding. This return value can be useful for error checking.

This method is a convenience method for calling BindingOperations.SetBinding, which passes the current instance as the DependencyObject.

This example shows how to create and set a Binding in code.

The FrameworkElement class and the FrameworkContentElement class both expose a SetBinding method. If you are binding an element that inherits either of these classes, you can call the SetBinding method directly.

The following example creates a class named, MyData, which contains a property named MyDataProperty.

public class MyData : INotifyPropertyChanged
    private string myDataProperty;

    public MyData() { }

    public MyData(DateTime dateTime)
        myDataProperty = "Last bound time was " + dateTime.ToLongTimeString();

    public String MyDataProperty
        get { return myDataProperty; }
            myDataProperty = value;

    public event PropertyChangedEventHandler PropertyChanged;

    private void OnPropertyChanged(string info)
        PropertyChangedEventHandler handler = PropertyChanged;
        if (handler != null)
            handler(this, new PropertyChangedEventArgs(info));

The following example shows how to create a binding object to set the source of the binding. The example uses SetBinding to bind the Text property of myText, which is a TextBlock control, to MyDataProperty.

//make a new source
  MyData myDataObject = new MyData(DateTime.Now);      
  Binding myBinding = new Binding("MyDataProperty");
  myBinding.Source = myDataObject;
  myText.SetBinding(TextBlock.TextProperty, myBinding);

For the complete code sample, see Code-only Binding Sample.

Instead of calling SetBinding, you can use the SetBinding static method of the BindingOperations class. The following example, calls BindingOperations.SetBinding instead of FrameworkElement.SetBinding to bind myText to myDataProperty.

//make a new source
MyData myDataObject = new MyData(DateTime.Now);
Binding myBinding = new Binding("MyDataProperty");
myBinding.Source = myDataObject;
BindingOperations.SetBinding(myText, TextBlock.TextProperty, myBinding);

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

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