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DataView.RowFilter Property

Gets or sets the expression used to filter which rows are viewed in the DataView.

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

public virtual string RowFilter { get; set; }

Property Value

Type: System.String
A string that specifies how rows are to be filtered. For more information, see the Remarks section.

To form a RowFilter value, specify the name of a column followed by an operator and a value to filter on. The value must be in quotation marks. For example:

"LastName = 'Smith'"

See the Expression property of the DataColumn class for more information.

To return only those columns with null values, use the following expression:

"Isnull(Col1,'Null Column') = 'Null Column'"

The following example creates a DataView and sets its RowFilter property.

using System;
using System.Data;
using System.Windows.Forms;

public class Form1 : Form {
   protected TextBox Text1;
   protected DataSet DataSet1;

   public static void Main() {

   private static void DemostrateDataView() {
      // Create a DataTable with one column
      DataTable dt = new DataTable("MyTable");
      DataColumn column = new DataColumn("Col", typeof(int));

      // Add 5 rows on Added state
      for (int i = 0; i < 5; i++) {
         DataRow row = dt.NewRow();
         row["Col"] = i;

      // Add 5 rows on Unchanged state
      for (int i = 5; i < 10; i++) {
         DataRow row = dt.NewRow();
         row["Col"] = i;
         // Calling AcceptChanges will make the DataRowVersion change from Added to Unchanged in this case

      // Create a DataView
      DataView dv = new DataView(dt);

      Console.WriteLine("Print unsorted, unfiltered DataView");

      // Changing the Sort order to descending
      dv.Sort = "Col DESC";

      Console.WriteLine("Print sorted DataView. Sort = 'Col DESC'");

      // Filter by an expression. Filter all rows where column 'Col' have values greater or equal than 3
      dv.RowFilter = "Col < 3";

      Console.WriteLine("Print sorted and Filtered DataView by RowFilter. RowFilter = 'Col > 3'");

      // Removing Sort and RpwFilter to ilustrate RowStateFilter. DataView should contain all 10 rows back in the original order
      dv.Sort = String.Empty;
      dv.RowFilter = String.Empty;

      // Show only Unchanged rows or last 5 rows
      dv.RowStateFilter = DataViewRowState.Unchanged;

      Console.WriteLine("Print Filtered DataView by RowState. RowStateFilter =  DataViewRowState.Unchanged");

   private static void PrintDataView(DataView dv) {
      // Printing first DataRowView to demo that the row in the first index of the DataView changes depending on sort and filters
      Console.WriteLine("First DataRowView value is '{0}'", dv[0]["Col"]);

      // Printing all DataRowViews
      foreach (DataRowView drv in dv) {
         Console.WriteLine("\t {0}", drv["Col"]);

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, 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.