DataView.RowFilter Property


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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
Available since 1.1
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