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BindingGroup.Items Property

Gets the sources that are used by the Binding objects in the BindingGroup.

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

public IList Items { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.Collections.IList
The sources that are used by the Binding objects in the BindingGroup.

Each object that is used as a source is added into the Items property once, even if the object is used as the source for multiple bindings. Often, there is just one item in Items, which is the object that is the DataContext of the element that uses the BindingGroup. It is possible for a BindingGroup to have multiple sources, however. For example, if Binding objects share the same BindingGroupName but use different source objects, each object that is used as a source is in Items.

There can also be multiple objects in Items if the path of a Binding resolves to a nested property of the source. For example, suppose a TextBox control's binding is a part of a BindingGroup and its DataContext is a Customer object, which has a property of type Address. If the Path of the Binding is the Address.ZipCode property, the Address is added to the Items property.

The following examples are part of an application that checks whether the user has set the properties of two objects to equal values. The first example creates two TextBox controls, each of which are data bound to a different source. The binding of the first TextBox gets its source, object1, from the DataContext of the TextBox control's parent element (the StackPanel). On the second TextBox, the source of the binding is set to object2. The example also creates a Label that displays validation errors.

<StackPanel Name="sp1"
            DataContext="{Binding Source={StaticResource object1}}"
            Validation.ValidationAdornerSite="{Binding ElementName=label1}"

    <BindingGroup Name="bindingGroup">
        <src:BindingGroupValidationRule ValidatesOnTargetUpdated="True" />

  <TextBlock Text="First string" />

  <TextBox Width="150"
           Text="{Binding Path=PropertyA}" />

  <TextBlock Text="Second string" />

  <TextBox Width="150"
           Text="{Binding Source={StaticResource object2}, 
    Path=PropertyB, BindingGroupName=bindingGroup, 
    TargetNullValue=please enter a string}" />



<Label Name="label1"
       Content="{Binding ElementName=sp1, Path=(Validation.Errors)[0].ErrorContent}"
       HorizontalAlignment="Center" />

The following example shows the ValidationRule that the previous example uses. In the Validate method, the example gets each source object from the BindingGroup and checks whether the properties of the objects are equal.

public class Type1
    public string PropertyA { get; set; }

    public Type1()
        PropertyA = "Default Value";

public class Type2
    public string PropertyB { get; set; }

    public Type2()

public class BindingGroupValidationRule : ValidationRule
    public override ValidationResult Validate(object value, System.Globalization.CultureInfo cultureInfo)
        BindingGroup bg = value as BindingGroup;

        Type1 object1 = null;
        Type2 object2 = null;

        foreach (object item in bg.Items)
            if (item is Type1)
                object1 = item as Type1;

            if (item is Type2)
                object2 = item as Type2;

        if (object1 == null || object2 == null)
            return new ValidationResult(false, "BindingGroup did not find source object.");

        string string1 = bg.GetValue(object1, "PropertyA") as string;
        string string2 = bg.GetValue(object2, "PropertyB") as string;

        if (string1 != string2)
            return new ValidationResult(false, "The two strings must be identical.");

        return ValidationResult.ValidResult;



.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1, 3.0 SP2

.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.