CollectionViewSource Class

Represents the Extensible Application Markup Language (XAML) proxy of the CollectionView class.

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

public class CollectionViewSource : DependencyObject, ISupportInitialize, IWeakEventListener
public class CollectionViewSource extends DependencyObject implements ISupportInitialize, IWeakEventListener
public class CollectionViewSource extends DependencyObject implements ISupportInitialize, IWeakEventListener
<CollectionViewSource .../>

CollectionViewSource is the XAML representation of the CollectionView class. The CollectionViewSource class is not a view itself. Rather, it has a View property that holds the view and a Source property that holds the source collection. It also exposes the commonly used CollectionView properties to be set in XAML.

You can think of a collection view as the layer on top of the binding source collection that allows you to navigate and display the collection based on sort, filter, and group queries, all without having to manipulate the underlying source collection itself. If the source collection implements the INotifyCollectionChanged interface, the changes raised by the CollectionChanged event are propagated to the views.

Because views do not change the underlying source collections, each source collection can have multiple views associated with it. For example, you may have a collection of Task objects. With the use of views, you can display that same data in different ways. For example, on the left side of your page you may want to show tasks sorted by priority, and on the right side, grouped by area.

All collections have a default collection view. CollectionView is the default view object for collections that implement IEnumerable. To get the default view, you use the GetDefaultView method. Alternatively, you can create a view of your collection in XAML using this class and then bind your control to that. For more information and an example of how to do that, see the Binding to Collections section in the Data Binding Overview.

This example shows how to create a view of a data collection in Extensible Application Markup Language (XAML). Views allow for the functionalities of grouping, sorting, filtering, and the notion of a current item.

In the following example, the static resource named places is defined as a collection of Place objects, in which each Place object is consisted of a city name and the state. The prefix src is mapped to the namespace where the data source Places is defined. The prefix scm and dat are mapped to the System.ComponentModel and System.Windows.Data namespaces respectively.

The following example creates a view of the data collection that is sorted by the city name and grouped by the state.


  <src:Places x:Key="places"/>

  <CollectionViewSource Source="{StaticResource places}" x:Key="cvs">
      <scm:SortDescription PropertyName="CityName"/>
      <dat:PropertyGroupDescription PropertyName="State"/>


The view can then be a binding source, as in the following example:

<ListBox ItemsSource="{Binding Source={StaticResource cvs}}"
         DisplayMemberPath="CityName" Name="lb">
    <x:Static Member="GroupStyle.Default"/>

To see the entire example, please see Collection View Source Sample.

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 98, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows CE, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.0