CollectionViewSource class

CollectionViewSource class

Provides a data source that adds grouping and current-item support to collection classes.




public sealed class CollectionViewSource : DependencyObject

<CollectionViewSource .../>


The CollectionViewSource class has these types of members:


The CollectionViewSource class has these constructors.

CollectionViewSource Initializes a new instance of the CollectionViewSource class.



The CollectionViewSource class has these methods. It also inherits methods from the Object class.

ClearValue Clears the local value of a dependency property. (Inherited from DependencyObject)
GetAnimationBaseValue Returns any base value established for a dependency property, which would apply in cases where an animation is not active. (Inherited from DependencyObject)
GetValue Returns the current effective value of a dependency property from a DependencyObject. (Inherited from DependencyObject)
ReadLocalValue Returns the local value of a dependency property, if a local value is set. (Inherited from DependencyObject)
RegisterPropertyChangedCallback Registers an instance-specific property value for a property-changed notification that comes from the core property system. (Inherited from DependencyObject)
SetValue Sets the local value of a dependency property on a DependencyObject. (Inherited from DependencyObject)
UnregisterPropertyChangedCallback Cancels a change notification that was previously registered by calling RegisterPropertyChangedCallback. (Inherited from DependencyObject)



The CollectionViewSource class has these properties.

PropertyAccess typeDescription


Read-onlyGets the CoreDispatcher that this object is associated with. The CoreDispatcher represents a facility that can access the DependencyObject on the UI thread even if the code is initiated by a non-UI thread. (Inherited from DependencyObject)


Read/writeGets or sets a value that indicates whether source data is grouped.


Read-onlyIdentifies the IsSourceGrouped dependency property.


Read/writeGets or sets the property path to follow from the top level item to find groups within the CollectionViewSource.


Read-onlyIdentifies the ItemsPath dependency property.


Read/writeGets or sets the collection object from which to create this view.


Read-onlyIdentifies the Source dependency property.


Read-onlyGets the view object that is currently associated with this instance of CollectionViewSource.


Read-onlyIdentifies the View dependency property.



Use CollectionViewSource when you want to bind list controls to collections, but you want to display those collections in groups and maintain a current item independent from the list control. This is particularly useful when you want to bind multiple controls to the same collection and you want the current item in one control to change the current item in the other bound controls. You typically define a CollectionViewSource as a XAML resource and bind to it using the {StaticResource} markup extension. You can then set its Source property in code-behind to a supported collection type.

Any controls that you bind to the same CollectionViewSource will always have the same current item. You can access the current item programmatically through the ICollectionView.CurrentItem property of the CollectionViewSource.View property value.

If the items in the collection are collections themselves, or are objects that contain collections, you can display the collections as groups within the larger collection. To do this, set the IsSourceGrouped property to true. If the items contain collections but are not collections themselves, you must also set the ItemsPath property to the name of the collection property.

Note  Setting the Source property to another CollectionViewSource instance is not supported.


The following code example demonstrates how to bind a ListBox control to the results of a grouping LINQ query. In this example, a collection of teams is grouped by city and displayed with the city name as the group headers. For the complete code listing, see the XAML data binding sample. For additional example code on grouping, see the XAML GridView grouping and SemanticZoom sample.


    <CollectionViewSource x:Name="groupInfoCVS" IsSourceGrouped="true"/>

  <ListBox x:Name="lbGroupInfoCVS" 
    ItemsSource="{Binding Source={StaticResource groupInfoCVS}}">


            <TextBlock Text="{Binding Key}" />



        <Border Background="{Binding Color}" 
          Width="200" CornerRadius="10" HorizontalAlignment="Left">

          <TextBlock Text="{Binding Name}" 
            Style="{StaticResource DescriptionTextStyle}" 
            HorizontalAlignment="Center" FontWeight="Bold"/>




Teams teams = new Teams();
var result = 
    from t in teams 
    group t by t.City into g 
    orderby g.Key 
    select g;
groupInfoCVS.Source = result;

Requirements (Windows 10 device family)

Device family

Universal, introduced version 10.0.10240.0

API contract

Windows.Foundation.UniversalApiContract, introduced version 1.0


Windows::UI::Xaml::Data [C++]



Requirements (Windows 8.x and Windows Phone 8.x)

Minimum supported client

Windows 8 [Windows Store apps only]

Minimum supported server

Windows Server 2012 [Windows Store apps only]

Minimum supported phone

Windows Phone 8.1 [Windows Runtime apps only]


Windows::UI::Xaml::Data [C++]





See also

Data binding in depth
XAML data binding sample
XAML GridView grouping and SemanticZoom sample



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