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DataTemplate class

Describes the visual structure of a data object. Use data binding for specific elements in the template that display the data values.




public class DataTemplate : FrameworkTemplate

<DataTemplate ...>

XAML Values


The tree of objects that defines this DataTemplate. The tree must have a single root element, and that root element can have zero or more child elements.


The DataTemplate class has these types of members:


The DataTemplate class has these constructors.

DataTemplate Initializes a new instance of the DataTemplate class.



The DataTemplate 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)
LoadContent Creates the UIElement objects in the DataTemplate.
ReadLocalValue Returns the local value of a dependency property, if a local value is set. (Inherited from DependencyObject)
SetValue Sets the local value of a dependency property on a DependencyObject. (Inherited from DependencyObject)



The DataTemplate 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)



A DataTemplate object is used as the value for these properties:

You typically use a DataTemplate to specify the visual representation of your data. DataTemplate objects are particularly useful when you are binding an ItemsControl such as a ListBox to an entire collection. Without specific instructions, a ListBox displays the string representation of the objects in a collection. Use a DataTemplate to define the appearance of each of your data objects. The content of your DataTemplate becomes the visual structure of your data objects.

You typically use data binding in a DataTemplate. For example, suppose that a ListBox is bound to a collection of Customer objects and has the ItemTemplate property set to a DataTemplate. When the ListBox is created, a ListBoxItem is created for each Customer in the collection, and the DataContext of the ListBoxItem is set to the appropriate customer. In other words, the DataContext of the first ListBoxItem is set to the first customer, the DataContext of the second ListBoxItem is set to the second customer, and so on. You can bind elements in the DataTemplate to show property values that come from each of the Customer objects.

You can also use a DataTemplate to share UIElement objects across multiple ContentControl objects. For example, suppose you need multiple buttons on your application to have the same graphic. You can create a DataTemplate that contains the graphic and use it as the ContentTemplate for the buttons. A data template for ContentTemplate can also use data binding. But in this case the data context is the same as the element where the template's applied. Usually this is one data object, and there's no concept of items.

You can place a DataTemplate as the direct child of an ItemTemplate property element in XAML. This is know as an inline template and you'd do this if you had no need to use that same data template for other areas of your UI. You can also define a DataTemplate as a resource and then reference the resource as the value of the ItemTemplate property. Once it's a resource, you can use the same template for multiple UI elements that need a data template. If you factor the data template into Application.Resources, you can even share the same template for different pages of your UI.

The XAML usage for contents of a data template is not exposed as a settable code property. It is special behavior built into the XAML processing for a DataTemplate.

For advanced data binding scenarios, you might want to have properties of the data determine which template should produce their UI representations. For this scenario, you can use a DataTemplateSelector and set properties such as ItemTemplateSelector to assign it to a data view. A DataTemplateSelector is a logic class you write yourself, which has a method that returns exactly one DataTemplate to the binding engine based on your own logic interacting with your data. For more info, see Data binding in depth.


The following example uses a DataTemplate to display the items of a ListBox. In this example, the ListBox is bound to a collection of Customer objects. The DataTemplate contains TextBlock controls that bind to the FirstName, LastName, and Address properties. For more info on data binding, see Data binding in depth.

        <src:Customers x:Key="customers"/>

    <ListBox ItemsSource="{StaticResource customers}" Width="350" Margin="0,5,0,10">
                <StackPanel Orientation="Horizontal">
                    <TextBlock Padding="5,0,5,0"
          Text="{Binding FirstName}" />
                    <TextBlock Text="{Binding LastName}" />
                    <TextBlock Text=", " />
                    <TextBlock Text="{Binding Address}" />

The following example shows the Customer class and the collection that the ListBox is bound to.

public class Customer
    public String FirstName { get; set; }
    public String LastName { get; set; }
    public String Address { get; set; }

    public Customer(String firstName, String lastName, String address)
        this.FirstName = firstName;
        this.LastName = lastName;
        this.Address = address;


public class Customers : ObservableCollection<Customer>
    public Customers()
        Add(new Customer("Michael", "Anderberg",
                "12 North Third Street, Apartment 45"));
        Add(new Customer("Chris", "Ashton",
                "34 West Fifth Street, Apartment 67"));
        Add(new Customer("Cassie", "Hicks",
                "56 East Seventh Street, Apartment 89"));
        Add(new Customer("Guido", "Pica",
                "78 South Ninth Street, Apartment 10"));


Requirements (Windows 10 device family)

Device family


API contract

Windows.Foundation.UniversalApiContract, introduced version 1.0


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





See also

Data binding in depth
ResourceDictionary and XAML resource references



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