Binding.Converter property

Applies to Windows and Windows Phone

Gets or sets the converter object that is called by the binding engine to modify the data as it is passed between the source and target, or vice versa.


public IValueConverter Converter { get; set; }

<Binding Converter="converterReference"/>

XAML Values


A reference to an existing object that implements IValueConverter and functions as a converter. Typically the object is created in a ResourceDictionary and given a key, then referenced by using the StaticResource markup extension. For example: <Binding Converter="{StaticResource myConverter}" .../>

Property value

Type: IValueConverter

The IValueConverter object that modifies the data.


Create a converter by implementing the IValueConverter interface and implementing the Convert method. That method should return an object that is of the same type as the dependency property that the binding targets, or at least a type that can be implicitly coerced or converted to the target type.


To use your converter in a binding, first create an instance of your converter class. The following example shows this as a resource in a XAML file.

  <local:DateToStringConverter x:Key="Converter1"/>

Then set the Converter property for the binding to that instance.

<TextBlock Grid.Column="0" Margin="5,0"
  Text="{Binding Month, Converter={StaticResource Converter1}}"/>

Implement the converter code as follows.

// Custom class implements the IValueConverter interface.
public class DateToStringConverter : IValueConverter

    #region IValueConverter Members

    // Define the Convert method to change a DateTime object to 
    // a month string.
    public object Convert(object value, Type targetType, 
        object parameter, string language)
        // The value parameter is the data from the source object.
        DateTime thisdate = (DateTime)value;
        int monthnum = thisdate.Month;
        string month;
        switch (monthnum)
            case 1:
                month = "January";
            case 2:
                month = "February";
                month = "Month not found";

        // Return the month value to pass to the target.
        return month;

    // ConvertBack is not implemented for a OneWay binding.
    public object ConvertBack(object value, Type targetType, 
        object parameter, string language)
        throw new NotImplementedException();



Minimum supported client

Windows 8

Minimum supported server

Windows Server 2012

Minimum supported phone

Windows Phone 8.1 [Windows Runtime apps only]


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



See also

XAML data binding sample
Data binding overview



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