CollectionViewSource Class

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The XAML proxy of a collection view class.

Inheritance Hierarchy


Namespace: System.Windows.Data
Assembly: System.Windows (in System.Windows.dll)
XMLNS for XAML: Not mapped to an xmlns.


Public Class CollectionViewSource _
    Inherits DependencyObject _
    Implements ISupportInitialize
public class CollectionViewSource : DependencyObject, 
<CollectionViewSource .../>

The CollectionViewSource type exposes the following members.


Name Description
CollectionViewSource Initializes a new instance of the CollectionViewSource class.



Name Description
Culture Gets or sets the cultural information for any operations of the view that might differ by culture, such as sorting.
Dispatcher Gets the Dispatcher this object is associated with. (Inherited from DependencyObject.)
GroupDescriptions Gets a collection of GroupDescription objects that describe how items in the collection are grouped in the view.
SortDescriptions Gets a collection of SortDescription objects that describe how the items in the collection are sorted in the view.
Source Gets or sets the collection object from which to create this view.
View Gets the view object that is currently associated with this instance of CollectionViewSource.



Name Description
CheckAccess Determines whether the calling thread has access to this object. (Inherited from DependencyObject.)
ClearValue Clears the local value of a dependency property. (Inherited from DependencyObject.)
DeferRefresh Enters a defer cycle that you can use to merge changes to the view and delay automatic refresh.
Equals(Object) Determines whether the specified Object is equal to the current Object. (Inherited from Object.)
Finalize Allows an object to try to free resources and perform other cleanup operations before the Object is reclaimed by garbage collection. (Inherited from Object.)
GetAnimationBaseValue Returns any base value established for a Windows Phone dependency property, which would apply in cases where an animation is not active. (Inherited from DependencyObject.)
GetHashCode Serves as a hash function for a particular type. (Inherited from Object.)
GetType Gets the Type of the current instance. (Inherited from Object.)
GetValue Returns the current effective value of a dependency property from a DependencyObject. (Inherited from DependencyObject.)
MemberwiseClone Creates a shallow copy of the current Object. (Inherited from Object.)
OnCollectionViewTypeChanged Invoked when the collection view type changes.
OnSourceChanged Invoked when the Source property changes.
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.)
ToString Returns a string that represents the current object. (Inherited from Object.)



Name Description
Filter Provides filtering logic.



Name Description
SourceProperty Identifies the Source dependency property.
ViewProperty Identifies the View dependency property.


Explicit Interface Implementations

Name Description
ISupportInitialize..::.BeginInit Signals the object that initialization is starting.
ISupportInitialize..::.EndInit Signals the object that initialization is complete.



CollectionViewSource is a proxy for a class that implements ICollectionView. CollectionViewSource enables XAML code to set the commonly used ICollectionView properties, passing these settings to the underlying view. CollectionViewSource has a View property that holds the actual view and a Source property that holds the source collection. The view is generated automatically unless the source collection implements ICollectionViewFactory, in which case the view is retrieved through the CreateView method.

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 grouping 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.


The following code example demonstrates the use of this class in XAML to apply sorting to a data source. The data is also defined in XAML to enable you to see the effects of the CollectionViewSource in the interface designer in Visual Studio 2010.

Version Information

Windows Phone OS

Supported in: 8.1, 8.0, 7.1, 7.0


Windows Phone

Thread Safety

Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

See Also


System.Windows.Data Namespace

Other Resources

How to create a data binding for Windows Phone