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CheckList Filtering

This article describe the filter types in RadGrid that enable filtering based on multiple selected values from a list.

FilterType CheckList

Apart from the default filtering that RadGrid supports, since Q3 2013 there is a support for filtering based on multiple selected values from a list. In order to enable this type of filtering you should set the FilterType property of RadGrid to either CheckList or Combined.

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Note that the CheckList filtering functionality works properly only for filterable type of columns or in other words such that implements the IGridDataColumn interface. In short the functionality columns ( Expand , RowIndicator , Button , EditCommand , DragDrop , and Splitter ) are not implementing this interface; therefore they could not be filtered.

In this mode when you click the filter menu icon a ListBox control with predefined values is displayed:

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When you set the FilterType property to Combined mode the best from both worlds is available:

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Please note that filtering functionality is not supported when using simple databinding (calling DataBind() method of RadGrid).

To specify what values will be displayed in the ListBox control you need to define its DataSource. For that you can use one of the following approaches:

  1. Using the RadGrid1_FilterCheckListItemsRequested event. This way the ListBox control rendered in the filter template will be automatically populated. (See Example 1)

    Example 1

    ASP.NET

    <telerik:RadGrid RenderMode="Lightweight" ID="RadGrid1" AllowFilteringByColumn="True" runat="server" FilterType="Combined"
        AllowPaging="True" OnFilterCheckListItemsRequested="RadGrid1_FilterCheckListItemsRequested"
        DataSourceID="SqlDataSource1">
        <CommandItemStyle />
        <MasterTableView DataSourceID="SqlDataSource1" AutoGenerateColumns="False" DataKeyNames="CustomerID">
            <Columns>
                <telerik:GridBoundColumn DataField="CustomerID" FilterCheckListEnableLoadOnDemand="false"
                    FilterControlAltText="Filter CustomerID column" HeaderText="CustomerID" ReadOnly="True"
                    SortExpression="CustomerID" UniqueName="CustomerID">
                </telerik:GridBoundColumn>
                <telerik:GridBoundColumn DataField="ContactName" FilterCheckListEnableLoadOnDemand="false"
                    FilterControlAltText="Filter ContactName column" HeaderText="ContactName" SortExpression="ContactName"
                    UniqueName="ContactName">
                </telerik:GridBoundColumn>
                <telerik:GridBoundColumn FilterCheckListEnableLoadOnDemand="true" DataField="City"
                    FilterControlAltText="Filter City column" HeaderText="City" SortExpression="City"
                    UniqueName="City">
                </telerik:GridBoundColumn>
                <telerik:GridBoundColumn FilterCheckListEnableLoadOnDemand="true" DataField="Country"
                    FilterControlAltText="Filter Country column" HeaderText="Country" SortExpression="Country"
                    UniqueName="Country">
                </telerik:GridBoundColumn>
            </Columns>
        </MasterTableView>
        <FilterMenu CssClass="RadFilterMenu_CheckList">
        </FilterMenu>
    </telerik:RadGrid>
    <asp:SqlDataSource ID="SqlDataSource1" runat="server" ConnectionString="<%$ ConnectionStrings:NorthwindConnectionString %>"
        SelectCommand="SELECT * FROM [Customers]"></asp:SqlDataSource>
    

    C#

    protected void RadGrid1_FilterCheckListItemsRequested(object sender, GridFilterCheckListItemsRequestedEventArgs e)
    {
        string DataField = (e.Column as IGridDataColumn).GetActiveDataField();
        e.ListBox.DataSource = GetDataTable(DataField);
        e.ListBox.DataKeyField = DataField;
        e.ListBox.DataTextField = DataField;
        e.ListBox.DataValueField = DataField;
        e.ListBox.DataBind();
    }
    
    public DataTable GetDataTable(string field)
    {
        string query = string.Format("SELECT DISTINCT {0} FROM Customers", field);
    
        String ConnString = ConfigurationManager.ConnectionStrings["NorthwindConnectionString"].ConnectionString;
        SqlConnection conn = new SqlConnection(ConnString);
        SqlDataAdapter adapter = new SqlDataAdapter();
        adapter.SelectCommand = new SqlCommand(query, conn);
    
        DataTable myDataTable = new DataTable();
    
        conn.Open();
        try
        {
            adapter.Fill(myDataTable);
        }
        finally
        {
            conn.Close();
        }
    
        return myDataTable;
    }
    

    VB

    Protected Sub RadGrid1_FilterCheckListItemsRequested(sender As Object, e As GridFilterCheckListItemsRequestedEventArgs)
        Dim DataField As String = TryCast(e.Column, IGridDataColumn).GetActiveDataField()
        e.ListBox.DataSource = GetDataTable(DataField)
        e.ListBox.DataKeyField = DataField
        e.ListBox.DataTextField = DataField
        e.ListBox.DataValueField = DataField
        e.ListBox.DataBind()
    End Sub
    
    Public Function GetDataTable(field As String) As DataTable
        Dim query As String = String.Format("SELECT DISTINCT {0} FROM Customers", field)
    
        Dim ConnString As [String] = ConfigurationManager.ConnectionStrings("NorthwindConnectionString").ConnectionString
        Dim conn As New SqlConnection(ConnString)
        Dim adapter As New SqlDataAdapter()
        adapter.SelectCommand = New SqlCommand(query, conn)
    
        Dim myDataTable As New DataTable()
    
        conn.Open()
        Try
            adapter.Fill(myDataTable)
        Finally
            conn.Close()
        End Try
    
        Return myDataTable
    End Function
    
  2. By providing a path to a Web Service which will provide the data. You specify the path using the CheckListWebServicePath property of RadGrid. Beside that you may need to set the name of the method that will provide the actual data to the ListBox control using the FilterCheckListWebServiceMethod property if you have more than one method defined in your web service. (See Example 2)

    Example 2

    ASP.NET

    <telerik:RadGrid RenderMode="Lightweight" runat="server" ID="RadGrid2" AllowFilteringByColumn="true" FilterType="CheckList"
        AllowPaging="true" PagerStyle-AlwaysVisible="true" AllowSorting="true">
        <MasterTableView AutoGenerateColumns="False" CheckListWebServicePath="NorthwindCustomersWcfService.svc"
            DataKeyNames="CustomerID" ClientDataKeyNames="CustomerID">
            <Columns>
                <telerik:GridBoundColumn FilterDelay="200" ShowFilterIcon="false" DataField="CompanyName"
                    HeaderText="Company Name">
                </telerik:GridBoundColumn>
                <telerik:GridBoundColumn FilterDelay="200" FilterCheckListWebServiceMethod="LoadCities"
                    DataField="City" HeaderText="City">
                </telerik:GridBoundColumn>
                <telerik:GridTemplateColumn FilterDelay="200" FilterCheckListWebServiceMethod="LoadCountries"
                    DataField="Country" HeaderText="Country">
                    <clientitemtemplate>
                        <img src='Img/#= Country #.gif' alt="" style="vertical-align: middle; margin-right: 7px;" />#= Country #
                    </clientitemtemplate>
                </telerik:GridTemplateColumn>
                <telerik:GridBoundColumn FilterDelay="200" FilterCheckListWebServiceMethod="LoadContactTitles"
                    DataField="ContactTitle" HeaderText="Contact Title">
                </telerik:GridBoundColumn>
                <telerik:GridBoundColumn FilterDelay="200" ShowFilterIcon="false" DataField="ContactName"
                    HeaderText="Contact Name">
                </telerik:GridBoundColumn>
                <telerik:GridBoundColumn FilterDelay="200" ShowFilterIcon="false" FilterCheckListWebServiceMethod="LoadPhones"
                    DataField="Phone" HeaderText="Phone">
                </telerik:GridBoundColumn>
            </Columns>
        </MasterTableView>
        <ClientSettings>
            <DataBinding Location="NorthwindCustomersWcfService.svc" SelectMethod="GetDataAndCount"
                SortParameterType="Linq" FilterParameterType="Linq">
            </DataBinding>
        </ClientSettings>
    </telerik:RadGrid>
    <asp:SqlDataSource ID="SqlDataSource2" ConnectionString="<%$ ConnectionStrings:NorthwindConnectionString %>"
        ProviderName="System.Data.SqlClient" SelectCommand="SELECT * FROM Orders" runat="server">
    </asp:SqlDataSource>
    

    C#

    [ServiceKnownType(typeof(Customer))]
    [ServiceContract(Namespace = "")]
    [AspNetCompatibilityRequirements(RequirementsMode = AspNetCompatibilityRequirementsMode.Allowed)]
    public class NorthwindCustomersWcfService
    {
        [OperationContract]
        public RadListBoxItemData[] LoadContactNames(Dictionary<string, object> context)
        {
            NorthwindReadOnlyDataContext northwind = new NorthwindReadOnlyDataContext();
            var allCustomers = (from customer in northwind.Customers
                                orderby customer.ContactName
                                select new RadListBoxItemData
                                {
                                    Text = customer.ContactName
                                }).Distinct();
    
            return allCustomers.ToArray<RadListBoxItemData>();
        }
        [OperationContract]
        public RadListBoxItemData[] LoadCompanyNames(Dictionary<string, object> context)
        {
            NorthwindReadOnlyDataContext northwind = new NorthwindReadOnlyDataContext();
            var allCustomers = (from customer in northwind.Customers
                                orderby customer.CompanyName
                                select new RadListBoxItemData
                                {
                                    Text = customer.CompanyName
                                }).Distinct();
    
            return allCustomers.ToArray<RadListBoxItemData>();
        }
        [OperationContract]
        public RadListBoxItemData[] LoadContactTitles(Dictionary<string, object> context)
        {
            NorthwindReadOnlyDataContext northwind = new NorthwindReadOnlyDataContext();
            var allCustomers = (from customer in northwind.Customers
                                orderby customer.ContactTitle
                                select new RadListBoxItemData
                                {
                                    Text = customer.ContactTitle
                                }).Distinct();
    
    
            return allCustomers.ToArray<RadListBoxItemData>();
        }
        [OperationContract]
        public RadListBoxItemData[] LoadCities(Dictionary<string, object> context)
        {
            NorthwindReadOnlyDataContext northwind = new NorthwindReadOnlyDataContext();
            var allCustomers = (from customer in northwind.Customers
                                orderby customer.City
                                select new RadListBoxItemData
                                {
                                    Text = customer.City
                                }).Distinct();
    
            return allCustomers.ToArray<RadListBoxItemData>();
        }
        [OperationContract]
        public RadListBoxItemData[] LoadCountries(Dictionary<string, object> context)
        {
            NorthwindReadOnlyDataContext northwind = new NorthwindReadOnlyDataContext();
            var allCustomers = (from customer in northwind.Customers
                                orderby customer.Country
                                select new RadListBoxItemData
                                {
                                    Text = customer.Country
                                }).Distinct();
    
            return allCustomers.ToArray<RadListBoxItemData>();
        }
        [OperationContract]
        public RadListBoxItemData[] LoadPhones(Dictionary<string, object> context)
        {
            NorthwindReadOnlyDataContext northwind = new NorthwindReadOnlyDataContext();
            var allCustomers = (from customer in northwind.Customers
                                orderby customer.Phone
                                select new RadListBoxItemData
                                {
                                    Text = customer.Phone
                                }).Distinct();
    
            return allCustomers.ToArray<RadListBoxItemData>();
        }
    
        [OperationContract]
        public ResultData GetDataAndCount(int startRowIndex, int maximumRows, string sortExpression, string filterExpression)
        {
            GridBindingData data = RadGrid.GetBindingData("LinqToSqlReadOnly.NorthwindReadOnlyDataContext", "Customers", startRowIndex, maximumRows, sortExpression, filterExpression);
    
            ResultData result = new ResultData();
            result.Data = data.Data.OfType<LinqToSqlReadOnly.Customer>().Select(c => new Customer()
                      {
                          CustomerID = c.CustomerID,
                          CompanyName = c.CompanyName,
                          ContactName = c.ContactName,
                          ContactTitle = c.ContactTitle,
                          City = c.City,
                          Country = c.Country,
                          Phone = c.Phone
                      }).ToList();
            result.Count = data.Count;
            return result;
        }
    
        public class ResultData
        {
            public int Count { get; set; }
            public List<Customer> Data { get; set; }
        }
    
        [DataContract]
        public class Customer
        {
            [DataMember]
            public string CustomerID { get; set; }
            [DataMember]
            public string CompanyName { get; set; }
            [DataMember]
            public string ContactName { get; set; }
            [DataMember]
            public string ContactTitle { get; set; }
            [DataMember]
            public string City { get; set; }
            [DataMember]
            public string Country { get; set; }
            [DataMember]
            public string Phone { get; set; }
        }
    }
    

    VB

    <ServiceKnownType(GetType(Customer))> _
    <ServiceContract([Namespace]:="")> _
    <AspNetCompatibilityRequirements(RequirementsMode:=AspNetCompatibilityRequirementsMode.Allowed)> _
    Public Class NorthwindCustomersWcfService
        <OperationContract()> _
        Public Function LoadContactNames(context As Dictionary(Of String, Object)) As RadListBoxItemData()
            Dim northwind As New NorthwindReadOnlyDataContext()
        Dim allCustomers = (From customer In northwind.CustomersOrder By customer.ContactNameNew RadListBoxItemData() With { _
            Key .Text = customer.ContactName _
        }).Distinct()
    
            Return allCustomers.ToArray(Of RadListBoxItemData)()
        End Function
        <OperationContract()> _
        Public Function LoadCompanyNames(context As Dictionary(Of String, Object)) As RadListBoxItemData()
            Dim northwind As New NorthwindReadOnlyDataContext()
        Dim allCustomers = (From customer In northwind.CustomersOrder By customer.CompanyNameNew RadListBoxItemData() With { _
            Key .Text = customer.CompanyName _
        }).Distinct()
    
            Return allCustomers.ToArray(Of RadListBoxItemData)()
        End Function
        <OperationContract()> _
        Public Function LoadContactTitles(context As Dictionary(Of String, Object)) As RadListBoxItemData()
            Dim northwind As New NorthwindReadOnlyDataContext()
        Dim allCustomers = (From customer In northwind.CustomersOrder By customer.ContactTitleNew RadListBoxItemData() With { _
            Key .Text = customer.ContactTitle _
        }).Distinct()
    
    
            Return allCustomers.ToArray(Of RadListBoxItemData)()
        End Function
        <OperationContract()> _
        Public Function LoadCities(context As Dictionary(Of String, Object)) As RadListBoxItemData()
            Dim northwind As New NorthwindReadOnlyDataContext()
        Dim allCustomers = (From customer In northwind.CustomersOrder By customer.CityNew RadListBoxItemData() With { _
            Key .Text = customer.City _
        }).Distinct()
    
            Return allCustomers.ToArray(Of RadListBoxItemData)()
        End Function
        <OperationContract()> _
        Public Function LoadCountries(context As Dictionary(Of String, Object)) As RadListBoxItemData()
            Dim northwind As New NorthwindReadOnlyDataContext()
        Dim allCustomers = (From customer In northwind.CustomersOrder By customer.CountryNew RadListBoxItemData() With { _
            Key .Text = customer.Country _
        }).Distinct()
    
            Return allCustomers.ToArray(Of RadListBoxItemData)()
        End Function
        <OperationContract()> _
        Public Function LoadPhones(context As Dictionary(Of String, Object)) As RadListBoxItemData()
            Dim northwind As New NorthwindReadOnlyDataContext()
        Dim allCustomers = (From customer In northwind.CustomersOrder By customer.PhoneNew RadListBoxItemData() With { _
            Key .Text = customer.Phone _
        }).Distinct()
    
            Return allCustomers.ToArray(Of RadListBoxItemData)()
        End Function
    
        <OperationContract()> _
        Public Function GetDataAndCount(startRowIndex As Integer, maximumRows As Integer, sortExpression As String, filterExpression As String) As ResultData
            Dim data As GridBindingData = RadGrid.GetBindingData("LinqToSqlReadOnly.NorthwindReadOnlyDataContext", "Customers", startRowIndex, maximumRows, sortExpression, filterExpression)
    
            Dim result As New ResultData()
        result.Data = data.Data.OfType(Of LinqToSqlReadOnly.Customer)().[Select](Function(c) New Customer() With { _
            Key .CustomerID = c.CustomerID, _
            Key .CompanyName = c.CompanyName, _
            Key .ContactName = c.ContactName, _
            Key .ContactTitle = c.ContactTitle, _
            Key .City = c.City, _
            Key .Country = c.Country, _
            Key .Phone = c.Phone _
        }).ToList()
            result.Count = data.Count
            Return result
        End Function
    
        Public Class ResultData
            Public Property Count() As Integer
                Get
                    Return m_Count
                End Get
                Set(value As Integer)
                    m_Count = value
                End Set
            End Property
            Private m_Count As Integer
            Public Property Data() As List(Of Customer)
                Get
                    Return m_Data
                End Get
                Set(value As List(Of Customer))
                    m_Data = value
                End Set
            End Property
            Private m_Data As List(Of Customer)
        End Class
    
        <DataContract()> _
        Public Class Customer
            <DataMember()> _
            Public Property CustomerID() As String
                Get
                    Return m_CustomerID
                End Get
                Set(value As String)
                    m_CustomerID = value
                End Set
            End Property
            Private m_CustomerID As String
            <DataMember()> _
            Public Property CompanyName() As String
                Get
                    Return m_CompanyName
                End Get
                Set(value As String)
                    m_CompanyName = value
                End Set
            End Property
            Private m_CompanyName As String
            <DataMember()> _
            Public Property ContactName() As String
                Get
                    Return m_ContactName
                End Get
                Set(value As String)
                    m_ContactName = value
                End Set
            End Property
            Private m_ContactName As String
            <DataMember()> _
            Public Property ContactTitle() As String
                Get
                    Return m_ContactTitle
                End Get
                Set(value As String)
                    m_ContactTitle = value
                End Set
            End Property
            Private m_ContactTitle As String
            <DataMember()> _
            Public Property City() As String
                Get
                    Return m_City
                End Get
                Set(value As String)
                    m_City = value
                End Set
            End Property
            Private m_City As String
            <DataMember()> _
            Public Property Country() As String
                Get
                    Return m_Country
                End Get
                Set(value As String)
                    m_Country = value
                End Set
            End Property
            Private m_Country As String
            <DataMember()> _
            Public Property Phone() As String
                Get
                    Return m_Phone
                End Get
                Set(value As String)
                    m_Phone = value
                End Set
            End Property
            Private m_Phone As String
        End Class
    End Class
    

FilterType HeaderContext

This filtering type provides look and feel that resembles the filter in Excel. It is available for RadGrid since Q3 2015. To enable this mode you should set the FilterType property of RadGrid to HeaderContext. Then you need to turn on the header context menu (EnableHeaderContextMenu="true") and the context filter menu (EnableHeaderContextFilterMenu="true").

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If you are using client-side binding the header context menu must be disabled (EnableHeaderContextMenu="false"). Additionally you should populate the HeaderContext filter menu by using a Web Service instead of using LoadOnDemand feature.

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The code snippets below showcase a sample scenario where the HeaderContext FilterType is enabled.

<telerik:RadGrid RenderMode="Lightweight" runat="server" ID="RadGrid1"
    OnNeedDataSource="RadGrid1_NeedDataSource"
    AutoGenerateColumns="false"
    AllowFilteringByColumn="true"
    FilterType="HeaderContext"
    OnFilterCheckListItemsRequested="RadGrid1_FilterCheckListItemsRequested">

    <MasterTableView CommandItemDisplay="Top" DataKeyNames="ID" EnableHeaderContextMenu="true" EnableHeaderContextFilterMenu="true">

        <Columns>
            <telerik:GridBoundColumn DataField="ID" HeaderText="ID" UniqueName="ID">
            </telerik:GridBoundColumn>
            <telerik:GridBoundColumn DataField="Name" HeaderText="Name" UniqueName="Name" FilterCheckListEnableLoadOnDemand="true">
            </telerik:GridBoundColumn>
            <telerik:GridBoundColumn DataField="Description" HeaderText="Description" UniqueName="Description">
            </telerik:GridBoundColumn>
        </Columns>
    </MasterTableView>
</telerik:RadGrid>
protected void RadGrid1_NeedDataSource(object sender, Telerik.Web.UI.GridNeedDataSourceEventArgs e)
{
    DataTable data = new DataTable();

    data.Columns.Add("ID", typeof(int));
    data.Columns.Add("Name");
    data.Columns.Add("Description");

    for (int i = 1; i < 31; i++)
    {
        data.Rows.Add(i, "Name" + (i % 5).ToString(), "Description" + i.ToString());
    }

    RadGrid1.DataSource = data;
}

protected void RadGrid1_FilterCheckListItemsRequested(object sender, GridFilterCheckListItemsRequestedEventArgs e)
{
    List<string> names = new List<string>();
    names.Add("Name0");
    names.Add("Name1");
    names.Add("Name2");
    names.Add("Name3");
    names.Add("Name4");

    e.ListBox.DataSource = names;
    e.ListBox.DataBind();
}
Protected Sub RadGrid1_NeedDataSource(sender As Object, e As Telerik.Web.UI.GridNeedDataSourceEventArgs)
    Dim data As New DataTable()

    data.Columns.Add("ID", GetType(Integer))
    data.Columns.Add("Name")
    data.Columns.Add("Description")

    For i As Integer = 1 To 30
        data.Rows.Add(i, "Name" + (i Mod 5).ToString(), "Description" + i.ToString())
    Next

    RadGrid1.DataSource = data
End Sub

Protected Sub RadGrid1_FilterCheckListItemsRequested(sender As Object, e As GridFilterCheckListItemsRequestedEventArgs)
    Dim names As New List(Of String)()
    names.Add("Name0")
    names.Add("Name1")
    names.Add("Name2")
    names.Add("Name3")
    names.Add("Name4")

    e.ListBox.DataSource = names
    e.ListBox.DataBind()
End Sub

As with checklist filtering there will be a ListBox that displays the available values. You need to provide DataSource for the ListBox. You can use any of the data binding approaches described above. When the ListBox is data bound there will be a TextBox displayed above it that can be used to filter the items displayed in the ListBox.

tip

If you want the filters to cascade (contain only values present in the grid data source), you will need to provide an appropriate data source to the ListBox in the FilterCheckListItemsRequested event. You can get the current grid filter from the grid.MasterTableView.FilterExpression.ToString() line so you can use it in your own data source query. Read more on how filter expressions look like in the Operate with the FilterExpression Manually article.

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