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Sorting is possible in two ways either programmatically by adding the appropriate SortDescriptor to the SortDescriptors collection of RadListView, or by enabling the user to sort by clicking a column header in DetailsView.

Enabling sorting on header click is done by setting both EnableSorting and EnableColumnSort property to true.

Enable column sorting

radListView1.EnableSorting = true;
radListView1.EnableColumnSort = true;

RadListView1.EnableColumnSort = True
RadListView1.EnableSorting = True

The following code snippet demonstrates how to add a SortDescriptor to RadListView:

Adding SortDescriptors

radListView1.EnableSorting = true;
SortDescriptor sort = new SortDescriptor("Free Space", ListSortDirection.Ascending);

RadListView1.EnableSorting = True
Dim sort = New SortDescriptor("Free Space", ListSortDirection.Ascending)

Here is the sorted data:

Before sorting After sorting
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Custom sorting

RadListView provides a flexible mechanism for achieving custom sorting by creating a custom comparer. The following code snippet demonstrates this. Although a SortDescriptor for the Number column is added, the items are sorted considering the Freight value:

Custom sorting

private void Form_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
    this.radListView1.ViewType = ListViewType.DetailsView;
    Random rand = new Random();
    for (int i = 0; i < 10; i++)
        ListViewDataItem item = new ListViewDataItem();
        item[0] = i;
        item[1] = (decimal)(rand.NextDouble() * Int32.MaxValue);

    this.radListView1.SortDescriptors.Add(new Telerik.WinControls.Data.SortDescriptor("Number", ListSortDirection.Ascending));
    this.radListView1.ListViewElement.DataView.Comparer = new ListViewCustomComparer(this.radListView1.ListViewElement);
    this.radListView1.EnableSorting = true;

public class ListViewCustomComparer : IComparer<ListViewDataItem>
    RadListViewElement listViewElement;

    public ListViewCustomComparer(RadListViewElement listViewElement)
        this.listViewElement = listViewElement;

    public int Compare(ListViewDataItem x, ListViewDataItem y)
        decimal row1Freight = (decimal)x["Freight"];
        decimal row2Freight = (decimal)y["Freight"];
        if (row1Freight > row2Freight)
            return 1;
        else if (row1Freight < row2Freight)
            return -1;
            return 0;

Private Sub Form_Load(sender As Object, e As EventArgs)
    Me.RadListView1.ViewType = ListViewType.DetailsView
    Dim rand As New Random()
    For i As Integer = 0 To 9
        Dim item As New ListViewDataItem()
        item(0) = i
        item(1) = CDec(rand.NextDouble() * Int32.MaxValue)
    Me.RadListView1.SortDescriptors.Add(New Telerik.WinControls.Data.SortDescriptor("Number", ListSortDirection.Ascending))
    Me.RadListView1.ListViewElement.DataView.Comparer = New ListViewCustomComparer(Me.RadListView1.ListViewElement)
    Me.RadListView1.EnableSorting = True
End Sub
Public Class ListViewCustomComparer
Implements IComparer(Of ListViewDataItem)
    Private listViewElement As RadListViewElement
    Public Sub New(listViewElement As RadListViewElement)
        Me.listViewElement = listViewElement
    End Sub
    Public Function [Compare](x As ListViewDataItem, y As ListViewDataItem) As Integer Implements IComparer(Of ListViewDataItem).[Compare]
        Dim row1Freight As Decimal = CDec(x("Freight"))
        Dim row2Freight As Decimal = CDec(y("Freight"))
        If row1Freight > row2Freight Then
            Return 1
        ElseIf row1Freight < row2Freight Then
            Return -1
            Return 0
        End If
    End Function
End Class

Basic sorting Custom sorting
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Note that the entire sort operation is defined by this comparer. This means that you should take into account the contents of the SortDescriptors collection the RadListView when implementing this custom comparer (that is why the RadListViewElement is passed as an argument to the constructor of the above comparer).

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