Filter TagHelper Overview

The Telerik UI Filter TagHelper for ASP.NET Core is a server-side wrapper for the Kendo UI Filter widget.

The Filter is a unified control for filtering data-bound components that have a data source. The user interface of the Filter is useful for data-bound components that do not have a built-in UI for filtering but are required to provide filter options—for example, the ListView, Chart, and Scheduler.

You can add or remove the fields by which the data will be filtered and select the global logic of the filters (AND or OR) and the filter operator for each field (contains or equals). You can apply the filtering through a built-in button or through an API call. You can also select the name by which the fields will be displayed to the user and localize the filter operators and messages.

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Initializing the Filter

To use the Filter, you have to define a standalone data source and pass it by name to the filter and to the data-bound control that will use it.

The following example demonstrates how to:

  • Tie a filter to a data source.
  • Display the filtered data in a grid.
  • Use human-readable names for the fields.
  • Set an initial filter expression.
<kendo-datasource type="DataSourceTagHelperType.Ajax" name="dataSource1" server-operation="false">
        <read url="@Url.Action("GetPeople", "Filter")" />

    @using Kendo.Mvc
    var InitialExpression = new CompositeFilterDescriptor
        LogicalOperator = FilterCompositionLogicalOperator.And
    InitialExpression.FilterDescriptors.Add(new FilterDescriptor { Member = "Age", Value = 30, Operator = FilterOperator.IsGreaterThanOrEqualTo });
    InitialExpression.FilterDescriptors.Add(new FilterDescriptor { Member = "Name", Value = "Doe", Operator = FilterOperator.Contains });

<kendo-filter name="filter" apply-button="true" expression-preview="true" datasource-id="dataSource1" expression="@InitialExpression">
        <filter-field name="Name" type="string" label="Name"></filter-field>
        <filter-field name="Age" type="number" label="Age"></filter-field>
        <filter-field name="IsOnLeave" type="boolean" label="On Vacation"></filter-field>

<kendo-grid name="grid" datasource-id="dataSource1">
        <column field="Name" title="Employee Name" />
        <column field="Age" title="Employee Age" />
        <column field="IsOnLeave" title="On Vacation" />

    $(document).ready(function () {
        // Apply filtering immediately after the widget initialization because an initial filter is set.
using Kendo.Mvc.Extensions;
using Kendo.Mvc.UI;

public class FilterController : BaseController

    public IActionResult GetPeople([DataSourceRequest]DataSourceRequest request)
        var people = new List<SampleData>() {
            new SampleData()  { Name = "Jane Doe", Age = 25, IsOnLeave = false },
             new SampleData() { Name = "John Doe", Age = 33, IsOnLeave = true },
             new SampleData() { Name = "John Smith", Age = 37, IsOnLeave = true },
             new SampleData() { Name = "Nathan Doe", Age = 42, IsOnLeave = false }
        return Json(people.ToDataSourceResult(request));

    public IActionResult Index()
        return View();
public class SampleData
    public int Age { get; set; }
    public string Name { get; set; }
    public bool IsOnLeave { get; set; }

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