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TreeList Selection

The treelist component offers support for row selection.

In this article:

Selection Basics

You can configure the selection behavior by setting SelectionMode to a member of the Telerik.Blazor.TreeListSelectionMode enum. The row selection can be:

To select a row, click on it. To select multiple rows, hold down the Ctrl or Shift key to extend the selection.

You can also use a checkbox column to select rows. To use it, add a TreeListCheckboxColumn in the TreeListColumns collection of the treelist. It works with both selection modes. With multiple selection mode, the checkbox column offers additional functionality.

You can get or set the selected items through the SelectedItems property. It is a collection of items from the treelist's Data.

The single selection and multiple selection articles provide more examples and details on using the treelist features.

Example - Enable Row Selection (multiple)

@* See how to enable selection and use the SelectedItems the TreeList provides *@

<TelerikTreeList Data="@Data"


                 Pageable="true" Width="850px">
        <TreeListCheckboxColumn />
        <TreeListColumn Field="Name" Expandable="true" Width="320px" />
        <TreeListColumn Field="Id" Editable="false" Width="120px" />
        <TreeListColumn Field="EmailAddress" Width="200px" />
        <TreeListColumn Field="HireDate" Width="220px" />

@if (SelectedItems.Any())
    @foreach (Employee item in SelectedItems)

@code {
    public List<Employee> Data { get; set; }
    public IEnumerable<Employee> SelectedItems { get; set; } = Enumerable.Empty<Employee>();

    // sample model

    public class Employee
        public int Id { get; set; }
        public List<Employee> DirectReports { get; set; }
        public string Name { get; set; }
        public string EmailAddress { get; set; }
        public DateTime HireDate { get; set; }

    // data generation

    // used in this example for data generation and retrieval for CUD operations on the current view-model data
    public int LastId { get; set; } = 1;

    protected override async Task OnInitializedAsync()
        Data = await GetTreeListData();

    async Task<List<Employee>> GetTreeListData()
        List<Employee> data = new List<Employee>();

        for (int i = 1; i < 15; i++)
            Employee root = new Employee
                Id = LastId,
                Name = $"root: {i}",
                EmailAddress = $"{i}",
                HireDate = DateTime.Now.AddYears(-i),
                DirectReports = new List<Employee>(),

            for (int j = 1; j < 4; j++)
                int currId = LastId;
                Employee firstLevelChild = new Employee
                    Id = currId,
                    Name = $"first level child {j} of {i}",
                    EmailAddress = $"{currId}",
                    HireDate = DateTime.Now.AddDays(-currId),
                    DirectReports = new List<Employee>(),

                for (int k = 1; k < 3; k++)
                    int nestedId = LastId;
                    firstLevelChild.DirectReports.Add(new Employee
                        Id = LastId,
                        Name = $"second level child {k} of {j} and {i}",
                        EmailAddress = $"{nestedId}",
                        HireDate = DateTime.Now.AddMinutes(-nestedId)
                    }); ;

        return await Task.FromResult(data);


Editing Modes

InCell Edit Mode

In the Incell EditMode selection can be applied only via a checkbox column (<TreeListCheckboxColumn />). This is required due to the overlapping action that triggers selection and InCell editing (clicking in the row) - if row click selection was enabled with InCell editing, each attempt to select a row would put a cell in edit mode; and each attempt to edit a cell would select a new row. Such user experience is confusing, and so selection will only work through the row selection checkbox.

To see how to select the row that is being edited in InCell edit mode without using a <TreeListCheckboxColumn /> check out the Grid Row Selection in Edit with InCell EditMode Knowledge Base article - it is for the Grid component, but the concept is the same.

Inline and PopUp Edit Modes

In Inline EditMode and PopUp EditMode selection can be done by clicking on the desired row or by using a < TreeListCheckboxColumn />.

Selection in Template

When using the treelist Template and you want to stop the Selection from being triggered when the user clicks in it, you should add the @onclick:stopPropagation directive to the element.

Prevent row selection from happening when the user clicks inside a template

<TreeListColumn Field=@nameof(Product.ProductId) Title="Id">
        <span @onclick:stopPropagation>
            <TelerikNumericTextBox Value="@((context as Product).ProductId)"></TelerikNumericTextBox>

If you are using the Row Template, the treelist cannot render selection checkboxes for you, so you have to bind them yourself to a field in the model, and handle their selection changed event to populate the SelectedItems collection of the treelist. You can find an example to get started in the following thread (it is for the grid, but the concept is identical): Grid Row Template with Selection - Unsure how to Bind to Selected Item

Asynchronous Operations

Asynchronous operations such as loading data on demand should be handled in the OnExpand event rather than in the SelectedItemsChanged event. In a future version, the component may expose an event like RowClick for such operations.

Handle Data Changes

When the treelist Data collection changes, the SelectedItems collection has the following behavior:

  • If the treelist does not use an ObservableCollection for its Data - The SelectedItems collection will be preserved. You need to clear or manipulate it when the data is changed according to your needs and business logic.

    • If you update or delete an item, you must make the same update in the selected items through the treelist editing events.
  • When using an ObservableCollection for the treelist Data- If an item is removed or the entire data is cleared using the collection's .Clear() method, it will automatically update the SelectedItems collection too (the removed Data items will be removed from the Selected Items collection).

    • The other CRUD operations (Create and Update), you should use the treelist editing events to handle the situation according to your business logic and preferred behavior.
    • When the data changes and the selected items are cleared, the SelectedItemsChanged event will fire with the empty collection. If you are using two-way binding, the collection will be cleared.

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