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Client-Side Programming Overview

This help articles demonstrates how to get reference to the RadFilter client object and cover its main properties, methods and events.

Getting RadFilter client object

To get reference of the RadFilter client-side object, you can use one of the following approaches:

  • Using the $find(id) method (shortcut for the findComponent() method) of the ASP.NET AJAX framework:
<telerik:RadCodeBlock ID="RadCodeBlock1" runat="server">
    <script type="text/javascript">
        function GetRadFilter() {
            var filter = $find("<%= RadFilter1.ClientID %>");
  • Subscribing for the OnFilterCreated client-side event of the control. In its handler the sender argument references the RadFilter client object:
<telerik:RadCodeBlock ID="RadCodeBlock2" runat="server">
    <script type="text/javascript">
        var filter = null;
        function FilterCreated(sender, eventArgs) {
            filter = sender;
<telerik:RadFilter RenderMode="Lightweight" ID="RadFilter1" runat="server">
        <ClientEvents OnFilterCreated="OnFilterCreated" />

Properties and events

The RadFilter provides the .get_contextMenu() property with which the RadContextMenu used for displaying the fields of the field editors and the filter functions is accessed. You can find more information on it in the Customizing the Menu and Enable Scrolling for ContextMenu in RadFilter help topics.

The following table lists the events you should be aware of when working with the RadFilter control:


Event Description
OnFilterCreated This client-side event is fired after the RadFilter is created.
OnFilterCreating This client-side event is fired before the RadFilter is created.
OnFilterDestroying This client-side event is fired when RadFilter object is destroyed, i.e. on each window.onunload.
OnMenuShowing This client-side event is fired before the RadFilter.ContextMenu is shown.
OnMenuShown This client-side event is fired when the RadFilter.ContextMenu is shown.


The RadFilter provides means for client-side manipulation of its functionality. Below are listed the client-side methods of the RadFilter client object:


Method Description
fireCommand(command, argument) Method which triggers the specific command with the corresponding arguments for the RadFilter when executed.
addExpression(ownerIndex) Method which adds a new expression at the level specified by the ownerIndex parameter.
addGroup(ownerIndex) Method which adds a new group at the level specified by the ownerIndex parameter.
changeGroupOperator(ownerIndex, groupOperator) Method which changes the group operation of the group at the level specified by the ownerIndex parameter to the value of the groupOperator parameter.
changeFilterFunction(ownerIndex, filterFunction) Method which changes the filter function of the expression at the level specified by the ownerIndex parameter to the value of the filterFunction parameter.
changeExpressionFieldName(ownerIndex, fieldName) Method which changes the field name of the expression at the level specified by the ownerIndex parameter to the value of the fieldName parameter.
applyExpressions() Method which raises the ApplyExpressions command.

The following example shows how to add a new expression to the second group of the RadFilter below and how to change the root group operation: Before

<telerik:RadFilter RenderMode="Lightweight" runat="server" ID="RadFilter1" Skin="Black">
        <telerik:RadFilterTextFieldEditor FieldName="ShipName" />
        <telerik:RadFilterDateFieldEditor FieldName="OrderDate" />
<input type="button" value="Add expression to filter" onclick="filterAddExpression();" />
<input type="button" value="Change group operation" onclick="filterGroupOperation();" />
<telerik:RadCodeBlock ID="RadCodeBlock1" runat="server">
    <script type="text/javascript">

        function filterAddExpression() {
            var filter = $find("<%= RadFilter1.ClientID %>");

        function filterGroupOperation() {
            var filter = $find("<%= RadFilter1.ClientID %>");
            filter.changeGroupOperator("0", "Or")


Here is the same RadFilter after the both buttons have been clicked: After

Please note that all methods from the client-side API fire commands to the server and trigger a postback. If you have two or more subsequent calls to any of the client methods, only the last one will be executed.

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