RadDataGrid supports grouping operations either through the UI or programmatically. When grouping through code, you can achieve the functionality by utilizing the control's GroupDescriptors collection.

Figure 1: Grouped RadDataGrid

You can choose one of the following approaches to achieve the grouping:

  • Add a PropertyGroupDescriptor: using a property from the model as a group key.
  • Add a DelegateGroupDescriptor: create a custom group key which you can use.

All GroupDescriptors are located in the Telerik.XamarinForms.Common.Data namespace: xmlns:common="clr-namespace:Telerik.XamarinForms.Common.Data;assembly=Telerik.XamarinForms.Common"


The PropertyGroupDescriptor is used to group the data in a DataGrid by property from the class that defines your objects.

To use the PropertyGroupDescriptor you have to set its property PropertyName.

  • PropertyName (string): Gets or sets the name of the property that is used to retrieve the key to group by.

You can easily sort the groups in ascending or descending order using the SortOrder property.

PropertyGroupDescriptor Example

            <common:PropertyGroupDescriptor PropertyName="Country"/>


The difference between the DelegateGroupDescriptor and the PropertyGroupDescriptor is that DelegateGroupDescriptor groups data by a custom Key while the PropertyGroupDescriptor groups by a defined Key which is a property from our model.

You have to set the following property of the DelegateGroupDescriptor:

  • KeyLookup: Gets or sets the IKeyLookup instance that is used to retrieve the group key for each data item.

You can easily sort the groups in ascending or descending order using the SortOrder property.

You have to create a class that implements the IKeyLookup interface which will return the Key you want to group by. Then you need to add the DelegateGroupDescriptor to the RadDataGrid.GroupDescriptors collection and set its KeyLookUp property.

DelegateGroupDescriptor Example

The Custom IKeyLookup implementation

class CustomIKeyLookup : IKeyLookup
    public object GetKey(object instance)
        return (instance as Club).Country[0];

Adding it to the GroupDescriptors collection of the RadDataGrid:

this.grid.GroupDescriptors.Add(new DelegateGroupDescriptor() { KeyLookup = new CustomIKeyLookup() });

See Also

Is this article helpful? Yes / No
Thank you for your feedback!

Give article feedback

Tell us how we can improve this article