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The WinForms ListView control allows users to select an item or multiple items from a list-like interface. Data can be sorted, grouped, and filtered with ease. Selecting can be easily done with a check box and grouped items can be selected through an intuitive check box in the group header. Any UI control can be loaded as the header at the top of the drop-down to perform customized actions like search and filter.

Data binding

Data binding support is provided for DataTable, DataView and all data collections implementing IEnumerable type data sources such as IList, IBindingList, and more.

data binding in windows forms listview

High performance

The WinForms listview has been built from the ground up with an optimized reuse strategy to achieve the best performance, even when loading large data sets.

high performance windows forms listview

Data shaping and manipulation

windows forms listview sorting


Sort data programmatically. Custom sorting logic is also supported.

windows forms listview filtering


Set predicates to easily filter and view data as needed.

windows forms listview grouping


Group by a property from the code or with custom grouping logic. The group caption can also be customized by adding images, text, and more.

real time update in windows forms listview

Real-time updates

Sort and group data in real time.


  • Select list view items through single, multiple, and multi-extended selection modes.
  • Highlight items on mouse over with hot tracking.
  • Apply a background and foreground color to the selected item.

Autofit items

Dynamically change the size of items to enhance readability.

auto fit item based on content in windows forms listview

Check box

checkbox selection in windows forms listview


Select multiple items and easily identify the selected items for end users.

checkbox selection with data bound mode in windows forms listview

Data bound mode

Supports bound values for displaying check boxes.

select all items mode in windows forms listview

Select all items

Provides support to select all the list view items.

Check box selection

Built-in support for check box selection with CheckOnItemClick, SelectOnCheck, SynchronizeSelection, and default modes.

recursive checkbox selection mode for group headers in windows forms listview

Recursive checking

Supports selecting all the list view items based on groups. A check box will be shown in the group header, and the items related to that group can be selected all at once by clicking the check box.

Appearance formatting

windows forms listview showing image in items


Load images next to each list item, including group headers.

conditional styling in windows forms listview

Conditional styling

Apply styles such as background color, foreground color, and font to each item on a conditional basis.

custom drawing in windows forms listview

Custom drawing

Make a custom drawing for every list item.

Freeze a header at the top of the control. The header can be customized by adding the text, image or custom control.

windows forms listview showing footer

Freeze a footer at the bottom of the control. The footer can be customized by adding the text, image or custom control.


Display a tooltip to view the list item details on mouse hover.

showing tooltip in windows forms listview


localization of windows forms listview


Static text in the list view can be localized to any desired language.

right to left mode in windows forms listview

Right to left

Supports RTL text. The alignment of the list view can also be set to left-to-right or right-to-left.


The WinForms ListView control supports built-in Office 2016 themes:

  • Colorful
  • Black
  • Dark Gray
  • White


Supports various accessibility features to make applications available to a wide variety of users.

WinForms ListView Code Example

Easily get started with the WinForms ListView using a few simple lines of C# code example as demonstrated below. Also explore our WinForms ListView Example that shows you how to render and configure the WinForms ListView.

using Syncfusion.WinForms.ListView;
namespace WinFormsApp1
    public partial class Form1 : Form
        public Form1()
            List<string> usStates = new List<string>();
            SfListView sfListView = new SfListView();
            sfListView.Location = new Point(100, 100);
            sfListView.Size = new Size(160, 200);
            sfListView.DataSource = usStates;


Frequently Asked Questions

You can find our WinForms ListView demo on

GitHub location.

No, this is a commercial product and requires a paid license. However, a free community license is also available for companies and individuals whose organizations have less than $1 million USD in annual gross revenue, 5 or fewer developers, and 10 or fewer total employees.

A good place to start would be our comprehensive getting started documentation.

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