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Overview

The Xamarin.Forms Picker control, which can be opened as a dialog, allows users to pick an item from a list that can be modified with custom views. Its rich feature set includes functionalities like data binding, multiple-column layout, cascading selection, and headers and footers with custom views.


Data binding

Data binding works out-of-the-box for the most popular data sources. The Picker control can automatically generate its columns based on data source structure

Xamarin.Forms picker to select a color

Default

When the Picker control populates a collection in a row, it will automatically be assumed as a single-column picker.

Xamarin.Forms picker control with two columns to select a state based on country

Cascading

The Picker control can populate two or more collections in a row. Also, users can define a column’s data source based on selected items from another column for a particular use case. For example, you can define two columns, “Country” and “State”, where the “State” column’s data source is dependent on the “Country” column’s selected item, thus creating a country-state picker.


Dialog

Picker can either be set directly to a layout as stand-alone or can show as a dialog on button click.

Picker control with dialog


Header content to annotate the usage of the Xamarin.Forms picker control

Control header

Define a title or custom view as a header that describes the usage of the Picker control.

Xamarin.Forms picker control with column header text to annotate date-time picker columns

Column header

You can provide a separate heading for each column. Column headers are completely customizable with different fonts, text colors, etc.


The Xamarin.Forms picker control provides validation buttons (OK and Cancel) in the footer, which determines whether or not to perform the selection operation. Also, the footer can hold a custom view.

Xamarin.Forms picker control with validation buttons in the footer

The default footer contains validation buttons (OK and Cancel).

Picker control footer with custom views for validation, reset, and selecting current date

Footers can have a custom view.


Custom template

The Xamarin.Forms picker control accepts a template for picker items that can change their appearance.

Picker control items with image annotations as content using templates


Custom picker

With simple customization, the Xamarin.Forms picker control can be used as a date, time, and language picker.

Date picker using the Xamarin.Forms picker control

Date picker

Select a date with the date picker.

Time picker using the Xamarin.Forms picker control

Time picker

Select a time with the time picker.

Language picker using the Xamarin.Forms picker control

Language picker

Select a language with the language picker.


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