How to bind a List to a ComboBox?


Question

I want to connect a BindingSource to a list of class objects and then objects value to a ComboBox.
Can anyone suggest how to do it?

public class Country
{
    public string Name { get; set; }
    public IList<City> Cities { get; set; }

    public Country()
    {
        Cities = new List<City>();
    }
}

is my class and I want to bind its name field to a BindingSource which could be then associated with a ComboBox

1
96
12/14/2018 12:59:37 AM

Accepted Answer

As you are referring to a combobox, I'm assuming you don't want to use 2-way databinding (if so, look at using a BindingList)

public class Country
{
    public string Name { get; set; }
    public IList<City> Cities { get; set; }
    public Country(string _name)
    {
        Cities = new List<City>();
        Name = _name;
    }
}



List<Country> countries = new List<Country> { new Country("UK"), 
                                     new Country("Australia"), 
                                     new Country("France") };

bindingSource1.DataSource = countries;

comboBox1.DataSource = bindingSource1.DataSource;

comboBox1.DisplayMember = "Name";
comboBox1.ValueMember = "Name";

To find the country selected in the bound combobox, you would do something like: Country country = (Country)comboBox1.SelectedItem;.

If you want the ComboBox to dynamically update you'll need to make sure that the data structure that you have set as the DataSource implements IBindingList; one such structure is BindingList<T>.


Tip: make sure that you are binding the DisplayMember to a Property on the class and not a public field. If you class uses public string Name { get; set; } it will work but if it uses public string Name; it will not be able to access the value and instead will display the object type for each line in the combo box.

145
4/24/2019 2:47:19 PM

For a backgrounder, there are 2 ways to use a ComboBox/ListBox

1) Add Country Objects to the Items property and retrieve a Country as Selecteditem. To use this you should override the ToString of Country.

2) Use DataBinding, set the DataSource to a IList (List<>) and use DisplayMember, ValueMember and SelectedValue

For 2) you will need a list of countries first

// not tested, schematic:
List<Country> countries = ...;
...; // fill 

comboBox1.DataSource = countries;
comboBox1.DisplayMember="Name";
comboBox1.ValueMember="Cities";

And then in the SelectionChanged,

if (comboBox1.Selecteditem != null)
{
   comboBox2.DataSource=comboBox1.SelectedValue;

}

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