ASP.NET MVC Grid Wildcard Filtering–Like operator setup

ASP.NET Team Blog
07 March 2013

A powerful way to filter the DevExpress ASP.NET MVC GridView is to use the “Like” operator with wildcards:


How to Enable

1. First, you’ll need to enable AutoFilterRow by setting the Settings.ShowFilterRow to true. The Header Filter (AutoFilterRow) to allow your end-users to filter the individual columns.

2. Then you’ll need to set the columns to support the “Like” filter condition. You can either set it explicitly on the column. This uses the “Like” operator as the default.

3. If you would like to give your end-users a choice then enable the Filter Row Menu using the ShowFilterRowMenu property. And be sure to also set the GridViewDataColumnSettings.ShowFilterRowMenuLikeItem property on the column.

Take a look at this code below which sets up the “Product Name” column to use the like operator:

    settings =>
        settings.Name = "gvFilterRow";
        settings.CallbackRouteValues = new { Controller = "GridView", Action = "FilterRowPartial" };
        settings.Width = Unit.Percentage(100);

        settings.Columns.Add(column => {
            column.FieldName = "ProductName";
            column.Settings.AutoFilterCondition = AutoFilterCondition.Like;
        settings.Columns.Add(column => {
            column.FieldName = "CategoryID";
            column.Caption = "Category";

            column.ColumnType = MVCxGridViewColumnType.ComboBox;
            var comboBoxProperties = column.PropertiesEdit as ComboBoxProperties;
            comboBoxProperties.DataSource = NorthwindDataProvider.GetCategories();
            comboBoxProperties.TextField = "CategoryName";
            comboBoxProperties.ValueField = "CategoryID";
            comboBoxProperties.ValueType = typeof(int);
            comboBoxProperties.DropDownStyle = DropDownStyle.DropDown;
        settings.Columns.Add("UnitPrice").PropertiesEdit.DisplayFormatString = "c";
        settings.Columns.Add("Discontinued", MVCxGridViewColumnType.CheckBox);

        settings.Settings.ShowFilterRow = true;
        settings.Settings.ShowFilterRowMenu = true;
        settings.CommandColumn.Visible = true;
        settings.CommandColumn.ClearFilterButton.Visible = true;

This provides your end-users with one of the most powerful GridView filtering options available:

Wildcard Filtering

The Like item allows end-users to create filter expressions with wildcards:

- the '%' symbol - substitutes zero or more characters;
- the '_' symbol - substitutes a single character.

The Like menu item's tooltip displays help text that explains which wildcards are supported:

Represents the LIKE operator that determines whether a specific character string matches a specified pattern or not.

The following wildcard characters are supported:

% matches a string of zero or more characters. For instance:CriteriaOperator.Parse("Name like 'Jo%'") - returns all the objects whose Name begins with 'Jo'.
CriteriaOperator.Parse("Name like '%car%'") - returns all the objects whose Name contains the 'car' substring.

_ matches a single character. For instance:CriteriaOperator.Parse("Name like 'car_'") - returns all the objects whose Name consists of four characters and begins with 'car'.

[ ] identifies a single character within the specified range ([a-c]) or set ([abc]). For instance:CriteriaOperator.Parse("Name like '[A-C]%'") - returns all the objects whose Name begins with 'A', 'B' or 'C'.

[ ^ ] excludes a single character not within the specified range ([^a-c]) or set ([^abc]). For instance:CriteriaOperator.Parse("Name like 're[^de]%'") - returns all the objects whose Name begins with 're', and where the following letter is not 'd' or 'e'.

See Criteria Language Syntax to learn more.


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2 comment(s)
mayur sharma
mayur sharma

I have user your tool but it take so much time to fill the Gridview. After fill the grid sorting and filtering take around 10-15 seconded. Give me the suggestion to solve that problems...

9 March 2013
Mehul Harry (DevExpress)
Mehul Harry (DevExpress)


For large datasets, you should use the DevExpress "server mode" feature:

9 March 2013

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