DXValidationProvider.ValidationMode Property

Gets or sets the validation mode.

Namespace: DevExpress.XtraEditors.DXErrorProvider

Assembly: DevExpress.XtraEditors.v20.1.dll


public ValidationMode ValidationMode { get; set; }
Public Property ValidationMode As ValidationMode

Property Value

Type Default Description


A DevExpress.XtraEditors.DXErrorProvider.ValidationMode enumeration value that specifies the validation mode.


By default, automatic checking is disabled. You should manualy invoke the validation mechanism when required. To do this, use the DXValidationProvider.Validate method.

To enable automatic validation, set the ValidationMode property to Auto. In this case, an editor's value will be automatically checked against the associated validation rule when data must be validated (for instance, when focus moves to another control).


This example demonstrates how to validate data via the DXValidationProvider component. In this example, validation rules (built-in and custom) are created in code, and associated with editors using the DXValidationProvider.SetValidationRule method.

The CustomValidationRule class represents a custom validation rule that checks whether the editor's value begins with "Dr.", "Mr.", "Mrs.", "Miss" or "Ms.".

using DevExpress.XtraEditors.DXErrorProvider;

// Validate editors manually (when the OK button is clicked)
dxValidationProvider1.ValidationMode = ValidationMode.Manual;

// ...
ConditionValidationRule containsValidationRule = new ConditionValidationRule();
containsValidationRule.ConditionOperator = ConditionOperator.Contains;
containsValidationRule.Value1 = '@';
containsValidationRule.ErrorText = "Please enter a valid email";
containsValidationRule.ErrorType = ErrorType.Warning;

CompareAgainstControlValidationRule compValidationRule = 
    new CompareAgainstControlValidationRule();
compValidationRule.Control = notEmptyTextEdit;
compValidationRule.CompareControlOperator = CompareControlOperator.Equals;
compValidationRule.ErrorText = "Please enter a value that equals to the first editor's value";
compValidationRule.CaseSensitive = true;

CustomValidationRule customValidationRule = new CustomValidationRule();
customValidationRule.ErrorText = "Please enter a valid person name";
customValidationRule.ErrorType = ErrorType.Warning;

dxValidationProvider1.SetValidationRule(containsTextEdit, containsValidationRule);
dxValidationProvider1.SetValidationRule(compareTextEdit, compValidationRule);
dxValidationProvider1.SetValidationRule(customTextEdit, customValidationRule);

private void buttonOk_Click(object sender, EventArgs e) {

// Represents a custom validation rule.
public class CustomValidationRule : ValidationRule {
    public override bool Validate(Control control, object value) {
        string str = (string)value;
        string[] values = new string[] { "Dr.", "Mr.", "Mrs.", "Miss", "Ms." };
        bool res = false;
        foreach(string val in values) {
            if(ValidationHelper.Validate(str, ConditionOperator.BeginsWith, 
                val, null, null, false)) {
                string name = str.Substring(val.Length);
                if(name.Trim().Length > 0) res = true;
        return res;
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