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PivotGridControl.CustomFieldSort Event

Allows you to provide a custom sorting algorithm for the field values.

Namespace: DevExpress.XtraPivotGrid

Assembly: DevExpress.XtraPivotGrid.v20.2.dll


public event PivotGridCustomFieldSortEventHandler CustomFieldSort

Event Data

The CustomFieldSort event's data class is PivotGridCustomFieldSortEventArgs. The following properties provide information specific to this event:

Property Description
Data For internal use.
Field Gets the field whose values are being compared.
Handled Gets or sets whether a comparison operation is being handled, so no default processing is required.
ListSourceRowIndex1 Gets the index in the data source for the first of the two rows being compared.
ListSourceRowIndex2 Gets the index in the data source for the second of the two rows being compared.
Result Gets or sets the result of a custom comparison.
SortLocation Gets a target UI element to whose values sorting is applied.
SortOrder Gets the sort order applied to the field.
Value1 Gets the first value being compared.
Value2 Gets the second value being compared.

The event data class exposes the following methods:

Method Description
GetListSourceColumnValue(Int32, String) Gets a value from the specified row and column.
GetSortResult() For internal use.
SetArgs(ICustomSortRowsEventArgs) Initializes the PivotGridCustomFieldSortEventArgsBase<T> instance with values obtained from the specified object. For internal use.


The CustomFieldSort event occurs for the field whose PivotGridFieldBase.SortMode property is set to the PivotSortMode.Custom value. Handle the CustomFieldSort event to provide a custom sorting algorithm for the field values.


In OLAP or server mode, handle the PivotGridControl.CustomServerModeSort event instead.

How to Sort Field Values in Pivot Grid

The CustomFieldSort event fires for pairs of field values before they are grouped according to the layout of column and row fields. To establish a new sort order, follow the steps listed below.

  1. Get values to compare from the e.Value1 and e.Value2 properties.
  2. Compare these values and assign the result to the e.Result property as follows:

    • -1 if the first value should be placed before the second value when values are sorted in ascending order. When values are sorted in descending order, the first value is after the second value.
    • 1 if the first value should be placed after the second value when values are sorted in ascending order. When values are sorted in descending order, the first value is placed before the second value.
    • 0 to indicate that the values are equal. The rows are grouped into one field value.


    Values are sorted before grouping. If the values are equal (the e.Result is set to 0), they are in the same group.

    To get additional field values from the data source, call the e.GetListSourceColumnValue method with the following parameters:

  3. Set the e.Handled property to true to finalize the comparison and use the e.Result value. Otherwise, the default comparison is in effect and e.Result is ignored.


The CustomFieldSort event occurs in different situations in PivotDataProcessingEngine.Legacy and PivotDataProcessingEngine.LegacyOptimized modes because of the different workflow - the legacy engine aggregates data after sorting performed at the data source level, while the optimized engine sorts the aggregated data. The legacy engine raises the CustomFieldSort event more often to compare different rows of data. The optimized engine raises the event to compare the resulting data groups.

However, you can still use the e.ListSourceRowIndex1 and e.ListSourceRowIndex2 properties and the e.GetListSourceColumnValue method. They return the data from the first data row included in the processed group.

How to Sort Filter Values in Filter Drop-Down

Handle the CustomFieldSort event to sort unique filter values in the Filter Drop-Down. To determine whether the data comes from the filter, check the e.SortLocation property - its value is PivotSortLocation.Filter or PivotSortLocation.GroupFilter.


A field value in a filter relates to multiple rows in the underlying data source. The ListSourceRowIndex1 and ListSourceRowIndex2 properties are always -1 when the event fires for the field located in the Filter Drop-Down.


This example demonstrates how to sort a field (Sales Person) by the hidden data field values (Last Name) in the pivot’s column header (the field’s SortLocation is Pivot ). If a field is located in a filter popup, a custom comparison method is used to to sort the field values.


The complete sample project CustomFieldSort - How to Use a Hidden Field to Sort the Visible Field is available in the DevExpress Examples repository.

using DevExpress.XtraEditors;
using DevExpress.XtraPivotGrid;
using System;
using System.Collections;

namespace CustomFieldSortExample
    public partial class Form1 : XtraForm
        public Form1()
            pivotGridControl1.CustomFieldSort += new PivotGridCustomFieldSortEventHandler(pivotGridControl1_CustomFieldSort);

        private void Form1_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
            excelDataSource1.FileName = "SalesPerson.xlsx";

        private void checkEdit1_CheckedChanged(object sender, EventArgs e)
            fieldSalesPerson1.SortMode = ((CheckEdit)sender).Checked ? PivotSortMode.Custom : PivotSortMode.Default;
        void pivotGridControl1_CustomFieldSort(object sender, PivotGridCustomFieldSortEventArgs e)
            if (e.Field.FieldName == "Sales Person")
                if (e.SortLocation == PivotSortLocation.Pivot)
                    object orderValue1 = e.GetListSourceColumnValue(e.ListSourceRowIndex1, "Last Name"),
                        orderValue2 = e.GetListSourceColumnValue(e.ListSourceRowIndex2, "Last Name");
                    e.Result = Comparer.Default.Compare(orderValue1, orderValue2);
                    e.Result = Comparer.Default.Compare(e.Value1.ToString().Split(' ')[1], e.Value2.ToString().Split(' ')[1]);
                e.Handled = true;
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