TreeListNode Class

Represents a node of the Tree List control.

Namespace: DevExpress.XtraTreeList.Nodes

Assembly: DevExpress.XtraTreeList.v20.1.dll


public class TreeListNode :
Public Class TreeListNode
    Implements ICloneable

Related API Members

The following members accept/return TreeListNode objects:

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Tree List nodes are organized in a hierarchical structure using parent-child relationships. Every node can have child nodes stored in the TreeListNode.Nodes collection.

The TreeList.Nodes property maintains a collection of root nodes. These nodes are located at the zero level of the hierarchy (their TreeListNode.Level property returns 0). They do not have parents and thus their TreeListNode.ParentNode property returns null (Nothing in Visual Basic). The children of root nodes reside at a level of 1, their children reside at a level of 2 and so on.

Tree List nodes can be expanded to display the next level of child nodes. An end-user can expand a node by pressing its plus (+) button (if it is displayed). In code, you can expand a node by setting the TreeListNode.Expanded property to true. Setting the property to false hides child nodes. When the node is expanded or collapsed the following events are generated: TreeList.BeforeExpand, TreeList.AfterExpand and TreeList.BeforeCollapse, TreeList.AfterCollapse.

The TreeListNode.HasChildren property specifies whether the node has children. You can manually set the property to true to display a plus (+) button within the node (ensure that the TreeListOptionsView.ShowButtons option is enabled). An end-user can press it and thus generate the TreeList.BeforeExpand event. This can be used to implement node dynamic loading. Please refer to the How to: Implement Virtual Mode (Dynamic Loading) in Unbound Mode topic for details.

You can display up to two images in nodes. Assign image lists to the TreeList.SelectImageList and TreeList.StateImageList properties for this purpose. There are a number of ways images can be assigned to individual nodes. Refer to the description of the following members for details: TreeList.ImageIndexFieldName, TreeListNode.SelectImageIndex, TreeListNode.StateImageIndex, TreeList.GetSelectImage and TreeList.GetStateImage.

The Tree List provides support for node drag-and-drop in the current control and even to another Tree List control. By default, when moving a node to another position it becomes a child of the target node. If the SHIFT key is pressed, the dragged node is dropped before the target node.

To enable node drag-and-drop, use the TreeListOptionsDragAndDrop.DragNodesMode property. For information on node drag-and-drop to another Tree List control, see TreeList.CustomizeNewNodeFromOuterData. You can control drag-and-drop operations by handling the TreeList.BeforeDragNode, TreeList.AfterDragNode, TreeList.DragCancelNode and TreeList.CustomizeNewNodeFromOuterData events.

It is possible to create your own nodes that override the default behavior. The following public members can be overridden: TreeListNode.GetDisplayText, TreeListNode.Data, TreeListNode.Expanded, TreeListNode.HasChildren and TreeListNode.Item. To use your own nodes, it is necessary to create a descendant of the TreeList class and override the protected TreeList.CreateNode method.


The following example creates a TreeList at runtime and shows how to perform basic customization tasks:

  • Bind the treelist to a data source
  • Specify the key fields that form a hierarchy
  • Access automatically created columns
  • Set a custom row height
  • Customize column captions (using HTML tags) and cell appearance settings
  • Create unbound columns and create Excel-style format conditions based on these column values
  • Assign an in-place editor (a spin editor) to columns
  • Sort data
  • Calculate total summaries
  • Filter nodes
  • Hide columns and calculate column "best" widths
  • Locate and expand nodes
  • Focus a specific cell
  • Specify DataAnnotation attributes at the data source level (the "p0" display format for the MarketShare field)


using DevExpress.XtraEditors;
using DevExpress.XtraEditors.Repository;
using DevExpress.XtraTreeList;
using DevExpress.XtraTreeList.Columns;
using DevExpress.XtraTreeList.Nodes;
using DevExpress.XtraTreeList.StyleFormatConditions;
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.ComponentModel.DataAnnotations;
using System.Windows.Forms;

namespace TreeList_example {
    public partial class Form1 : Form {
        public Form1() {

        private void Form1_Load(object sender, EventArgs e) {
            TreeList treeList1 = new TreeList();
            treeList1.Parent = this;
            treeList1.Dock = DockStyle.Fill; 
            //Specify the fields that arrange underlying data as a hierarchy.
            treeList1.KeyFieldName = "ID";
            treeList1.ParentFieldName = "RegionID";
            //Allow the treelist to create columns bound to the fields the KeyFieldName and ParentFieldName properties specify.
            treeList1.OptionsBehavior.PopulateServiceColumns = true;
            //Specify the data source.
            treeList1.DataSource = SalesDataGenerator.CreateData();
            //The treelist automatically creates columns for the public fields found in the data source. 
            //You do not need to call the TreeList.PopulateColumns method unless the treeList1.OptionsBehavior.AutoPopulateColumns option is disabled.

            //Change the row height.
            treeList1.RowHeight = 23;

            //Access the automatically created columns.
            TreeListColumn colRegion = treeList1.Columns["Region"];
            TreeListColumn colMarchSales = treeList1.Columns["MarchSales"];
            TreeListColumn colSeptemberSales = treeList1.Columns["SeptemberSales"];
            TreeListColumn colMarchSalesPrev = treeList1.Columns["MarchSalesPrev"];
            TreeListColumn colSeptemberSalesPrev = treeList1.Columns["SeptemberSalesPrev"];
            TreeListColumn colMarketShare = treeList1.Columns["MarketShare"];

            //Hide the key columns. An end-user can access them from the Customization Form.
            treeList1.Columns[treeList1.KeyFieldName].Visible = false;
            treeList1.Columns[treeList1.ParentFieldName].Visible = false;

            //Format column headers and cell values.
            colMarchSalesPrev.Caption = "<i>Previous <b>March</b> Sales</i>";
            colSeptemberSalesPrev.Caption = "<i>Previous <b>September</b> Sales</i>";
            treeList1.OptionsView.AllowHtmlDrawHeaders = true;
            colMarchSalesPrev.AppearanceCell.Font = new System.Drawing.Font(colMarchSalesPrev.AppearanceCell.Font, System.Drawing.FontStyle.Italic);
            colSeptemberSalesPrev.AppearanceCell.Font = new System.Drawing.Font(colSeptemberSalesPrev.AppearanceCell.Font, System.Drawing.FontStyle.Italic);

            //Create two hidden unbound columns that calculate their values from expressions.
            TreeListColumn colUnboundMarchChange = treeList1.Columns.AddField("FromPrevMarchChange");
            colUnboundMarchChange.Caption = "Change from prev March";
            colUnboundMarchChange.UnboundType = DevExpress.XtraTreeList.Data.UnboundColumnType.Decimal;
            colUnboundMarchChange.UnboundExpression = "[MarchSales]-[MarchSalesPrev]";
            TreeListColumn colUnboundSeptemberChange = treeList1.Columns.AddField("FromPrevSepChange");
            colUnboundSeptemberChange.Caption = "Change from prev September";
            colUnboundSeptemberChange.UnboundType = DevExpress.XtraTreeList.Data.UnboundColumnType.Decimal;
            colUnboundSeptemberChange.UnboundExpression = "[SeptemberSales]-[SeptemberSalesPrev]";
            colUnboundMarchChange.OptionsColumn.ShowInCustomizationForm = false;
            colUnboundSeptemberChange.OptionsColumn.ShowInCustomizationForm = false;

            //Make the Region column read-only.
            colRegion.OptionsColumn.ReadOnly = true;

            //Sort data against the Region column
            colRegion.SortIndex = 0;

            //Apply a filter.
            treeList1.ActiveFilterString = "[MarchSales] > 10000";

            //Calculate two total summaries against root nodes.
            colMarchSales.SummaryFooter = DevExpress.XtraTreeList.SummaryItemType.Sum;
            colMarchSales.SummaryFooterStrFormat = "Total={0:c0}";
            colMarchSales.AllNodesSummary = false;
            colSeptemberSales.SummaryFooter = DevExpress.XtraTreeList.SummaryItemType.Sum;
            colSeptemberSales.SummaryFooterStrFormat = "Total={0:c0}";
            colSeptemberSales.AllNodesSummary = false;
            treeList1.OptionsView.ShowSummaryFooter = true;

            //Use a 'SpinEdit' in-place editor for the *Sales columns.
            RepositoryItemSpinEdit riSpinEdit = new RepositoryItemSpinEdit();
            riSpinEdit.DisplayFormat.FormatType = DevExpress.Utils.FormatType.Numeric;
            riSpinEdit.DisplayFormat.FormatString = "c0";
            colMarchSales.ColumnEdit = riSpinEdit;
            colMarchSalesPrev.ColumnEdit = riSpinEdit;
            colSeptemberSales.ColumnEdit = riSpinEdit;
            colSeptemberSalesPrev.ColumnEdit = riSpinEdit;

            //Apply Excel-style formatting: display predefined 'Up Arrow' and 'Down Arrow' icons based on the unbound column values.
            TreeListFormatRule rule1 = new TreeListFormatRule();
            rule1.Rule = createThreeTrianglesIconSetRule();
            rule1.Column = colUnboundMarchChange;
            rule1.ColumnApplyTo = colMarchSales;
            TreeListFormatRule rule2 = new TreeListFormatRule();
            rule2.Rule = createThreeTrianglesIconSetRule();
            rule2.Column = colUnboundSeptemberChange;
            rule2.ColumnApplyTo = colSeptemberSales;

            //Do not stretch columns to the treelist width.
            treeList1.OptionsView.AutoWidth = false;

            //Locate a node by a value it contains.
            TreeListNode node1 = treeList1.FindNodeByFieldValue("Region", "North America");
            //Focus and expand this node.
            treeList1.FocusedNode = node1;
            node1.Expanded = true;

            //Locate a node by its key field value and expand it.
            TreeListNode node2 = treeList1.FindNodeByKeyID(32);//Node 'Asia'

            //Calculate the optimal column widths after the treelist is shown.
            this.BeginInvoke(new MethodInvoker(delegate {

        FormatConditionRuleIconSet createThreeTrianglesIconSetRule() {
            FormatConditionRuleIconSet ruleIconSet = new FormatConditionRuleIconSet();
            FormatConditionIconSet iconSet = ruleIconSet.IconSet = new FormatConditionIconSet();
            FormatConditionIconSetIcon icon1 = new FormatConditionIconSetIcon();
            FormatConditionIconSetIcon icon2 = new FormatConditionIconSetIcon();
            FormatConditionIconSetIcon icon3 = new FormatConditionIconSetIcon();
            //Choose predefined icons. 
            icon1.PredefinedName = "Triangles3_3.png";
            icon2.PredefinedName = "Triangles3_2.png";
            icon3.PredefinedName = "Triangles3_1.png";
            //Specify the type of threshold values. 
            iconSet.ValueType = FormatConditionValueType.Number;
            //Define ranges to which icons are applied by setting threshold values. 
            icon1.Value = Decimal.MinValue;
            icon1.ValueComparison = FormatConditionComparisonType.GreaterOrEqual;
            icon2.Value = 0;
            icon2.ValueComparison = FormatConditionComparisonType.GreaterOrEqual;
            icon3.Value = 0;
            icon3.ValueComparison = FormatConditionComparisonType.Greater;
            //Add icons to the icon set. 
            return ruleIconSet;

    public class SalesData {
        static int UniqueID = 37;
        public SalesData() {
            ID = UniqueID++;
        public SalesData(int id, int regionId, string region, decimal marchSales, decimal septemberSales, decimal marchSalesPrev, decimal septermberSalesPrev, double marketShare) {
            ID = id;
            RegionID = regionId;
            Region = region;
            MarchSales = marchSales;
            SeptemberSales = septemberSales;
            MarchSalesPrev = marchSalesPrev;
            SeptemberSalesPrev = septermberSalesPrev;
            MarketShare = marketShare;
        public int ID { get; set; }
        public int RegionID { get; set; }
        public string Region { get; set; }
        public decimal MarchSales { get; set; }
        public decimal SeptemberSales { get; set; }
        public decimal MarchSalesPrev { get; set; }
        public decimal SeptemberSalesPrev { get; set; }

        [DisplayFormat(DataFormatString = "p0")]
        public double MarketShare { get; set; }

    public class SalesDataGenerator {
        public static List<SalesData> CreateData() {
            List<SalesData> sales = new List<SalesData>();
            sales.Add(new SalesData(0, -1, "Western Europe", 30540, 33000, 32220, 35500, .70));
            sales.Add(new SalesData(1, 0, "Austria", 22000, 28000, 26120, 28500, .92));
            sales.Add(new SalesData(2, 0, "France", 23020, 27000, 20120, 29200, .51));
            sales.Add(new SalesData(3, 0, "Germany", 30540, 33000, 32220, 35500, .93));
            sales.Add(new SalesData(4, 0, "Spain", 12900, 10300, 14300, 9900, .82));
            sales.Add(new SalesData(5, 0, "Switzerland", 9323, 10730, 7244, 9400, .14));
            sales.Add(new SalesData(6, 0, "United Kingdom", 14580, 13967, 15200, 16900, .91));

            sales.Add(new SalesData(17, -1, "Eastern Europe", 22500, 24580, 21225, 22698, .62));
            sales.Add(new SalesData(18, 17, "Belarus", 7315, 18800, 8240, 17480, .34));
            sales.Add(new SalesData(19, 17, "Bulgaria", 6300, 2821, 5200, 10880, .8));
            sales.Add(new SalesData(20, 17, "Croatia", 4200, 3890, 3880, 4430, .29));
            sales.Add(new SalesData(21, 17, "Russia", 22500, 24580, 21225, 22698, .85));

            sales.Add(new SalesData(26, -1, "North America", 31400, 32800, 30300, 31940, .84));
            sales.Add(new SalesData(27, 26, "USA", 31400, 32800, 30300, 31940, .87));
            sales.Add(new SalesData(28, 26, "Canada", 25390, 27000, 5200, 29880, .64));

            sales.Add(new SalesData(29, -1, "South America", 16380, 17590, 15400, 16680, .32));
            sales.Add(new SalesData(30, 29, "Argentina", 16380, 17590, 15400, 16680, .88));
            sales.Add(new SalesData(31, 29, "Brazil", 4560, 9480, 3900, 6100, .10));

            sales.Add(new SalesData(32, -1, "Asia", 20388, 22547, 22500, 25756, .52));
            sales.Add(new SalesData(34, 32, "India", 4642, 5320, 4200, 6470, .44));
            sales.Add(new SalesData(35, 32, "Japan", 9457, 12859, 8300, 8733, .70));
            sales.Add(new SalesData(36, 32, "China", 20388, 22547, 22500, 25756, .82));
            return sales;



The following sample code implements the custom node to be used in the Tree List control. The CreateNode method of the TreeList class is overridden to use the created node descendant.

The MyNode class is derived from the TreeListNode to allow assigning custom heights to nodes. The Height property is declared for this purpose.

The MyTreeList class is derived from TreeList to use the custom node within the Tree List control. The RaiseCalcNodeHeight method is overridden to assign node heights with respect to the Height property of custom nodes.

After the code has been written you can use the Tree List descendant in your applications.

using DevExpress.XtraTreeList;
using DevExpress.XtraTreeList.Nodes;

public class MyNode : TreeListNode {
   protected int heightCore;
   // using the inherited constructor to initialize the node
   // and assigning the default value to the Height property
   public MyNode(int id, TreeListNodes owner) : base(id, owner) {
      this.heightCore = -1;
   // specifies the height of an individual node
   public int Height {
      get { return heightCore; }
      set {
         if(value < -1) return;
         if(value > -1 && value < 6) value = 6;
         if(Height != value) {
            heightCore = value;
            if(TreeList != null)
public class MyTreeList : TreeList {
   public MyTreeList() {
      // disabling automatic node height calculations
      this.OptionsBehavior.AutoNodeHeight = false;
   // overriding the CreateNode method to use custom nodes
   protected override TreeListNode CreateNode(int nodeID, TreeListNodes owner, object tag) {
      return new MyNode(nodeID, owner);
   // overriding the method that calculated the height of a node
   // assigning the height of the processed node as specified by its Height property
   protected override void RaiseCalcNodeHeight(TreeListNode node, ref int nodeHeight) {
      MyNode _myNode = node as MyNode;
      if(_myNode != null) {
         nodeHeight = _myNode.Height;
      else base.RaiseCalcNodeHeight(node, ref nodeHeight);


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