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Custom Functions in the Expression Editor (ASP.NET MVC)

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This topic describes how to add a custom function to the Expression Editor or remove a function from the list of available functions.

The custom function described in this topic is available in the Expression Editor invoked from the Report Designer. If you want your custom function to be available for SQL queries in the Data Source Wizard or elsewhere in the application outside of Report components, implement the ICustomFunctionOperatorFormattable interface and register the function with the CriteriaOperator.RegisterCustomFunction method. Review the following help topic for more information: Custom Functions.

Add a Custom Function

Implement a Custom Function

To create a custom function, create an object that descends from the ReportCustomFunctionOperatorBase abstract class.

The following code defines a custom function CustomFormatFunction(string format, object arg0):

using DevExpress.XtraReports.Expressions;
using System;

    public class CustomFormatFunction : ReportCustomFunctionOperatorBase
        public override string FunctionCategory
            => "Custom";
        public override string Description
            => "CustomFormatFunction(string format, object arg0)" +
            "\r\nConverts an arg0 value to a string based on a specified format";
        public override bool IsValidOperandCount(int count)
            => count == 2;
        public override bool IsValidOperandType(int operandIndex, int operandCount, Type type)
            => true;
        public override int MaxOperandCount
            => 2;
        public override int MinOperandCount
            => 2;
        public override object Evaluate(params object[] operands)
            string res = String.Format(operands[0].ToString(), operands[1]);
            return res;
        public override string Name
            => "CustomFormatFunction";
        public override Type ResultType(params Type[] operands)
            return typeof(string);

Register a Function

Call the CustomFunctions.Register method at application startup:

void Application_Start(object sender, EventArgs e) {
    // ...
    DevExpress.XtraReports.Expressions.CustomFunctions.Register(new CustomFormatFunction());


The following image shows a custom function (CustomFormatFunction) in the list of available functions in the Expression Editor:

Remove a Function from the List of Available Functions

Handle the BeforeRender event and remove a function from the DevExpress.Reporting.Designer.Widgets.reportFunctionDisplay collection. To get access to a function, use the following notation, where index is a function category index:


The following code removes the LocalDateTimeThisYear function from the DateTime category:

<script type="text/javascript">
    function OnBeforeRender(event) {
        delete DevExpress.Reporting.Designer.Widgets.reportFunctionDisplay[1].items["LocalDateTimeThisYear"];

    var designerRender = Html.DevExpress().ReportDesigner("reportDesigner")
        .ClientSideEvents(configure => configure.BeforeRender("OnBeforeRender"))

Unregister a Function

If you remove a function from the DevExpress.Reporting.Designer.Widgets.reportFunctionDisplay collection on the client, the function is still registered and expressions with that function remain valid and can be evaluated. You can type the function name and compose a new expression manually.

If you have registered a custom function, you can call the CustomFunctions.Unregister method at application startup to unregister it:

void Application_Start(object sender, EventArgs e) {
    // ...

After this code is executed, the CustomFormatFunction function is not available in the Expression Editor and won’t be evaluated in expressions.