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GroupBand Class

The base for the GroupHeaderBand and GroupFooterBand classes that are used to group report data.

Namespace: DevExpress.XtraReports.UI

Assembly: DevExpress.XtraReports.v22.1.dll


public abstract class GroupBand :


The easiest way to create and arrange groups in a report is to use the Group and Sort Panel.

See the following topics for more details:


View Example: How to group data at runtime

The report created in this example uses the Northwind database. The database file nwind.mdb ships with the DevExpress installation (the default path is C:\Users\Public\Public Documents\DevExpress Demos 22.1\Components\Data\nwind.mdb).

The report is bound to the SQL data source, which retrieves data from the CategoryProducts database view.

This report contains two bands: the Detail band and the Group Header band. The Group Header band includes a group field that specifies that the data is grouped by the CategoryName data field.


You can handle the XRControl.BeforePrint event to change data grouping before a report is printed or previewed.

using System;
using System.Windows.Forms;
using DevExpress.XtraReports.UI;
using DevExpress.DataAccess.ConnectionParameters;
using DevExpress.DataAccess.Sql;
using DevExpress.XtraReports.Configuration;
// ...

public XtraReport CreateDataGroupingReport() {
    // Create a report.
    XtraReport report = new XtraReport();

    // Create a data source with the specified connection parameters.  
    Access97ConnectionParameters connectionParameters =
        new Access97ConnectionParameters("../../nwind.mdb", "", "");
    SqlDataSource ds = new SqlDataSource(connectionParameters);   
    CustomSqlQuery query = new CustomSqlQuery();
    query.Name = "customQuery";
    query.Sql = "SELECT * FROM CategoryProducts";

    // Assign the data source to the report.
    report.DataSource = ds;
    report.DataMember = "customQuery";

    // Create the Detail band and add it to the report.
    DetailBand detail = new DetailBand { HeightF = 40 };

    // Create the Group Header band and add it to the report.
    GroupHeaderBand ghBand = new GroupHeaderBand { HeightF = 40 };

    // Create a GroupField instance and add it to the Group Header band.
    GroupField groupField = new GroupField("CategoryName");

    // Create labels.
    XRLabel labelGroup = new XRLabel { ForeColor = System.Drawing.Color.Blue };
    XRLabel labelDetail = new XRLabel { LocationF = new System.Drawing.PointF(30, 0) };

    // Specify label bindings.
    labelGroup.ExpressionBindings.Add(new ExpressionBinding("BeforePrint", "Text", "[CategoryName]"));
    labelDetail.ExpressionBindings.Add(new ExpressionBinding("BeforePrint", "Text", "[ProductName]"));

    // Add the labels to the report's bands.    

    return report;
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