c# - Updating of BindingSource in WinForms does not update Datasource Collection

  • Jeff Clare

    I want to display a custom collection in a DataGridView in a Windows Forms app. This custom collection implements ICollection, and IEnumerable. I have set up a BindingSource, using the collection as the .DataSource property. The DataGridView is set to use my BindingSource as it's DataSource. When I add a new item to the collection using the BindingSource.Add() method, the DataGridView updates correctly with the new item. The BindingSource DataSource, on the other hand, does not:

    MyCustomCollection myCollection = new MyCustomCollection();

    In the above code, myBindingSource's internal List contains the right number of records (3), and the DataGridView also contains three records, but myCollection contains only two records. I know that changing the underlying myCollection will NOT update the BindingSource or the DataGridView, as it is not a BindingList<T>, but I was under the impression that updating a BindingSource directly would ensure that myCollection was updated at the same time.

    Is there a way to use a collection that isn't a BindingList<T> and have it updated when interacting with the BindingSource directly?

    Update: One way I've gotten the data updated across all the parts (Collection, BindingSource, DataGridView) is as follows:

    myBindingSource.DataSource = null;
    myBindingSource.DataSource = myCollection;

    I'm pretty sure there's a better way to attack this problem, but this is the only method that's generated the results I was expecting.

  • Answers
  • Eric J.

    You will have to manually call ResetBindings() after the data source changes if you use a container that cannot do that on your behalf.


    Causes a control bound to the BindingSource to reread all the items in the list and refresh their displayed values.

  • Aaron Anodide

    I believe I ran into this issue a while ago - I did a find in files on my code and I think this is the solution that worked for me.

            // Applies pending changes to the underlying data source.

    This was in the context of a click handler for the save button.

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  • Marc Gravell

    Rather than fight the source, perhaps ask the DataGridView to officiate:

    dataGridView1.DataSource = bs;
    dataGridView1.ReadOnly = true;
    dataGridView1.CurrentCellChanged += delegate 
        DataGridViewRow row = dataGridView1.CurrentRow;
        bool readOnly = row == null ||
            row.Index != dataGridView1.NewRowIndex;
        dataGridView1.ReadOnly = readOnly;

    (and don't set AllowEdit on the list)