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Lookup Columns

A lookup column is a special case of data columns. A lookup column contains a restricted set of values. It is useful for filtering and, often, editing.

DevExtreme HTML5 JavaScript TreeList LookupColumns

Each lookup column has an individual data source - a collection of objects that map the column's actual values to display values...

jQuery
JavaScript
$(function() {
    $("#treeListContainer").dxTreeList({
        dataSource: orders,
        columns: [{
            dataField: 'statusId', // provides actual values
            lookup: {
                dataSource: [
                    { id: 1, name: 'Not Started' },
                    { id: 2, name: 'Need Assistance' },
                    { id: 3, name: 'In Progress' },
                    // ...
                ],
                valueExpr: 'id', // contains the same values as the "statusId" field provides
                displayExpr: 'name' // provides display values
            }
        }]
    });
});
Angular
HTML
TypeScript
<dx-tree-list [dataSource]="orders">
    <dxi-column
        dataField="statusId"> <!-- provides actual values -->
        <dxo-lookup
            [dataSource]="lookupData"
            valueExpr="id" <!-- contains the same values as the "statusId" field provides -->
            displayExpr="name"> <!-- provides display values -->
        </dxo-lookup>
    </dxi-column>
</dx-tree-list>
import { DxTreeListModule } from "devextreme-angular";
// ...
export class AppComponent {
    orders = [ ... ];
    lookupData = [
        { id: 1, name: 'Not Started' },
        { id: 2, name: 'Need Assistance' },
        { id: 3, name: 'In Progress' },
        // ...
    ];
}
@NgModule({
    imports: [
        // ...
        DxTreeListModule
    ],
    // ...
})

... or simply an array of column values if actual and display values are the same.

jQuery
JavaScript
$(function() {
    $("#treeListContainer").dxTreeList({
        dataSource: orders,
        columns: [{
            dataField: 'status', // provides column values
            lookup: {
                dataSource: [ // contains the same values as the "status" field provides
                    'Not Started',
                    'Need Assistance',
                    'In Progress',
                    // ...
                ]
            }
        }]
    });
});
Angular
HTML
TypeScript
<dx-tree-list [dataSource]="orders">
    <dxi-column
        dataField="status"> <!-- provides column values -->
        <dxo-lookup
            [dataSource]="lookupData"> <!-- contains the same values as the "status" field provides -->
        </dxo-lookup>
    </dxi-column>
</dx-tree-list>
import { DxTreeListModule } from "devextreme-angular";
// ...
export class AppComponent {
    orders = [ ... ];
    lookupData = [
        'Not Started',
        'Need Assistance',
        'In Progress',
        // ...
    ];
}
@NgModule({
    imports: [
        // ...
        DxTreeListModule
    ],
    // ...
})

If your data source accepts null values, set the allowClearing option to true. In editing state, each of the lookup column's cells will have a button that nullifies the value.

Each cell in the lookup column is based on the SelectBox widget. Use editorOptions to customize it. See the Customize Editors topic for more details.

See Also