Winforms: ListBox vs. ListView

Had some discussions about Lists and controls, like Listbox and Listview, and sometimes its difficult to distinguish those.


  • Inherits from Control
  • Represents a Windows list view control, which displays a collection of items that can be displayed using one of four different views
  • Windows Explorer like
  • Wrapper of the standard Win32 list view

more control over appearance
4 different view styles: iconview, small icon-view, list-view, details-view (report-view)
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Multiple columns are possible
property Multicolumn = true

Heavier than the listbox

Has no DataSource property, Items must be added to Items property and must be ListViewItem

No design-time databinding,  -->  maybe an advantage :-)

 Msdn Link




  • Inherits from ListControl, common impl. for Listbox and ComboBox
  • Represents a Windows control to display a list of items

Datasource property can be used for databinding

More lightweight

Simple to use --> Use DataSource, or add your items to Items property

Msdn Link



In very simple scenarios use Listbox or ListView, but try to use the DataGridView, or even a datagrid from a third vendor.


There exists also a rule from SSW on this.

Do Do you always use GridView instead of ListBox?

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