Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Cascading (Auto-Populate) MultiList Field in Sitecore

Hello Sitecore Buddies!
Thank you for accompanying Sitecore Journey. Feeling blessed to have such expert readers!

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Well, Sitecore Journey is here today to share one of the unique requirements. Let's see today's scenario which will illustrate how to create custom field type in Sitecore.

There was a requirement to auto-populate one Sitecore Multilist field based on another Multilist Field in Sitecore - same like cascading dropdownlist of Ajax Toolkit in ASP.NET.

Here's the video which illustrates this requirement:

Many of you have already thought about how to achieve this requirement, yes you are correct - you need to create custom field type in Sitecore. So let's create custom Multilist field type control which will populate/bind second Multilist field based on first Multilist's selected values.

1) Create separate class library project in your Sitecore solution (if you have already such project then you can of-course use that).

2) Add a CustomMultilist class in this project, inherit CustomMultilist class from MultilistEx.

Below is complete code snippet of CustomMultiList field control:
using Sitecore.Data.Items;
using Sitecore.Shell.Applications.ContentEditor;
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Text;

namespace Sitecore.Extensions
    public class CustomMultiList : MultilistEx
        protected override void DoRender(System.Web.UI.HtmlTextWriter output)

        private void ExcludeItems()
            Item i = Sitecore.Context.ContentDatabase.GetItem(base.ItemID);

            Sitecore.Data.Fields.MultilistField multilistField =i.Fields["MultilistField1"];
            Item[] selectedItems = multilistField.GetItems();
            StringBuilder sbItemId = new StringBuilder();
            foreach (Item selectedItem in selectedItems)

            if (sbItemId.Length > 0)
                this.Source = sbItemId.ToString().Remove(sbItemId.Length - 1, 1);
3) Compile project and copy Sitecore.Extenstions.DLL in your [Sitecore Website Root]/bin directory.

4) Add below line in web.config of your Sitecore instance.
<source assembly="Sitecore.Extensions" mode="on" namespace="Sitecore.Extensions" prefix="contentExtension"></source> 

5) Create a new fieldtype (e.g. CustomMulitList field) in core database as shown in below image:

6)  Now go to your item template where you want to assign this CustomMultiList field. You should assign this CustomMultiList field to only that field which you want to auto-populate based one another MultiList field.

Enjoy your Sitecore Journey!

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