Better ListView alternative - .NET control for WinForms

The number one replacement component for the regular .NET ListView control.

We’ve rewritten the .NET ListView control. Great look and feel, more features, better behavior. No learning needed.


New Better ListView 3.11.0

Better ListView 2.0

Excellent compatibility of Better ListView:

  • Visual Studio 2012, 2010, 2008, 2005 (and newer).
  • C#, Visual Basic .NET (VB.NET), managed
    C++, and other CLI languages.
  • .NET 4.5, .NET 4, .NET 3.5, .NET 3, .NET 2, and newer.
  • Windows 8, 7, Vista, 2003, XP, 2000, and newer, both 32-bit and 64-bit.

Better ListView advantages:

  • Single small DLL file (less than 250kB when compressed).
  • FIPS-compliant, CLS-compliant, digitally signed and strongly named.
  • Easy deployment (xcopy). No dependencies. No installation.
  • Royalty-free distribution. No runtime licensing.
  • Written from scratch in pure managed code.
  • Fast, optimized for 10.000+ items.
  • No learning needed. Very similar to regular .NET ListView control.
  • User-friendly and developer-friendly.
  • No limits of the regular Microsoft .NET ListView control bundled with Visual Studio!
  • Tested by thousands of users world-wide.
  • Guaranteed continued support and development. We use Better ListView ourselves in our popular and successful desktop products, like Swift To-Do List.
  • Well documented, intuitive method/properties names.
  • Always looks great. Always fully uses the current Windows theme, including Aero support.
  • Enterprise source code licenses available.
  • Fast 24-hour or faster support.

BetterListView extra features:

Better ListView has hundreds of extra features, compared to the regular .NET ListView control. Plus, it removes all its limitations and bugs. Some of the most notable extra features include:

  • Hierarchical items. Supports sub-items like in the tree view control.
  • Thumbnails view.
  • Serialization – XML and Binary
  • Save/load Better ListView content into XML or binary, string or file, in just 1 line of code.
  • Inbuilt drag & drop reordering (with insertion mark indicator).
  • Sub-item images
  • Double-buffered and flicker-free.
  • Highly customizable and flexible.
  • Multi-column sorting.
  • Inbuilt sorting (zero code needed).
  • Checkboxes in all views, 3-state support
  • Better grouping – preserves item order, customizable group headers look and behavior, collapsible, image support, context menu support, focusable, etc.
  • Embedded editing controls, support for custom controls.
  • Complex data binding with custom column mapping.
  • Many other useful features - see more Better ListView features.
“Better List View is awesome.” – Daniel Nolan

Why is Better ListView the best ListView
replacement component for .NET (C#, VB)?

To put it simply, there is nothing like Better ListView out there. Nothing.

Better ListView has been designed as a component that can easily replace the original ListView control supplied with .NET.

There is virtually no learning needed. It’s just intuitive.

Better ListView looks native and always fully utilizes the current system theme (so there is no weird inconsistent look), and it also behaves exactly like it should. We’ve modeled it after the original list view component and the list view used in Windows Explorer – everyone already knows how to use it. It fully leverages the previous user knowledge.

We put extreme attention to details. All the little quirks and nuances that drive us crazy when it comes to components of many smaller vendors are resolved in Better ListView. You will be amazed how flexible and customizable it is, and how great it feels to use it. The users of your application will feel right at home.

Most importantly, Better ListView is packed full of great features.

If you are wondering why we created Better ListView, you can read our story.

And by the way, Better ListView comes with awesome samples explorer. Download and install the trial package right now and see for yourself what Better ListView can do.

Better ListView really is better - it kills the standard .NET ListView in both performance and flexibility. I'll never use anything else.
Mitchell Vincent, KSoftware
"Wow! This is so easy to use. I'm not a very experienced VB.NET programmer, but I was up and running w/ Better List View in a matter of minutes. Great product! It's just what I needed."
Bret Reece, Five O'clock Software
Overall what I really like about Better ListView is that you've gone for elegance, simplicity and consistency in the appearance and the behaviour of the control.
Daniel Nolan
The control is very easy and intuitive to use and is well documented.
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