NativeScript Core

RadListView Item Reorder

Reordering items in a list is a common scenario in mobile apps. For example, a list view visualizing tasks can allow reordering the tasks to specify their priority. RadListView allows you to enable this functionality by setting a single property.

Enabling Item Reorder

To enable the item-reorder function in your RadListView, simply set the itemReorder property as shown below. Additionally, you can subscribe for the itemReorderedEvent event to listen for reorder events:

Example 1: Enabling Item Reorder on RadListView:

<lv:RadListView itemReordered="{{onItemReordered}}" items="{{ dataItems }}" row="1" itemReorder="true">
        <StackLayout paddingTop="5" paddingBottom="5">
            <Label fontSize="20" text="{{ itemName }}" marginLeft="10"/>

Defining Reorder Mode

RadListView supports two reorder modes:

  • HoldAndDrag - items are reordered by holding and dragging them
  • Drag - items are reordered by simply dragging them

The default reorder mode is HoldAndDrag. To activate one of the available reorder modes set the reorderMode property to the corresponding value.

Defining a Reorder Handle

When the Drag reorder mode is activated RadListView behaves as follows:

  • iOS: a reorder handle is displayed at the right side of the item. Dragging the item by the handle will reorder it.
  • Android: now handle is displayed. Dragging the item at any place will reorder it.

You can easily customize the reorder handle by explicitly designating which part of your itemTemplate will serve as a reorder handle. Take a look at the following XML snippet:

Example 2: Defining a Reorder Handle in your template:

    <GridLayout columns="*, auto" paddingTop="16" paddingBottom="16">
        <StackLayout orientation="vertical" col="0" verticalAlignment="center">
            <Label fontSize="20" text="{{ itemName }}"/>
        <lv:ReorderHandle col="1" verticalAlignment="center">
            <Image android:src="res://reorder_icon" ios:src="res://reorder-icon" stretch="none" verticalAlignment="stretch" margin="16"/>

As you can see a special ReorderHandle element is used which instructs RadListView which part of the template should be used as a reorder handle. The ReorderHandle element is a regular {N} view so you can use all familiar properties to adjust its layout and appearance. Here, an Image element is put inside the ReorderHandle. The following pictures demonstrate how RadListView looks like in this case:

Figure 1: Item Reorder with a custom reorder handle in action:

RadListView: Reorder with a handle RadListView: Reorder with a handle

Handling the Item Reorder Events

RadListView exposes two events related to the item reorder functionality:

  • itemReorderStartingEvent - fired before an item is reordered. Exposes an instance of the ListViewEventData class which contains the index of the item being reordered. Setting the returnValue property of this instance to false can be used to cancel the reordering procedure
  • itemReorderStartedEvent - fired when the reordering is about to start. No indices are changed at this point
  • itemReorderedEvent - fired after an item has been reordered. Indices are now updated.

The itemReorderStartedEvent event exposes an instance of the ListViewEventData class which you can use to obtain the index of the item about to be reordered.

RadListView fires the itemReorderedEvent event once an item has been reordered. The event supplies you with a ListViewEventData instance which data property points to a ListViewItemReorderData ListViewItemReorderData object. It exposes two properties giving you specific information about the reorder operation:

  • targetIndex - indicates the destination of the reordered item
  • targetGroupIndex - indicates the target data group of the reordered item if present

The following code snippet demonstrates and example of a itemReorderedEvent handler:

Example 3: Handling item reorder events:

public onItemReordered(args: ListViewEventData) {
    console.log("Item reordered. Old index: " + args.index + " " + "new index: " +;


Want to see this scenario in action? Check our SDK examples repo on GitHub. You will find this and many other practical examples with NativeScript UI.