MVVM Lite For Data Binding In Xamarin.Form


This article will demonstrate how to work with MVVM development in Xamarin.Forms application.

We are using MVVM light that will provide the facility to implement Model-View-ViewModel. This is a quick way for the development of an application and also provides a user the facility to customize and design the application.


Open Visual Studio and select New Project.


Select project type and give the project a name.


Select the template as Blank App and code sharing as PCL.


Set the target and minimum platform versions as below.


Set the below configuration.


Open "Manage NuGet packages for Solutions" and install the following components.


The ViewModel directory will be added that contains two files MainViewModel.cs and ViewModelLocator.cs file, with a directory structure as below.


Open MainPage.xaml from portable project and modify the content as below.

  1. <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>  
  2. <ContentPage xmlns=""  
  3.              xmlns:x=""  
  4.              xmlns:local="clr-namespace:MvvmDemo"  
  5.              x:Class="MvvmDemo.MainPage" Title="MVVMLightDemo" BackgroundColor="Cyan">  
  6.     <StackLayout Padding="60">  
  7.         <Label Text="Enter Data: "></Label>  
  8.         <Entry Text="{Binding MyData}"></Entry>  
  9.         <Label Text="Below is the binded data: "></Label>  
  10.         <Label Text="{Binding MyData}"></Label>  
  11.     </StackLayout>  
  12. </ContentPage>  

Open MainPage.xaml.cs and modify the content as below.

  1. using Xamarin.Forms;  
  2. using MvvmDemo.ViewModel;  
  3. namespace MvvmDemo  
  4. {  
  5.     public partial class MainPage : ContentPage  
  6.     {  
  7.         MainViewModel mvm;  
  8.         public MainPage()  
  9.         {  
  10.             InitializeComponent();  
  11.             mvm = new MainViewModel();  
  12.             BindingContext = mvm;  
  13.         }  
  14.     }  
  15. }  

Open MainViewModel.cs under ViewModel folder from portable project and modify the content as below.

  1. using GalaSoft.MvvmLight;  
  3. namespace MvvmDemo1.ViewModel  
  4. {  
  5.     public class MainViewModel : ViewModelBase  
  6.     {  
  7.         private string _myData;  
  8.         public string MyData  
  9.         {  
  10.             get {  
  11.                 return _myData;  
  12.             }  
  13.             set {  
  14.                 this.Set(ref this._myData, value, "MyData");  
  15.             }  
  16.         }  
  17.         /// <summary>  
  18.         /// Initializes a new instance of the MainViewModel class.  
  19.         /// </summary>  
  20.         public MainViewModel()  
  21.         {  
  22.             this.MyData = "sample 2 way binding!";  
  23.         }  
  24.     }  
  25. }  

Note - Create a new project;  I have attached only portable project in this article.

Run the application now. You will get the following output.


You can see the bound value on the below label “sample 2-way binding!”.

Delete the Entry content.


The label that binds the entry value is also deleted. Now, give the new value to the entry box.


You can see that the same value binds the label. Any modification will immediate bind to the bound property. You can check the same output on Android Emulator.

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