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Xamarin.Forms RefreshView

The RefreshView is a container control that provides pull to refresh functionality for scrollable content. Therefore, the child of a RefreshView must be a scrollable control, such as ScrollView, CollectionView, or ListView.

RefreshView defines the following properties:

  • Command, of type ICommand, which is executed when a refresh is triggered.
  • CommandParameter, of type object, which is the parameter that's passed to the Command.
  • IsRefreshing, of type bool, which indicates the current state of the RefreshView.
  • RefreshColor, of type Color, the color of the progress circle that appears during the refresh.

These properties are backed by BindableProperty objects, which means that they can be targets of data bindings, and styled.


On the Universal Windows Platform, the pull direction of a RefreshView can be set with a platform-specific. For more information, see RefreshView Pull Direction.

Create a RefreshView

The following example shows how to instantiate a RefreshView in XAML:

<RefreshView IsRefreshing="{Binding IsRefreshing}"
             Command="{Binding RefreshCommand}">
        <FlexLayout Direction="Row"
                    BindableLayout.ItemsSource="{Binding Items}"
                    BindableLayout.ItemTemplate="{StaticResource ColorItemTemplate}" />

A RefreshView can also be created in code:

RefreshView refreshView = new RefreshView();
ICommand refreshCommand = new Command(() =>
    // IsRefreshing is true
    // Refresh data here
    refreshView.IsRefreshing = false;
refreshView.Command = refreshCommand;

ScrollView scrollView = new ScrollView();
FlexLayout flexLayout = new FlexLayout { ... };
scrollView.Content = flexLayout;
refreshView.Content = scrollView;

In this example, the RefreshView provides pull to refresh functionality to a ScrollView whose child is a FlexLayout. The FlexLayout uses a bindable layout to generate its content by binding to a collection of items, and sets the appearance of each item with a DataTemplate. For more information about bindable layouts, see Bindable Layouts in Xamarin.Forms.

The value of the RefreshView.IsRefreshing property indicates the current state of the RefreshView. When a refresh is triggered by the user, this property will automatically transition to true. Once the refresh completes, you should reset the property to false.

When the user initiates a refresh, the ICommand defined by the Command property is executed, which should refresh the items being displayed. A refresh visualization is shown while the refresh occurs, which consists of an animated progress circle:

Screenshot of a RefreshView refreshing data, on iOS and Android


Manually setting the IsRefreshing property to true will trigger the refresh visualization, and will execute the ICommand defined by the Command property.

RefreshView appearance

In addition to the properties that RefreshView inherits from the VisualElement class, RefreshView also defines the RefreshColor property. This property can be set to define the color of the progress circle that appears during the refresh:

<RefreshView RefreshColor="Teal"
             ... />

The following screenshot shows a RefreshView with the RefreshColor property set:

Screenshot of a RefreshView with a teal progress circle, on iOS and Android

In addition, the BackgroundColor property can be set to a Color that represents the background color of the progress circle.


On iOS, the BackgroundColor property sets the background color of the UIView that contains the progress circle.

Disable a RefreshView

An application may enter a state where pull to refresh is not a valid operation. In such cases, the RefreshView can be disabled by setting its IsEnabled property to false. This will prevent users from being able to trigger pull to refresh.

Alternatively, when defining the Command property, the CanExecute delegate of the ICommand can be specified to enable or disable the command.