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Dictionaries - .NET SDK

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New in version 10.2.0.

A Realm dictionary is an implementation of IDictionary that has keys of type String and supports values of any Realm type except collections. To define a dictionary, use a getter-only IDictionary<string, TValue> property, where TValue is any of the supported types.

A dictionary of objects can contain null objects. Likewise, dictionaries of primitive types can also contain null values. If you do not want to allow null values in a dictionary, then either use non-nullable types in the dictionary declaration (for example, use IDictionary<string, double> instead of IDictionary<string, double?>), or add the [Required] attribute if the dictionary contains nullable reference types, such as string or byte[].

Not Supported with Sync

Local-only Realm Databases support collections of nullable (optional) values, but Sync does not.

The following code shows examples of dictionary types:

public class Inventory : RealmObject
// The key must be of type string; the value can be
// of any Realm-supported type, including objects
// that inherit from RealmObject or EmbeddedObject
public IDictionary<string, Plant> PlantDict { get; }
public IDictionary<string, bool> BooleansDict { get; }
// Nullable types are supported in local-only
// Realms, but not with Sync
public IDictionary<string, int?> NullableIntDict { get; }
// For C# types that are implicitly nullable, you can
// use the [Required] attribute to prevent storing null values
public IDictionary<string, string> RequiredStringsDict { get; }

The following code shows how to create, write to, and read from Dictionaries.


You cannot use Linq to query against a Realm Dictionary. Instead, use a string query.

var storeInventory = new Inventory()
Id = ObjectId.GenerateNewId().ToString()
storeInventory.PlantDict.Add("Petunia", new Plant());
storeInventory.NullableIntDict.Add("random things", 7);
storeInventory.RequiredStringsDict.Add("foo", "bar");
var storeInventory2 = new Inventory()
Id = ObjectId.GenerateNewId().ToString()
storeInventory2.RequiredStringsDict.Add("foo", "Bar");
realm.Write(() =>
// Find all Inventory items that have "Petunia"
// as a key in their PlantDict.
var petunias = realm.All<Inventory>()
.Filter("PlantDict.@keys == 'Petunia'");
// Find all Inventory items that have at least one value in their
// IntDict that is larger than 5
var matchesMoreThanFive = realm.All<Inventory>()
.Filter("NullableIntDict.@values > 5");
// Find all Inventory items where any RequiredStringsDict has a key
// "Foo", and the value of that key contains the phrase "bar"
// (case insensitive)
var matches = realm.All<Inventory>().Filter("RequiredStringsDict['foo'] CONTAINS[c] 'bar'");
// matches.Count() == 2

Like other Realm collections, IDictionary implements INotifyCollectionChanged, so you can use it in data-binding scenarios (for example, when watching for changes).

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