C# – Dynamic WHERE clause in LINQ


What is the best way to assemble a dynamic WHERE clause to a LINQ statement?

I have several dozen checkboxes on a form and am passing them back as: Dictionary<string, List<string>> (Dictionary<fieldName,List<values>>) to my LINQ query.

public IOrderedQueryable<ProductDetail> GetProductList(string productGroupName, string productTypeName, Dictionary<string,List<string>> filterDictionary)
    var q = from c in db.ProductDetail
            where c.ProductGroupName == productGroupName && c.ProductTypeName == productTypeName
            // insert dynamic filter here
            orderby c.ProductTypeName
            select c;
    return q;

Best Solution

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(source: scottgu.com)

You need something like this? Use the Linq Dynamic Query Library (download includes examples).

Check out ScottGu's blog for more examples.