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September 9, 2015 / kiranpatils

How to set a value for a Name Value List


This might sound newbie question. But I’ve been asked this question multiple times ranging from Beginner till expert. So, thought to blog it. Basically, You have Name value field in Sitecore, and you would like to set its value using API.

You have same question? Or not now. But have no clue and curious to know? How? Then this post is for you:


We faced this challenge somewhere in April, and during that time we did a quick search and we were unable to find anything helpful. Then one of our Best Friend and Colleague — Sheetal Jain came up with following solutions:

NameValueListField nameValueListField = childItem.Fields["NAMEVALUELISTFIELDNAME"];
if (nameValueListField != null)
	nameValueListField.NameValues.Add("NAME1", "VALUE1");
	nameValueListField.NameValues.Add("NAME2", "VALUE2");
if (String.IsNullOrEmpty(childItem.Fields["NAMEVALUELISTFIELDNAME"].Value))
	childItem.Fields["NAMEVALUELISTFIELDNAME"].Value = childItem.Fields["NAMEVALUELISTFIELDNAME"].Value + "&"  + "NAME2=VALUE2";

Then before writing this post. Thought to do quick search again and found this post :

  var db = Sitecore.Configuration.Factory.GetDatabase("master");
      var item = db.GetItem("{8A8E427B-9162-4680-AE69-239217F5B9AB}");

      //Initialize data
      var data = new NameValueCollection();
      data.Add("name1", "value1");
      data.Add("name2", "value2");
      data.Add("name3", "value3");
      data.Add("name4", "value4");
      using (new Sitecore.SecurityModel.SecurityDisabler())
          //where data is NameValueCollection
          //where '$' is divider 
          item["NameList"] = StringUtil.NameValuesToString(data, "&");

Which is also neat way to do the same. So, now you’ve three ways to solve one problem! Feel free to select whichever you like!

Happy Sitecoring! 🙂


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