Getting Started with WPF MaskedTextBox (SfMaskedEdit)

Assembly deployment

Refer to the control dependencies section to get the list of assemblies or details of NuGet package that needs to be added as a reference to use the control in any application.

Click here to find more details on how to install nuget packages in WPF application.

Adding SfMaskedEdit control via designer


Download demo application from GitHub

1) Create a new WPF application via Visual Studio.

2) The SfMaskedEdit control can be added to an application by dragging it from the toolbox to a designer view. The following dependent assemblies will be added automatically.

  • Syncfusion.SfInput.WPF
  • Syncfusion.SfShared.WPF

Drag and drop the SfMaskedEdit from toolbox

Adding SfMaskedEdit control via XAML

To add the SfMaskEdit control in XAML, follow these steps:

1) Create a new WPF application in Visual Studio.

2) Add the following required assembly references to the project.

  • Syncfusion.SfInput.WPF
  • Syncfusion.SfShared.WPF

3) Import Syncfusion WPF schema, and declare the SfMaskEdit control in XAML page.

<Window x:Class="SfMaskedEdit_Sample.MainWindow"
        Title="MainWindow" Height="450" Width="800">

<Grid Name="grid">
    <syncfusion:SfMaskedEdit Width="255" Height="30" Text="SfMaskedEdit" />

Adding SfMaskedEdit control manually in C#

To add the SfMaskedEdit control manually in C#, follow these steps:

1) Create a new WPF application in Visual Studio.

2) Add the following required assembly references to the project.

  • Syncfusion.SfInput.WPF
  • Syncfusion.SfShared.WPF

3) Include the required namespace.

using Syncfusion.Windows.Controls.Input;

4) Create an instance of SfMaskedEdit control and add it to the main window.

//Creating an instance of the SfMaskedEdit
SfMaskedEdit sfMaskedEdit = new SfMaskedEdit();
sfMaskedEdit.Text = "SfMaskedEdit";

//Setting height and width of SfMaskedEdit
sfMaskedEdit.Height = 30;
sfMaskedEdit.Width = 255;

//Adding control into the main window

show the text in WPF SfMaskedEdit control


To mask the input of SfMaskedEdit, use the MaskType and Mask properties.

The MaskType property has different set of mask characters that are combined to form a mask expression. Based on the complexity and usage, mask types are classified as Simple, Regular, and RegEx.

The Mask property specifies the input without writing any custom validation logic in your application. It can be set based on the MaskType elements. The Mask property may contain literals and special mask characters. You can use the back-slash character to escape any special mask characters to display as literals.


<syncfusion:SfMaskedEdit MaskType="Simple" Mask="00/00/0000" />


This mask expression allows only numeric inputs in the places of 0.

Simple mask type used in WPF SfMaskedEdit


<syncfusion:SfMaskedEdit MaskType="Regular" />
sfMaskedEdit.MaskType = MaskType.Regular;
sfMaskedEdit.Mask = "\\d\\w\\d";

Regular mask type used in WPF SfMaskedEdit


<syncfusion:SfMaskedEdit MaskType="RegEx" Mask="(?=123)\d{3}" Width="255" />
sfMaskedEdit.MaskType = MaskType.RegEx;
sfMaskedEdit.Mask = "(?=123)\\d{3}";

RegEx mask type used in WPF SfMaskedEdit


By default, the value holds the characters without including prompt characters and the literals defined in the mask. To include the prompt characters and literals, use the ValueMaskFormat property of the control.

You can set the value by using Value property in SfMaskedEdit control.

<syncfusion:SfMaskedEdit Height="30" MaskType="Simple" Mask="00/00/0000"  Value="05/08/2019" Width="255" />
sfMaskedEdit.ValueMaskFormat = Syncfusion.Windows.Controls.Input.MaskFormat.IncludeLiterals;

Set the value to WPF SfMaskedEdit control


The Watermark guides the end user on what should be entered in the text input. It can be shown when the content of the SfMaskedEdit is empty and the control is not focused.

To set watermark for the control, use the WaterMark property.

<syncfusion:SfMaskedEdit  MaskType="Simple" Mask="00/00/0000" Watermark="Type here" Width="255" Height="30"/>
sfMaskedEdit.MaskType = MaskType.Simple;
sfMaskedEdit.Mask = "00/00/0000";
sfMaskedEdit.Watermark = "Type here";

Show the watermark text in WPF SfMaskedEdit