Closing View from ViewModel


This short article presents a walk-through to close WPF application from View Model.


Closing/starting a window is UI interaction(owned by view) and should to be decoupled from view model. View model should contain Commands, and Properties (as needed for the view).

View model can also contain events, to which view can respond. In the approach presented in this article, view model event is used to trigger an action owned by view.

There are already multiple approach to this problem.

  1. Using Attached Behavior
  2. Using Application level service/controller to manage application life cycle
  3. Using Message Bus (like MVVM Light Messenger/Prism Event Aggregator)

The approach mentioned in the article is trimmed down version of above approaches for a small WPF application (where Attached Behavior and Application service are overkill).


In this approach, a RequestClose event will be added to ViewModel.   View model will raise RequestClose event and view will respond to it by invoking Close method.

The event wire up and view-viewmodel binding is done in Application startup override.

Using the code   

The code is written in VS2012 RTM.   It should be opened in VS2010/VS2012RTM/VS2012 as visual studio projects / solutions are now backword compatible. The application uses MVVM Light (for MVVM base framework).

Demo application contains a single window, with a button “Close Me”. Clicking on this button invokes CloseCommand on view model that in-turns raises RequestClose event.  The view handler then closes the instance (on listening RequestClose event).

  1. Create ICloseable interface that defines RequestClose event. ViewModel should implement ICloseable interface if it supportes Closeable behavior.
  2. interface ICloseable
       event EventHandler RequestClose;
  3. Implement ICloseable to the view model.
  4. class MainWindowViewModel : ViewModelBase, ICloseable
  5. Add CloseCommand to the view model.
  6. public ICommand CloseCommand { get; private set; }
  7. Wire-up RequestClose event in the Loaded event of View code behind, if DataContext implementsICloseable interface.
  8. Loaded += (s, e) =>
        if (DataContext is ICloseable)
            (DataContext as ICloseable).RequestClose += (_, __) => this.Close();
  9. View-viewmodel binding is done in Application Startup.
  10. protected override void OnStartup(StartupEventArgs e)
        // Create Main Window instance
        MainWindow window = new MainWindow();
        // Create Main Window View Model
        MainWindowViewModel viewModel = new MainWindowViewModel();
        // Associate DataContext
        window.DataContext = viewModel;
        Application.Current.MainWindow = window;
  11. StartupURI should be removed from MainWindow.xaml.

Here is attached code. (Rename extension from doc to zip. It is a wordpress limitation)

Points of Interest

Following refinements are useful:

  1. View view model binding can be moved from OnStartup to ViewModelLocator.  Refer to this blog for View ViewModel binding approaches.
  2. Event wire-up can be refreshed on DataContext change notification.

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