1 : :value

2 : :web

3 : :value

4 : :FirstName

5 : :LastName

6 : :value

7 : :value

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jQuery grid widget for Foswiki

jqGrid is an Ajax-enabled JavaScript control that provides solutions for representing and manipulating tabular data on the web. Since the grid is a client-side solution loading data dynamically through Ajax callbacks, it can be integrated with any server-side technology, including PHP, ASP, Java Servlets, JSP, ColdFusion, and Perl. See also the jqgrid wiki for up-to-date documentation.


Author(s): Tony Tomov
Version: 4.1.2


%GRID{"<query>" form="..." }%

render a grid of topics matching the given query

Parameter Description Default
query search query searching for topics that have the named form attached to it
web web where to start the query BASEWEB
form DataForm definition which describes the columns of the grid  
columns name of columns to display; these are the formfield names as specified in the DataForm definition in the specified form; there is a list of special column names that are remapped to topic properties (see below) all columns in the DataForm
include regluar expression columns/formfields must match to be included in the grid model  
exclude regluar expression columns/formfields must NOT match to be included in the grid model  
rows number of rows to display in the grid per page 20
rownumbers toggle on/off displaying the row number in the first column of the grid off
rownumwidth number of pixels to reserve for rownumbers 25
filterbar toggle on/off displaying a filter input field at the top of each column to narrow down search results off
toolbar toggle on/off displaying a toolbar at the bottom of the grid; switch this on for pagination off
sort name of column to sort the grid initially first column (excluding the optional row numbers)
reverse toggle on/off reverse sorting order off
caption caption to be displayed at the top of the grid  
pager toggle on/off the pager in the toolbar off
viewrecords toggle on/off computing the total number of records and pages as part of the pager on
height height of the grid; can be set as a number or auto  
width width of the grid; if not set, the grid's width is the sum of the width of all column  
scroll when enabled the pager element is disabled; data is loaded dynamically while scrolling down the grid off
rowlist comma separated list of optional number of rows to select from in the grid interface 5, 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 100
colname_title (per column option) title of the column field title as specified in the DataForm
colname_resizable (per column option) toggle on/off whether the width of the column can be changed by the user on
colname_align (per column option) alignment of the data in the cell left
colname_width (per column option) width of this column in pixel  
colname_search (per column option) toggle on/off if this column is searchable or not on (off for image columns)
colname_formatter (per column option) specifies one of the standard formatters of jqgrid to be used for this column formats cell values as is
colname_formatoptions (per column option) additional parameters to be passed over to the column formatter; see the docu of the formatter which these are; this is a list of json objects specified as key:value pairs, comma separated. none
colname_format (per column option) specifies a template to be used when formatting the a cell of this column; the format string may contain the variables:
  • ${id}: the id of the row, most often the web.topic name
  • ${value}: the value of the current cell
  • ${key}: some custom key as specified in the =colname_formatoptions
Furthermore the format string may contain any formatting features of JQueryTmpl
colname_hidden (per column option) boolean value; if set the column will be hidden on
id id of the grid Any relevant name
connector connector ID or a topic name; a grid connector is responsible to interact with the jQGrid widget. This can be a topic that jQGrid should use as the target of its ajax requests, or any other registered grid connector. The topic should have a grid section and render an appropriate XML response based on the URL parameters provided by jqGrid (page, sort, columns, etc). $Foswiki::cfg{JQGridPlugin}{DefaultConnector}
sortable (per column option) sort column in ascending or descending order on
loadonce grid loads data from the server once, all other manipulations are done on the client side on
multiselect allows selection of multiple rows in the grid on
onSelectRow event handler triggered when a row is selected  
onSelectAll event handler triggered when all rows selected at once  
gridComplete event handler triggered when the grid is loaded  

Special columns

Normally, the data and the way it is displayed in a GRID is specified by the DataForm definition the GRID expression points to. However, there's a set of additional properties of a topic that can be displayed in a GRID. These are specified in the columns parameter to %GRID and are mapped to the actual property as follows:

Colname Data Displayed
Author, By author of the last modification link to author's profile page
Create Author, Creator author that created the initial revision of the topic link to author's profile page
Created, Create Date date when the initial revision was created standard date format
Form the name of a DataForm being attached  
Image, Photo formfields of that name displayed as html <img> tag where the data is used as src link
Modified, Changed time when the topic has been changed recently standard date format
Topic topic name link to topic
Title, TopicTitle title of the topic string
Workflow workflow state of the topic string

When FlexFormPlugin is installed, each cell is rendered using %RENDERFORDISPLAY expression.

When ImagePlugin is installed, each Image/Photo cell is rendered using an %IMAGE expression to render thumbnails.


Users, demonstrating customised columns:

  Telephone_format="%JQICON{"telephone"}% {{:value}}"
  Topic_format="<a href='%SCRIPTURLPATH{"view"}%/{{:web}}/{{:value}}'>{{:FirstName}} {{:LastName}}</a>"


FAQ topics, demonstrating custom query with search connector:

 query="'FAQForm' OR'%SYSTEMWEB%.FAQForm'"


Grid Connectors

JQGridPlugin is shipped with three connectors:
  • search - The default connector that uses native Foswiki search.
  • dbcache - Works with DBCachePlugin.
  • solr - Works with SolrPlugin.

You can also create your own custom grid connectors by adding the class name to the ExternalConnectors configure option. All parameters to %GRID% that end in _connectorparam will be passed along to your grid connector. Custom grid connectors must process the following parameters:
  my $sortColumn = $request->param('sidx') || $columns[0];
  my $sortOrder = $request->param('sord') || 'asc';
  my $rowsPerPage = $request->param('rows') || 10;
  my $curPage = $request->param('page') || 1;

Installation Instructions

You do not need to install anything in the browser to use this extension. The following instructions are for the administrator who installs the extension on the server.

Open configure, and open the "Extensions" section. "Extensions Operation and Maintenance" Tab -> "Install, Update or Remove extensions" Tab. Click the "Search for Extensions" button. Enter part of the extension name or description and press search. Select the desired extension(s) and click install. If an extension is already installed, it will not show up in the search results.

You can also install from the shell by running the extension installer as the web server user: (Be sure to run as the webserver user, not as root!)
cd /path/to/foswiki
perl tools/extension_installer <NameOfExtension> install

If you have any problems, or if the extension isn't available in configure, then you can still install manually from the command-line. See for more help.



Change History

30 Aug 2017: (2.61) don't echo invalid parameters in error messages
09 Sep 2016: (2.60) bringing column mapping in line with each other; fixed SolrConnector
17 Jul 2015: (2.41) default to dbcache connector now as it is the only one really working; fixed example in docu; fixed grid resizer
02 Dec 2014: (2.40) moving from jquery.tmpl to jsrender
28 Aug 2014: (2.31) fully specify REST security
11 Apr 2014: (2.30) work around different styles of inconsistencies in renderForDisplay across foswiki core releases
04 Apr 2014: (2.22) flag rest handlers that don't require authentication
14 Mar 2013: (2.21) be robust stumbling over topics that lost their form definition
01 Oct 2012: (2.20) upgraded to jqgrid-4.4.0
12 Jun 2012: (2.10) upgraded to jqgrid-4.3.3
18 May 2012: (2.03) GRID macro now passes _connectorparam parameters to the grid connector; Added ExternalConnectors configure parameter. (Foswiki:Main/KipLubliner)
19 Oct 2011: (2.02) Fixed bugs with SEARCH connector: broken on Foswiki 1.1.x, corrected column sorting quirks; added some code to help when LocalSite.cfg settings are missing; added notes regarding {AuthScripts} (Foswiki:Main/PaulHarvey)
28 Sep 2011: (2.01) removed spurious console.log() which of course breaks jqgrid on some browsers
12 Sep 2011: (1.00) upgraded to jqgrid-4.1.2; added rownumwidth, colname_formatter, colname_format, colname_formatoptions, colname_hidden; adding styling to sorted columns; made recoding query parameters from utf8 to site charset depending on the foswiki api version; added new tmpl formatter based on JQueryTmpl to be used by the new formatting code; fixed property map for SEARCH backend (Foswiki:Main/PaulHarvey)
13 Jun 2011: (0.9.0) restructured plugin to support arbitrary Connectors; upgraded to jqgrid-4.0.0; implemented a Foswiki:Extensions/SolrPlugin grid connector; fixed char encoding of REST data; improved SEARCH based grid connector
06 Jan 2011: (0.3.1) Foswikitask:Item10228 - add parameters to grid to make it customizable
08 Sep 2010: (0.3) upgraded to jqgrid-3.7.2; fixed vertical scrolling; fixed resizing of columns
19 Nov 2010: (0.2.1) Foswikitask:Item9564 - add dependency to help script load ordering
26 May 2010: (0.2) fixed loading locales; improved grid construction process; added field-specific options (title, resizable, align, width, search); ongoing work on colmodel
26 Mar 2010: initial release, externalized from Foswiki:Extensions/JQueryPlugin

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