class atk4\ui\Grid

If you didn’t read documentation on Table you should start with that. While table implements the actual data rendering, Grid component supplies various enhancements around it, such as paginator, quick-search, toolbar and others by relying on other components.

Using Grid

Here is a simple usage:

$layout->add('Grid')->setModel(new Country($db));

To make your grid look nicer, you might want to add some buttons and enable quicksearch:

$grid = $layout->add('Grid');
$grid->setModel(new Country($db));

$grid->menu->addItem('Reload Grid', new \atk4\ui\jsReload($grid));

Adding Menu Items

Grid top-bar which contains QuickSearch is implemented using Semantic UI “ui menu”. With that you can add additional items and use all features of a regular Menu:

$sub = $grid->menu->addMenu('Drop-down');

For compatibility grid supports addition of the buttons to the menu, but there are several Semantic UI limitations that wouldn’t allow to format buttons nicely:


If you don’t need menu, you can disable menu bar entirely:

$grid = $layout->add(['Grid', 'menu' => false]);


Grid comes with a paginator already. You can disable it by setting $paginator property to false. You can use $ipp to specify different number of items per page:

$grid->ipp = 10;


Table supports use of TableColumnActions, which allows to display button for each row. Calling addAction() provides a useful short-cut for creating column-based actions.


Grid can have a checkbox column for you to select elements. It relies on TableColumnCheckbox, but will additionally place this column before any other column inside a grid. You can use TableColumnCheckbox::jsChecked() method to reference value of selected checkboxes inside any Actions:

$sel = $grid->addSelection();
$grid->menu->addItem('show selection')->on('click', new \atk4\ui\jsExpression(
    'alert("Selected: "+[])', [$sel->jsChecked()]


When grid is associated with a model that supports order, it will automatically make itself sortable. You can override this behaviour by setting $sortable property to true or false.

Additionally you may set list of sortable fields to a sortable property if you wish that your grid would be sortable only for those columns.

See also Table::$sortable.

Advanced Usage

You can use a different component instead of default Table by injecting $table property.