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Creating a custom list template

Dec 8, 2018
Creating a custom list template

  • Location (top)

    List templates are located in "/components/com_fabrik/views/list/tmpl/". Each template has its own folder.

    Custom CSS in existing list templates(top)


    Copying an existing template (top)

    To create a new template we suggest that you copy an existing template folder and alter it to suit your needs.


    The template used for a list is normally set in List / Details / Layout / Front-End or Admin Template, however this can be overridden in the menu item that links to the List in which case you will need to edit the Menu instead.

    Creating a catalog like list view (div template)(top)

    Use a copy of the "div" template (don't modify the div template itself, it will be overridden with the next update).
    In default.php you can set these general parameters
    Code (Text):
    // The number of columns to split the list rows into
    $columns = 1;

    // Show the labels next to the data:
    $this->showLabels = true;

    // Show empty data
    $this->showEmpty = false;
    In default_row.php single element's label and data can be addressed via
    Code (Text):
    $elementLabel = $this->groups->tablename___elementname; //replace 'tablename___elementname' with your element's full name
    $elementData = $this->_row->data->tablename___elementname;

    Template overall structure (top)

    default.php (top)

    <?php if ($this->tablePicker != [I]) { ?>[/I]
        <div style="text-align:right">
            <?php echo JText::_('COM_FABRIK_LIST') ?>: <?php echo $this->tablePicker; ?>
    <?php } ?>

    <?php if ($this->params->get('show-title', 1)) {?>
            <?php echo $this->table->label;?>
    <?php }?>

    <?php echo $this->table->intro;?>
        <form class="fabrikForm" action="<?php echo $this->table->action;?>" method="post" id="<?php echo $this->formid;?>" name="fabrikList">
        <?php echo $this->loadTemplate('filter'); }?>
        <div class="fabrikDataContainer">
            <?php foreach ($this->pluginBeforeList as $c) {
                echo $c;
            <div class="boxflex">
                <div class="fabrikList" id="list_<?php echo $this->table->renderid;?>" >
                        $gCounter = 0;
                        foreach ($this->rows as $groupedby => $group) {
                            if ($this->isGrouped) {
                    <div class="fabrik_groupheading">
                        <a href="#" class="toggle">
                            <?php echo FabrikHelperHTML::image('orderasc.png', 'list', $this->tmpl, JText::_('COM_FABRIK_TOGGLE'));?>
                            <?php echo $this->grouptemplates[$groupedby]; ?> ( <?php echo count($group)?> )
                <?php }?>
                <div class="fabrik_groupdata">
                    <div class="groupdataMsg">
                        <div class="emptyDataMessage" style="<?php echo $this->emptyStyle?>">
                            <?php echo $this->emptyDataMessage; ?>
                    foreach ($group as $this->_row) {
                        echo $this->loadTemplate('row');
                <?php if ($this->hasCalculations) { ?>
                    <ul class="fabrik_calculations">
                            foreach ($this->calculations as $cal) {
                                echo "<li class=\"fabrik_row___".$el."\">";
                                echo array_key_exists($groupedby, $cal->grouped ) ? $cal->grouped[$groupedby] : $cal->calc;
                                echo "</li>";
                  <?php }
                  echo $this->nav;

    default_row.php (top)

    default_row.php is called repeatedly to render all of your lists rows.

    To access a specific element you can do:
    $this->_row->data->tablename___elementname //replace 'tablename___elementname' with your element's full name
    <?php echo $this->_row->data->table-name___element_name;?>
    Each row has a standard set of properties:
    stdClass Object (
        [data] => stdClass Object (
            [slug] => 64
            [__pk_val] => 64
            [fabrik_select] =>
            [fabrik_view_url] => /fabrik30x/index.php?option=com_fabrik&view=details&formid=40&rowid=64&Itemid=142
            [fabrik_edit_url] => /fabrik30x/index.php?option=com_fabrik&view=form&Itemid=142&formid=40&rowid=64&listid=37
            [fabrik_view] => [View link and icon]
            [fabrik_edit] => [Edit link and icon]
            [fabrik_actions] => <ul> of the application row buttons edit/view/delete/+ any plugin buttons
        [cursor] => 1
        [total] => 16
        [id] => list_37_com_fabrik_37_row_64
        [class] => fabrik_row oddRow0
    Related data links are in this format:
    <?php echo $this->_row->data->{'##1___##2-##3-##4_list_heading'};?>
    Note a default_row.php file is obligatory if you want ajax lists to work correctly

    default_filter.php (before Fabrik3.5?) (top)

    Will render any filters you have.
    Since Fabrik3.5 filters are rendered in layouts and must be modified by overriding \components\com_fabrik\layouts\list\fabrik-filters.php

    An example custom default_filter.php template to render the search fields horizontally

    Dumping Data (top)

    Code (Text):

    default_headings.php (top)

    Renders the lists headings.

    default_buttons.php (top)

    Renders the lists buttons, such as 'add', 'export to csv', 'import from csv'

    template_css.php (top)

    This is used to serve a css file whose css is specfic to the list being rendered.

    javascript.js (top)

    Contains any template specific JavaScript you may wish to use.

    Layout Overrides - List row buttons(top)

    You can override the markup that is used to generate the list's rows buttons (edit/delete/view etc).

    List's have two styles for rendering their row buttons , these are defined by the lists' 'links->render buttons as'. You can choose either to render as a dropdown or inline.

    Each button and each 'render buttons as' option has a corresponding layout file, e.g. fabrik-delete-button.php, inline.php and dropdown.php, found in components/com_fabrik/layouts/listactions/

    You can copy this layouts folder and the required layout file to your Joomla template folder's overrides folder, e.g. ./templates/your_template/html/layouts/com_fabrik/listactions/dropdown.php, and this dropdown layout file will be used to render the buttons.

    Example - don't show edit button(top)


    * Layout: list row buttons - rendered as a Bootstrap dropdown
    * @package    Joomla
    * @subpackage  Fabrik
    * @copyright  Copyright (C) 2005-2013 fabrikar.com - All rights reserved.
    * @license    GNU/GPL http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html
    * @since      3.0

    // No direct access
    defined('_JEXEC') or die('Restricted access');

    $class = 'btn-group fabrik_action';

    if ($displayData['align'] == 'right')
    $class .= ' pull-right';

    <div class="<?php echo $class?>">
    <a class="dropdown-toggle btn btn-mini" data-toggle="dropdown" href="#">
    <span class="caret"></span>
    <ul class="dropdown-menu">
    <?php foreach ($displayData['items'] as $key => $val)
    if ($key !== 'fabrik_edit')
    echo "<li>" . $val . '</li>';
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