Grouping rows in Gridview

Integrating collapsible groups with triangles in a Yii2 GridView requires a creative approach because GridView is primarily designed for flat data presentation. However, you can achieve this by manipulating the GridView and incorporating custom HTML and JavaScript for the collapsible functionality. Here’s a conceptual outline of how you might approach this:

Step 1: Prepare Your Data

Organize your data in a way that it can be grouped logically. Your data query should include the field(s) you intend to group by.

Step 2: Customize Gridview Rows

You'll use the beforeRow and afterRow properties of the GridView to inject custom HTML for group headers and footers. The group header will include the triangle and group title, and the group footer will serve as a marker for the end of a group.

echo GridView::widget([
    'dataProvider' => $dataProvider,
    'filterModel' => $searchModel,
    'beforeRow' => function ($model, $key, $index, $grid) {
        static $lastGroup = null;
        $currentGroup = $model->groupAttribute; // Replace 'groupAttribute' with your actual attribute used for grouping

        if ($lastGroup !== $currentGroup) {
            $lastGroup = $currentGroup;
            return "<tr class='group-header'><td colspan='5'>
                        <div class='group-title'><span class='triangle'>&#9662;</span> {$currentGroup}

        return null;
    // Define your columns, and other GridView configurations here...

Step 3: CSS for Styling

Add CSS for the group headers and the triangle icon. You can style the triangle to indicate collapsibility and use CSS transformations to change its orientation based on the group's collapsed state.

.group-header .triangle {
    cursor: pointer;
    display: inline-block;
    transition: transform 0.3s ease-in-out;

.group-header.collapsed .triangle {
    transform: rotate(-90deg); /* Pointing right when collapsed */

.group-content {
    display: none; /* Initially hide the content */

Step 4: JavaScript for Collapse/Expand Functionality

Use JavaScript to handle the click event on the group header, toggling the visibility of the group content and the orientation of the triangle icon.

$(document).on('click', '.group-header', function() {
    var header = $(this);
    header.nextUntil('.group-header').toggle(); // This will show/hide the rows until the next group header

Step 5: Integration with Gridview

Caveats and Considerations

This approach is a bit of a hack around the default GridView behavior, so it requires careful implementation and testing to ensure it works smoothly across different datasets and user interactions.

Revision #4
Created 2 February 2024 19:14:33 by Max
Updated 4 February 2024 19:09:38 by Max