Smart Views

This is the official documentation of the forestadmin/laravel-forestadmin v2+ and forestadmin/symfony-forestadmin PHP agents.

What is a Smart View?

Smart Views let you code your List Views using JS, HTML, and CSS. They are taking data visualization to the next level. Ditch the Table View and display your orders on a Map, your events in a Calendar, your movies, pictures and profiles in a Gallery. All of that with the easiness of Forest Admin.

Creating a Smart View

Forest Admin provides an online editor to inject your Smart View code. The editor is available on the collection’s settings, then in the “Smart Views” tab.

The code of a Smart View is a Glimmer Component ↗ and simply consists of a Template and JavaScript code.

You don’t need to know the Ember.js framework to create a Smart View. We will guide you here on all the basic requirements.

For more advanced usage, you can still refer to the Glimmer Component ↗ and the Handlebars Template ↗ documentations.

Available properties

Forest Admin automatically injects into your Smart View some properties to help you display your data like you want.




The current collection



The current page



Indicates if the UI is currently loading your records



The total number of available pages



Your data entries



The current search

Getting your records

The records of your Collection are accessible from the records property. Here’s how to iterate over them in the template section:

{{#each @records as |record|}}{{/each}}

Accessing a specific record

For each record, you will access its attributes through the forest-attribute property. The forest- preceding the field name is required.

{{#each @records as |record|}}
  <p>status: {{record.forest-shipping_status}}</p>

Accessing belongsTo relationships

Accessing a belongsTo relationship works in exactly the same way as accessing a simple field. Forest triggers automatically an API call to retrieve the data from your Admin API only if it’s necessary.

On the Shipping Smart View (in the Collection named Order) defined on our Live Demo example, we’ve displayed the full name of the customer related to an order.

{{#each @records as |record|}}
    Order to

Accessing hasMany relationships

Accessing a hasMany relationship works in exactly the same way as accessing a simple field.. Forest triggers automatically an API call to retrieve the data from your Admin API only if it’s necessary.

{{#each @records as |record|}}
  {{#each @record.forest-comments as |comment|}}

Refreshing data

Trigger the fetchRecords action in order to refresh the records on the page.

<button {{on 'click' @fetchRecords}}>
  Refresh data

Fetching data

Trigger an API call to your Admin API in order to fetch records from any Collection and with any filters you want.

We will use the store service for that purpose. Check out the list of all available services from your Smart View.

In our Live Demo example, the Collection appointments has a Calendar Smart View. When you click on the previous or next month, the Smart View fetches the new events in the selected month. The result here is set to the propertyappointments. You can access it directly from your template.

import Component from '@glimmer/component';
import { inject as service } from '@ember/service';
import { tracked } from '@glimmer/tracking';

export default class extends Component {
  @service store;
  @tracked appointments;

  async fetchData(startDate, endDate) {
    const params = {
      filters: JSON.stringify({
        aggregator: 'And',
        conditions: [
          { field: 'start_date', operator: 'GreaterThan', value: startDate },
          { field: 'start_date', operator: 'LessThan', value: endDate },
      timezone: 'America/Los_Angeles',
      'page[number]': 1,
      'page[size]': 50,

    this.appointments = await'forest_appointment', params);
  // ...
{{#each this.appointments as |appointment|}}

Available parameters




A stringified JSON object containing either:

  • a filter

  • an aggregation of several filters

A filter is built using the following template:


field: <a field name>

operator: <an operator name>

value: <a value>


An aggregation is built using the following template


aggregator: <and or or>

conditions: <an array of filters or aggregations>


List of available operators is: less_than, greater_than, equal, after, before, contains, starts_with, ends_with, not_contains, present, not_equal, blank



The timezone string. Example: America/Los_Angeles.



The page number you want to fetch.



The number of records per page you want to fetch.

Available actions

Forest Admin automatically injects into your Smart View some actions to trigger the logic you want.



Delete one or multiple records.

triggerSmartAction(collection, actionName, record)

Trigger an action defined on the specified collection on a record.

Deleting records

The deleteRecords action lets you delete one or multiple records. A pop-up will automatically ask for a confirmation when a user triggers the delete action.

{{#each @records as |record|}}
    @text='Delete record'
    @action={{fn this.deleteRecords record}}

Triggering an Action

Please note that the Action triggering in the context of the Smart View editor can be broken as you might not have access to all the required information. We advise you to test the Action execution from the Smart View applied to the Collection view.

Here’s how to trigger your Actions directly from your Smart Views.

  @text='Reschedule appointment'
  @action={{fn this.triggerSmartAction @collection 'Reschedule' record}}

triggerSmartAction function imported from 'client/utils/smart-view-utils' has the following signature:

function triggerSmartAction(
  callback = () => {},
  values = null,
) {
  // ...
Argument nameDescription


The reference to the component, in the Smart View it is accessible through the keyword this


The collection where the Action is defined


The Action name


An array of records or a single one


A function executed after the action that takes as the single parameter the result of the action execution


An object containing the values to be passed for the action fields

Here is an example of how to trigger the Action with the values passed from the code, you only need to do it if you don't want to use the built-in Action Form

  @text='Reschedule appointment'
  @action={{fn this.rescheduleToNewTime record}}

Applying a Smart View

To apply a Smart View you created, turn on the Layout Editor mode (1), click on the table button (2) and drag & drop your Smart View's name in first position inside the dropdown (3):

Your view will refresh automatically. You can now turn off the Layout Editor mode (4).

Once your Smart view is applied, it will also be displayed in your record's related data.

In the related data section

In the summary view

As of today, it's not possible to set different views for your Table/Summary/Related Data Views.

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