Handle enums with alias labels in a smart action

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Handle enums with alias labels in a smart action

Context: As a user to choose the input for a smart action field from a list of labels and I want a label to be pre-selected depending on the record's information. The labels do not correspond to the value to be updated in the database.

Example: I have a collection companies that has a status field. The status value in the database can be rejected or live.

In a smart action called update company status I want users to be able to select an alias value (i.e. 'rejeté' for rejected and 'validé' for live).


In order not to duplicate the matching to be made between the different values from the UI to the database and the other way around, I create a company-status-handler file that will allow me to handle the conversion.


exports.statusValueMatching = {
  rejected: 'rejeté',
  live: 'validé',

function getKeyByValue(object, value) {
  return Object.keys(object).find((key) => object[key] === value);

exports.convertStatusValue = (status, source) => {
  if (source === 'database') {
    return this.statusValueMatching[status];
  return getKeyByValue(this.statusValueMatching, status);


const { collection } = require('forest-express-sequelize');

const {
} = require('../services/companies-status-handler');

collection('companies', {
  actions: [
      name: 'Update company status',
      type: 'single',
      fields: [
          field: 'Statut',
          type: 'Enum',
          enums: Object.values(statusValueMatching),
      values: (company) => {
        company.Statut = convertStatusValue(company.status, 'database');
        return company;
  fields: [],
  segments: [],


const express = require('express');
const { PermissionMiddlewareCreator } = require('forest-express-sequelize');
const { companies } = require('../models');
const { convertStatusValue } = require('../services/companies-status-handler');

const router = express.Router();
const permissionMiddlewareCreator = new PermissionMiddlewareCreator(

router.post('/actions/update-company-status', (request, response, next) => {
  // Learn what this route does here: https://docs.forestadmin.com/documentation/v/v6/reference-guide/routes/default-routes#create-a-record
  const attr = request.body.data.attributes;
      { status: convertStatusValue(attr.values.Statut, 'front') },
      { where: { id: attr.ids[0] } }
    .then(() => response.send({ success: 'company updated' }));

module.exports = router;

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