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Editing in JavaScript (ES5) TreeGrid control

08 Feb 2023 / 5 minutes to read

The TreeGrid component has options to dynamically insert, delete and update records. Editing feature is enabled by using editSettings property and it requires a primary key column for CRUD operations. To define the primary key, set columns.isPrimaryKey to true in particular column.

To use CRUD, inject the Edit module in treegrid.

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ej.treegrid.TreeGrid.Inject(ej.treegrid.Edit);

var treeGridObj = new ej.treegrid.TreeGrid({
    dataSource: sampleData,
    childMapping: 'subtasks',
    editSettings: { allowEditing: true, allowAdding: true, allowDeleting: true, mode: 'Cell' },
    treeColumnIndex: 1,
    columns: [
        { field: 'taskID', headerText: 'Task ID', isPrimaryKey: true, width: 90, textAlign: 'Right'},
        { field: 'taskName', headerText: 'Task Name', width: 180 },
        { field: 'priority', headerText: 'Priority', width: 90 },
        { field: 'duration', headerText: 'Duration', width: 80, textAlign: 'Right' }
    ],
    height: 270
});

treeGridObj.appendTo('#TreeGrid');
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<!DOCTYPE html><html lang="en"><head>
            
    <title>EJ2 Tree Grid</title>
    <meta charset="utf-8">
    <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0">
    <meta name="description" content="Typescript Tree Grid Control">
    <meta name="author" content="Syncfusion">
    <link href="index.css" rel="stylesheet">
    <!-- Syncfusion Essential JS 2 Styles -->
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="https://cdn.syncfusion.com/ej2/20.4.48/material.css">
    <link href="//cdn.syncfusion.com/ej2/20.4.48/ej2-splitbuttons/styles/material.css" rel="stylesheet">
    
    
<script src="https://cdn.syncfusion.com/ej2/20.4.48/dist/ej2.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script src="es5-datasource.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
</head>
<body>
    
    <div id="container">
        <div id="TreeGrid"></div>        
    </div>

<script>
var ele = document.getElementById('container');
if(ele) {
    ele.style.visibility = "visible";
 }   
        </script>
<script src="index.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
</body></html>

Toolbar with edit option

The treegrid toolbar has the built-in items to execute Editing actions. You can define this by using the toolbar property.

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ej.treegrid.TreeGrid.Inject(ej.treegrid.Edit, ej.treegrid.Toolbar);

var treeGridObj = new ej.treegrid.TreeGrid({
    dataSource: sampleData,
    childMapping: 'subtasks',
    toolbar: ['Add', 'Edit', 'Delete', 'Update', 'Cancel'],
    editSettings: { allowEditing: true, allowAdding: true, allowDeleting: true, mode: 'Row' },
    treeColumnIndex: 1,
    columns: [
        { field: 'taskID', headerText: 'Task ID', isPrimaryKey: true, width: 90, textAlign: 'Right'},
        { field: 'taskName', headerText: 'Task Name', width: 180 },
        { field: 'priority', headerText: 'Priority', width: 90 },
        { field: 'duration', headerText: 'Duration', width: 80, textAlign: 'Right' }
    ],
    height: 270
});

treeGridObj.appendTo('#TreeGrid');
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<!DOCTYPE html><html lang="en"><head>
            
    <title>EJ2 Tree Grid</title>
    <meta charset="utf-8">
    <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0">
    <meta name="description" content="Typescript Tree Grid Control">
    <meta name="author" content="Syncfusion">
    <link href="index.css" rel="stylesheet">
    <!-- Syncfusion Essential JS 2 Styles -->
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="https://cdn.syncfusion.com/ej2/20.4.48/material.css">
    <link href="//cdn.syncfusion.com/ej2/20.4.48/ej2-splitbuttons/styles/material.css" rel="stylesheet">
    
    
<script src="https://cdn.syncfusion.com/ej2/20.4.48/dist/ej2.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script src="es5-datasource.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
</head>
<body>
    
    <div id="container">
        <div id="TreeGrid"></div>        
    </div>

<script>
var ele = document.getElementById('container');
if(ele) {
    ele.style.visibility = "visible";
 }   
        </script>
<script src="index.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
</body></html>

Adding row position

The TreeGrid control provides the support to add the new row in the top, bottom, above selected row, below selected row and child position of tree grid content using editSettings.newRowPosition property. By default, a new row will be added at the top of the treegrid.

The following examples shows how to set new row position as Child in tree grid.

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ej.treegrid.TreeGrid.Inject(ej.treegrid.Edit, ej.treegrid.Toolbar);

var treeGridObj = new ej.treegrid.TreeGrid({
    dataSource: sampleData,
    childMapping: 'subtasks',
    toolbar: ['Add', 'Delete', 'Update', 'Cancel'],
    editSettings: { allowEditing: true, allowAdding: true, allowDeleting: true, newRowPosition: 'Child', mode: 'Cell' },
    treeColumnIndex: 1,
    columns: [
        { field: 'taskID', headerText: 'Task ID', isPrimaryKey: true, width: 90, textAlign: 'Right'},
        { field: 'taskName', headerText: 'Task Name', width: 180 },
        {
            field: 'startDate', headerText: 'Start Date', width: 90, textAlign: 'Right', editType: 'datepickeredit', type: 'date', format: 'yMd'
        },
        { field: 'duration', headerText: 'Duration', width: 80, textAlign: 'Right' }
    ],
    height: 270
});

treeGridObj.appendTo('#TreeGrid');
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<!DOCTYPE html><html lang="en"><head>
            
    <title>EJ2 Tree Grid</title>
    <meta charset="utf-8">
    <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0">
    <meta name="description" content="Typescript Tree Grid Control">
    <meta name="author" content="Syncfusion">
    <link href="index.css" rel="stylesheet">
    <!-- Syncfusion Essential JS 2 Styles -->
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="https://cdn.syncfusion.com/ej2/20.4.48/material.css">
    <link href="//cdn.syncfusion.com/ej2/20.4.48/ej2-splitbuttons/styles/material.css" rel="stylesheet">
    
    
<script src="https://cdn.syncfusion.com/ej2/20.4.48/dist/ej2.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script src="es5-datasource.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
</head>
<body>
    
    <div id="container">
        <div id="TreeGrid"></div>        
    </div>

<script>
var ele = document.getElementById('container');
if(ele) {
    ele.style.visibility = "visible";
 }   
        </script>
<script src="index.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
</body></html>

Confirmation messages

Delete confirmation

The delete confirm dialog can be shown when deleting a record by defining the showDeleteConfirmDialog as true

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ej.treegrid.TreeGrid.Inject(ej.treegrid.Edit, ej.treegrid.Toolbar);

var treeGridObj = new ej.treegrid.TreeGrid({
    dataSource: sampleData,
    childMapping: 'subtasks',
    toolbar: ['Add', 'Delete', 'Update', 'Cancel'],
    editSettings: { allowEditing: true, allowAdding: true, allowDeleting: true, showDeleteConfirmDialog: true, mode: 'Cell' },
    treeColumnIndex: 1,
    columns: [
        { field: 'taskID', headerText: 'Task ID', isPrimaryKey: true, width: 90, textAlign: 'Right'},
        { field: 'taskName', headerText: 'Task Name', width: 180 },
        {
            field: 'startDate', headerText: 'Start Date', width: 90, textAlign: 'Right', editType: 'datepickeredit', type: 'date', format: 'yMd'
        },
        { field: 'duration', headerText: 'Duration', width: 80, textAlign: 'Right' }
    ],
    height: 270
});

treeGridObj.appendTo('#TreeGrid');
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<!DOCTYPE html><html lang="en"><head>
            
    <title>EJ2 Tree Grid</title>
    <meta charset="utf-8">
    <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0">
    <meta name="description" content="Typescript Tree Grid Control">
    <meta name="author" content="Syncfusion">
    <link href="index.css" rel="stylesheet">
    <!-- Syncfusion Essential JS 2 Styles -->
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="https://cdn.syncfusion.com/ej2/20.4.48/material.css">
    <link href="//cdn.syncfusion.com/ej2/20.4.48/ej2-splitbuttons/styles/material.css" rel="stylesheet">
    
    
<script src="https://cdn.syncfusion.com/ej2/20.4.48/dist/ej2.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script src="es5-datasource.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
</head>
<body>
    
    <div id="container">
        <div id="TreeGrid"></div>        
    </div>

<script>
var ele = document.getElementById('container');
if(ele) {
    ele.style.visibility = "visible";
 }   
        </script>
<script src="index.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
</body></html>

The showDeleteConfirmDialog supports all type of edit modes.

Default column values on add new

The treegrid provides an option to set the default value for the columns when adding a new record in it. To set a default value for the particular column by defining the columns.defaultValue.

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ej.treegrid.TreeGrid.Inject(ej.treegrid.Edit, ej.treegrid.Toolbar);

var treeGridObj = new ej.treegrid.TreeGrid({
    dataSource: sampleData,
    childMapping: 'subtasks',
    toolbar: ['Add', 'Delete', 'Update', 'Cancel'],
    editSettings: { allowEditing: true, allowAdding: true, allowDeleting: true, showDeleteConfirmDialog: true, mode: 'Cell' },
    treeColumnIndex: 1,
    columns: [
        { field: 'taskID', headerText: 'Task ID', isPrimaryKey: true, width: 90, textAlign: 'Right'},
        { field: 'taskName', headerText: 'Task Name', width: 180 },
        {
            field: 'startDate', headerText: 'Start Date', width: 90, textAlign: 'Right', editType: 'datepickeredit', type: 'date', format: 'yMd'
        },
        { field: 'priority', headerText: 'Priority', width: 80, defaultValue: 'Normal' }
    ],
    height: 270
});

treeGridObj.appendTo('#TreeGrid');
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<!DOCTYPE html><html lang="en"><head>
            
    <title>EJ2 Tree Grid</title>
    <meta charset="utf-8">
    <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0">
    <meta name="description" content="Typescript Tree Grid Control">
    <meta name="author" content="Syncfusion">
    <link href="index.css" rel="stylesheet">
    <!-- Syncfusion Essential JS 2 Styles -->
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="https://cdn.syncfusion.com/ej2/20.4.48/material.css">
    <link href="//cdn.syncfusion.com/ej2/20.4.48/ej2-splitbuttons/styles/material.css" rel="stylesheet">
    
    
<script src="https://cdn.syncfusion.com/ej2/20.4.48/dist/ej2.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script src="es5-datasource.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
</head>
<body>
    
    <div id="container">
        <div id="TreeGrid"></div>        
    </div>

<script>
var ele = document.getElementById('container');
if(ele) {
    ele.style.visibility = "visible";
 }   
        </script>
<script src="index.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
</body></html>

Disable editing for particular column

You can disable editing for particular columns by using the columns.allowEditing.

In the following demo, editing is disabled for the Start Date column.

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ej.treegrid.TreeGrid.Inject(ej.treegrid.Edit, ej.treegrid.Toolbar);

var treeGridObj = new ej.treegrid.TreeGrid({
    dataSource: sampleData,
    childMapping: 'subtasks',
    toolbar: ['Add', 'Delete', 'Update', 'Cancel'],
    editSettings: { allowEditing: true, allowAdding: true, allowDeleting: true, mode: 'Cell' },
    treeColumnIndex: 1,
    columns: [
        { field: 'taskID', headerText: 'Task ID', isPrimaryKey: true, width: 90, textAlign: 'Right'},
        { field: 'taskName', headerText: 'Task Name', width: 180 },
        {
            field: 'startDate', headerText: 'Start Date', width: 90, allowEditing: false, textAlign: 'Right', type: 'date', format: 'yMd'
        },
        { field: 'duration', headerText: 'Duration', width: 80, textAlign: 'Right' }
    ],
    height: 270
});

treeGridObj.appendTo('#TreeGrid');
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<!DOCTYPE html><html lang="en"><head>
            
    <title>EJ2 Tree Grid</title>
    <meta charset="utf-8">
    <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0">
    <meta name="description" content="Typescript Tree Grid Control">
    <meta name="author" content="Syncfusion">
    <link href="index.css" rel="stylesheet">
    <!-- Syncfusion Essential JS 2 Styles -->
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="https://cdn.syncfusion.com/ej2/20.4.48/material.css">
    <link href="//cdn.syncfusion.com/ej2/20.4.48/ej2-splitbuttons/styles/material.css" rel="stylesheet">
    
    
<script src="https://cdn.syncfusion.com/ej2/20.4.48/dist/ej2.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script src="es5-datasource.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
</head>
<body>
    
    <div id="container">
        <div id="TreeGrid"></div>        
    </div>

<script>
var ele = document.getElementById('container');
if(ele) {
    ele.style.visibility = "visible";
 }   
        </script>
<script src="index.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
</body></html>

Troubleshoot: Editing works only for first row

The Editing functionalities can be performed based upon the primary key value of the selected row. If primaryKey is not defined in the treegrid, then edit or delete action take places the first row.

You can refer to our JavaScript Tree Grid feature tour page for its groundbreaking feature representations. You can also explore our JavaScript Tree Grid example JavaScript Tree Grid example to knows how to present and manipulate data.