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Group

Group is used to cluster multiple nodes and connectors into a single element. It acts like a container for its children (nodes, groups, and connectors). Every change made to the group also affects the children. Child elements can be edited individually.

Create group

Add group when initializing diagram

A group can be added to the diagram model through nodes collection. To define an object as group, add the child objects to the children collection of the group. The following code illustrates how to create a group node.

  • While creating group, its child node need to be declared before the group declaration.

  • Add a node to the existing group child by using the diagram.group method.

  • The group’s diagram.unGroup method is used to define whether the group can be ungrouped or not.

  • A group can be added into a child of another group.

Source
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index.tsx
import * as React from "react";
import * as ReactDOM from "react-dom";
import {
    Diagram,
    DiagramComponent,
    NodeModel,
} from "@syncfusion/ej2-react-diagrams";
let diagramInstance:DiagramComponent;
let nodes: NodeModel[] = [{
        id: "rectangle1",
        offsetX: 100,
        offsetY: 100,
        width: 100,
        height: 100,
        annotations: [{
            content: 'rectangle1'
        }]
    }, {
        id: "rectangle2",
        offsetX: 200,
        offsetY: 200,
        width: 100,
        height: 100,
        annotations: [{
            content: 'rectangle2'
        }]
    },
    {
        id: "rectangle3",
        offsetX: 400,
        offsetY: 300,
        width: 100,
        height: 100,
        style: {
            fill: 'darkCyan',
            strokeWidth: 2
        },
        annotations: [{
            content: 'rectangle2'
        }]
    },
    // Grouping node 1 and node 2 into a single group
    {
        id: 'group',
        children: ['rectangle1', 'rectangle2']
    },
];

ReactDOM.render( <DiagramComponent id = "diagram"  ref={diagram => (diagramInstance = diagram)}
width = {
    '1500px'
}
height = {
    '600px'
}
nodes = {
    nodes
}
created = {
            () => {
                    diagramInstance.selectAll();
                    // Adding the third node into the existing group
                    diagramInstance.group();
            }
        }
getNodeDefaults = {
    (node: NodeModel) => {
        node.height = 100;
        node.width = 100;
        node.style.fill = '#6BA5D7';
        node.style.strokeColor = 'white';
        return node;
    }
}
/>,   document.getElementById("diagram") );

The following code illustrates how a ungroup at runtime.

Source
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index.tsx
import * as React from "react";
import * as ReactDOM from "react-dom";
import {
    Diagram,
    DiagramComponent,
    NodeModel
} from "@syncfusion/ej2-react-diagrams";
let diagramInstance:DiagramComponent;
let nodes: NodeModel[] = [{
        id: "rectangle1",
        offsetX: 100,
        offsetY: 100,
        width: 100,
        height: 100,
        annotations: [{
            content: 'rectangle1'
        }]
    }, {
        id: "rectangle2",
        offsetX: 200,
        offsetY: 200,
        width: 100,
        height: 100,
        annotations: [{
            content: 'rectangle2'
        }]
    },
    {
        id: 'group',
        children: ['rectangle1', 'rectangle2']
    },

];

ReactDOM.render( <DiagramComponent id = "diagram"  ref={diagram => (diagramInstance = diagram)}
width = {
    '1500px'
}
height = {
    '600px'
}
nodes = {
    nodes
}
getNodeDefaults = {
    (node: NodeModel) => {
        node.height = 100;
        node.width = 100;
        node.style.fill = '#6BA5D7';
        node.style.strokeColor = 'white';
        return node;
    }
}
created = {
            () => {
                    diagramInstance.selectAll();
                    // Ungroup the selected group into nodes
                    diagramInstance.unGroup();
            }
        }
/>,   document.getElementById("diagram") );

Add group at runtime

A group node can be added at runtime by using the client-side method diagram.add.

The following code illustrates how a group node is added at runtime.

Source
Preview
index.tsx
import * as React from "react";
import * as ReactDOM from "react-dom";
import {
    Diagram,
    DiagramComponent,
    NodeModel,
} from "@syncfusion/ej2-react-diagrams";
let diagramInstance:DiagramComponent;
let nodes: NodeModel[] = [{
    id: "rectangle1",
    offsetX: 100,
    offsetY: 100,
    width: 100,
    height: 100,
    annotations: [{
        content: 'rectangle1'
    }]
}, {
    id: "rectangle2",
    offsetX: 200,
    offsetY: 200,
    width: 100,
    height: 100,
    annotations: [{
        content: 'rectangle2'
    }]
}];
let group: NodeModel = {
    id: 'group2',
    children: ['rectangle1', 'rectangle2']
};
ReactDOM.render( <DiagramComponent id = "diagram" ref={diagram => (diagramInstance = diagram)}
        width = {
            '1500px'
        }
        height = {
            '600px'
        }
        getNodeDefaults = {
            (node: NodeModel) => {
                node.height = 100;
                node.width = 100;
                node.style.fill = '#6BA5D7';
                node.style.strokeColor = 'white';
                return node;
            }
        }
        nodes = {
            nodes
        }
        created = {
            () => {
                // Adds the group into the diagram
                diagramInstance.add(group);
            }
        }
        />,   document.getElementById("diagram") );

Container

Containers are used to automatically measure and arrange the size and position of the child elements in a predefined manner. There are two types of containers available.

Canvas

  • The canvas panel supports absolute positioning and provides the least layout functionality to its contained diagram elements.

  • Canvas allows you to position its contained elements by using the margin and alignment properties.

  • Rendering alone possible in canvas container.

  • It allows elements to be either vertically or horizontally aligned.

  • Child can be defined with the collection canvas.children property.

  • Basic element can be defined with the collection of basicElements.

The following code illustrates how to add canvas panel.

Source
Preview
index.tsx
import * as React from "react";
import * as ReactDOM from "react-dom";
import {
    Diagram,
    DiagramComponent,
    DiagramElement,
    Canvas
} from "@syncfusion/ej2-react-diagrams";
let diagramInstance:DiagramComponent;
let canvas: Canvas;
let child1: DiagramElement;
let child2: DiagramElement;
canvas = new Canvas();
canvas.pivot = {
    x: 0,
    y: 0
};
canvas.offsetX = 75;
canvas.offsetY = 75;
canvas.style.fill = '#6BA5D7';

child1 = new DiagramElement();
child1.width = 100;
child1.height = 100;
child1.margin.left = child1.margin.top = 10;

child2 = new DiagramElement();
child2.width = 100;
child2.height = 100;
child2.margin.left = 190;
child2.margin.top = 190;

canvas.children = [child1, child2];

ReactDOM.render( < DiagramComponent id = "diagram"  ref={diagram => diagramInstance = diagram}
        mode = {
            'SVG'
        }
        width = {
            '1000px'
        }
        height = {
            '600px'
        }
        // Defines the basic elements
        basicElements = {
            [canvas]
        }
        />,   document.getElementById("diagram") );

Stack

  • Stack panel is used to arrange its children in a single line or stack order, either vertically or horizontally.

  • It controls spacing by setting margin properties of child and padding properties of group. By default, a stack panel’s orientation is vertical.

The following code illustrates how to add a stack panel.

Source
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index.tsx
import * as React from "react";
import * as ReactDOM from "react-dom";
import {
    Diagram,
    DiagramComponent,
    NodeModel,
    StackPanel,
    TextElement,
} from "@syncfusion/ej2-react-diagrams";
let diagramInstance:DiagramComponent;
let nodes: NodeModel[] = [{
    id: 'node5',
    width: 100,
    height: 100,
    offsetX: 100,
    offsetY: 100,
    style: {
        strokeColor: '#6BA5D7',
        fill: '#6BA5D7'
    },
    annotations: [{
        content: 'Custom Template',
        offset: {
            y: 1
        },
        verticalAlignment: 'Top'
    }]
}, ];

let getTextElement: Function = (text: string) => {
    let textElement: TextElement = new TextElement();
    textElement.width = 50;
    textElement.height = 20;
    textElement.content = text;
    return textElement;
};

let addRows: Function = (column: StackPanel) => {
    column.children.push(getTextElement('Row1'));
    column.children.push(getTextElement('Row2'));
    column.children.push(getTextElement('Row3'));
    column.children.push(getTextElement('Row4'));
};

ReactDOM.render( < DiagramComponent id = "diagram"  ref={diagram => diagramInstance = diagram}
        width = {
            900
        }
        height = {
            900
        }
        nodes = {
            nodes
        }
        getNodeDefaults = {
            (node: NodeModel) => {
                node.height = 100;
                node.width = 100;
                node.style.fill = '#6BA5D7';
                node.style.strokeColor = 'white';
                return node;
            }
        }
        setNodeTemplate = {
            (obj: NodeModel, diagram:Diagram): StackPanel => {
                if (obj.id.indexOf('node5') !== -1) {
                    // It will be replaced with grid panel
                    let table: StackPanel = new StackPanel();
                    table.orientation = 'Horizontal';
                    table.padding.left

                    let column1: StackPanel = new StackPanel();
                    column1.children = [];
                    column1.children.push(getTextElement('Column1'));
                    addRows(column1);

                    let column2: StackPanel = new StackPanel();
                    column2.children = [];
                    column2.children.push(getTextElement('Column2'));
                    addRows(column2);

                    table.children = [column1, column2];
                    return table;
                }
                return null;
            }
        }
        />,   document.getElementById("diagram") );

Difference between a basic group and containers

Group Container
It arranges the child elements based on the child elements position and size properties. Each container has a predefined behavior to measure and arrange its child elements. Canvas and stack containers are supported in the diagram.
The Padding, Min, and Max Size properties are not applicable for basic group. It is applicable for container.
The Children’s margin and alignment properties are not applicable for basic group. It is applicable for container.

Interaction

You can edit the group and its children at runtime. For more information about how to interact with a group, refer to Edit Groups.

See Also