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Configuring groups

Group overviewโ€‹

A group is a separate kind of the Diagram items. You can draw simple or more complicated schemes by grouping shapes or other groups in different ways. It is possible to create as one-level groups as nested groups, to configure their appearance and behavior.

note

Groups are available only in the default mode of Diagram/Diagram Editor (type: "default").

Creating groupsโ€‹

To create a group, specify "$group" as a value of the type attribute inside the group object while preparing a related JSON structure to load into the diagram:

const data = [
{
type: "$group",
id: 1,
width: 400,
height: 200,
x: 0,
y: 0,
header: {
text: "User Access",
},
groupChildren: ["1.1", "1.2"],
},
{
type: "it",
id: "1.1",
x: 50,
y: 75,
text: "Remote Desktop"
},
{
type: "it",
id: "1.2",
x: 200,
y: 75,
text: "Login Server"
},
];

// initializing a diagram
const diagram = new dhx.Diagram("diagram_container");
diagram.data.parse(data);

Propertiesโ€‹

See the full list of configuration properties of a group object which allow you to configure the positioning and appearance of the group.

Configuring the group headerโ€‹

The header of the group is disabled by default. To create a group with the header, you should specify the header property in the configuration object of the group.

const data = [
{
type: "$group",
id: 1,
width: 400,
height: 200,
x: 0,
y: 0,
header: {},
},
];

The property contains a lot of attributes which allow you to easily adjust the configuration of the group header. For example, you can define the height of the header and its position, specify the text for your header and adjust its settings.

Check the full list of API properties of the group object.

A header iconโ€‹

To be able to collapse/expand a group, you need to enable the closable attribute of the header property. As a result, an icon, which allows a user to expand/collapse a group, will be added to the header.

const data = [
{
type: "$group",
id: 1,
width: 400,
height: 200,
x: 0,
y: 0,
header: {
text: "Top and collapsed header with tะตxt alignment",
closable: true,
},
},
];

You can change the color of the icon via the iconColor attribute of the group object.

Configuring the behavior of group itemsโ€‹

By default, you can drag any child item of the group out of the group and drag it into another group. To change the behavior of the group items you need to use the groupBehavior and padding attributes of the exitArea property of the group object.

note

The exitArea property defines the behavior of the first-level children of the configurable group only.

The "unbound" and "boundBorderExtension" values of the groupBehavior attribute allows you to define whether the child items can be moved out of the group, and to make the group borders expand when a user is trying to drag an item outside. If needed you can also disable the ability to drag items outside the group via the "boundNoBorderExtension" value.

If groupBehavior: "boundNoBorderExtension" | "boundBorderExtension" is set, you can specify the padding between the group and the edge of the item when moving the item inside the group. For this purpose, use the padding attribute:

const data = [
{
type: "$group",
id: 1,
width: 830,
height: 400,
x: 0,
y: 0,
exitArea: {
groupBehavior: "boundBorderExtension",
padding: 10
},
//fixed: true,
groupChildren: ["1.1", "1.2", "1.3"],
},
...
];