ng-grid – Dynamically Setting Group by One or More Fields

June 17, 2014

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in one of LogoUi’s projects we had a requirement for dynamically grouping data,  trying to dynamically group data using the group property , is ignored, so after examining the ng-grid internal code, i found a solution.

Setting group by one field

for grouping by one field, in grid options object you need to call the groupBy function and pass the field as a string argument .



<div ng-controller="MyCtrl">
<button type="button" ng-click="changeGroupBy('name')">Group By Name</button>
<button type="button" ng-click="changeGroupBy('age')">Group By Age</button>
<div class="gridStyle"  ng-grid="gridOptions"></div>


app.controller('MyCtrl', function($scope) {

    $scope.myData = [{"name": "Moroni", "age": 50},
              {"name": "Tiancum", "age": 53},
              {"name": "Jacob", "age": 27},
              {"name": "Nephi", "age": 54},
              {"name": "Alex", "age": 53},
              {"name": "Jhonny", "age": 22},
              {"name": "Ben", "age": 11},

    $scope.gridOptions = { 
        data: 'myData'

    $scope.changeGroupBy = function (group) {

Live Example:

Setting group by array of fields

Grouping by array of fields, it’s a little bit tricky, internally ng-grid has the following function:

// method for user to set the groups programatically
options.groupBy = function (field) {
    if (field) {
        $scope.groupBy($scope.columns.filter(function(c) {
            return c.field === field;
    } else {
        var arr = $.extend(true, [], $scope.configGroups);
        angular.forEach(arr, $scope.groupBy);

as you can see, ng-grid has a little bug, because when trying to pass an array of field names, there is no check for field value to be an array and as a result the first condition executes and we get the following error: TypeError: Cannot read property ‘groupable’ of undefined.

so in order to get our code working (without changing ng-grid internally), we need to add our field names to $scope.configGroups array, then pass an empty/null/undefined argument so the second condition could kick in, start iterating each item in the $scope.configGroups array and start grouping it.


$scope.changeGroupBy = function (group1,group2) {

Live Example:

* For clearing grouping, empty the $scope.configGroups array and call the groupBy method by passing an empty/null/undefined argument .



Hope you’ll find this post helpful.

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one comment

  1. Kishore BabuDecember 22, 2014 ב 15:02

    Hi ALex, Nice post. Could you please show the example to get group sum too?