Angular Data GridGrid Interface

This section details the public interface that your application can use to interact with the grid, including methods, properties and events.

The grid interface is the combination of the following items:

  • Grid Options: properties and callbacks used to configure the grid, e.g. pagination = true and getRowHeight(params).
  • Grid API: methods used to interact with the grid after it's created, e.g. api.getSelectedRows().
  • Grid Events: events published by the grid to inform applications of changes in state, e.g. rowSelected.
  • Row Node: each row in the grid is represented by a Row Node object, which in turn has a reference to the piece of row data provided by the application. The Row Node wraps the row data item. The Row Node has attributes, methods and events for interacting with the specific row e.g. rowNode.setSelected(true).

Properties, Events, Callbacks and APIs

  • Properties: properties are bound via @Inputs (e.g. [columnDefs]="columnDefs").
  • Attributes: attributes are properties that also accept literal values (e.g. rowSelection="multiple").
  • Callbacks: callbacks are bound via @Inputs like properties (e.g. [getRowHeight]="myGetRowHeight").
  • Event Handlers: event handlers are are bound via @Outputs (e.g. (cellClicked)="onCellClicked($event)").
  • API: the grid API and column API are accessible through the component.
    #myGrid // assign an angular ID to the grid - optional

    // these are boolean values, which if included without a value, default to true
    // (if they are not specified, the default is false)

    // these are attributes, not bound, give literal values

    // these are bound properties

    // register a callback

    // register events

Access the Grid & Column API

When the grid is initialised, it will fire the gridReady event. If you want to use the APIs of the grid, you can put an onGridReady(params) callback onto the grid and grab the api(s) from the params. Alternatively, you can retrieve the grid component with a @ViewChild attribute from within your component.

You can then call these apis at a later stage to interact with the grid (on top of the interaction that can be done by setting and changing the properties).

    #myGrid // assign an angular ID to the grid - optional

    // provide gridReady callback to the grid
    // ...

 // in onGridReady, store the api for later use
 onGridReady = (params) => {
     this.api = params.api;
     this.columnApi = params.columnApi;
 @ViewChild('myGrid') grid!: AgGridAngular;

 // Then later access api

The APIs are also accessible through the component. For example in the snippet above the Grid is give the ID of '#myGrid' which then allows the API to be accessed as follows:

<button (click)="myGrid.api.deselectAll()">Clear Selection</button>

Grid Options

The gridOptions object is a 'one stop shop' for the entire interface into the grid and can be used instead of, or in addition to, the component bindings. If an option is set via gridOptions, as well as directly on the component, then the component value will take precedence.

The GridOptions interface supports a generic parameter for row data as detailed in Typescript Generics.

The example below shows the different types of items available on gridOptions.

const gridOptions : GridOptions = {
     // Objects like myRowData and myColDefs would be created in your application
     rowData: myRowData,
     columnDefs: myColDefs,
     pagination: true,
     rowSelection: 'single',

     // EVENTS
     // Add event handlers
     onRowClicked: event => console.log('A row was clicked'),
     onColumnResized: event => console.log('A column was resized'),
     onGridReady: event => console.log('The grid is now ready'),

     getRowHeight: (params) => 25


Once the grid is initialised, you will also have access to the grid API (api) and column API (columnApi) on the gridOptions object as shown:

// refresh the grid

 // resize columns in the grid to fit the available space

Events Are Asynchronous

Grid events are asynchronous so that the state of the grid will be settled by the time your event callback gets invoked.

Default Boolean Properties

Where the property is a boolean (true or false), then false (or left blank) is the default value. For this reason, on / off items are presented in a way that causes the most common behaviour to be used when the value is false. For example, suppressCellFocus is named as such because most people will want cell focus to be enabled.

Next Steps

That's it, Doc! Now you know how to interface with the grid. Go now and find out about all the great options, methods and events you can use.