Display your admin actions in bootstrap modals with frames and callbacks

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Display your admin actions in bootstrap modals with frames and callbacks.

Current status: Work in progress.


The preferred way to install this extension is through composer.

Either run

php composer.phar require --prefer-dist devgroup/yii2-admin-modals "*"

or add

"devgroup/yii2-admin-modals": "*"

to the require section of your composer.json file.


1. Configure application

Add DevGroup\AdminModals\components\AdminModals component with component id adminModals.

Modify your main web application config:

return [
    // your app config here
    // ...
    'components' => [
        'adminModals' => [
            'class' => 'DevGroup\AdminModals\components\AdminModals',
            'layoutFile' => '@app/actions/views/empty-layout',
        // your other app components

AdminModals components has the following params:

  • layoutFile(required) - The path to simplified layout file without your headers, footers, containers etc. This layout is used when your action is rendered inside modal's frame.
  • magicParamKey and uniqueParamKey - Names of GET parameters that are used for communicating between JS part and yii2 backend.

2. Add admin-modals action

Admin-modals action is used for displaying simple empty page inside modal's frame during loading the needed route.

You can show loader spinner there.

By default JS part of yii2-admin-modals will load '/site/admin-modal'. That could be configured later.

For adding action modify your Controller actions() function:

    public function actions()
        return [
            // other actions here...
            'admin-modal' => [
                'class' => DevGroup\AdminModals\actions\EmptyPageAction::class,
                'viewFile' => '@DevGroup/AdminModals/views/admin-modal',
                'layoutFile' => '@app/actions/views/empty-layout',

EmptyPageAction takes the following params:

  • layoutFile - The same as in AdminModalsBehavior but is not required. If not set - the default controller layout will be used.
  • viewFile - The view file location for empty page. By default sample view is used. The only requirement to this view file is to include form tag with admin-modal__frame-form class that would be used for loading actions with POST method.

3. Frontend configuration

At first you need to add dependency to DevGroup\AdminModals\assets\AdminModalsBundle in you main application AssetBundle:

class AppAsset extends AssetBundle
    // your stuff here

    public $depends = [
        // add dependency

If you need to configure JS-part of yii2-admin-modals - add javascript object before AdminModalsBundle loads(for example after opening body tag):

window.AdminModalsSettings = {
    modalActionSelector: '.admin-modal-trigger',
    dataAttribute: 'adminModals',
    adminModalPageUrl: '/site/admin-modal',
    adminModalFrameFormSelector: '.admin-modal__frame-form',
    magicParamKey: '__admin_modals',
    adminModalsUniqueParamKey: '__admin-modals__unique-id'

4. Use your modals

All links and buttons with admin-modal-trigger class assigned will automatically call opening modal windows instead of direct action performing.

Example code:

<a href="/admin/user/edit?id=1" class="btn btn-primary modal-test admin-modal-trigger">
    Open user #1 edit form in modal!

How to manually trigger modal?

An example for showing confirmation on deletion of jstree node:

function confirmDelete(node) {
    url: '/category/delete',
    data: {
      id: $(node.reference[0]).data('id')
    method: 'GET',
    closeCallback: function() {
      alert('Thank you!');
  return false;

That will display /category/delete?id=### in modal.



A helper for jstree DevGroup\AdminModals\helpers\JsTreeHelper has the following static functions:

  • modalOpen($route, $method = 'GET', $attributesMapping = ['id' => 'id']) - Used for opening modals on context-menu actions. Attributes mappings describe additional data params to be added to request. Key is the name of target param, value is the key of data attribute of jstree node which stores target value.


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