A library to export server/db data in various formats (e.g. excel, html, pdf, csv etc.)

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A library to export server/db data in various formats (e.g. excel, html, pdf, csv etc.) using the PhpSpreadsheet library. The widget allows you to configure the dataProvider, columns just like a yii\grid\GridView. However, it just displays the export actions in form of a ButtonDropdown menu, for embedding into any of your GridView or other components.

In addition, with release v1.2.0, the extension also displays a handy grid columns selector for controlling the columns for export. The features available with the column selector are:

  • shows a column picker dropdown list to allow selection of columns for export.
  • new container property allows you to group the export menu and column selector dropdowns.
  • new template property for manipulating the display of menu, column selector or additional buttons in button group.
  • allows configuration of column picker dropdown button through columnSelectorOptions
  • auto-generates column labels in the column selector. But you can override displayed column labels for each column key through columnSelector property settings.
  • allows preselected columns through selectedColumns (you must set the selected column keys)
  • allows columns to be disabled in column selector through disabledColumns (you must set the disabled column keys)
  • allows columns to be hidden in column selector through hiddenColumns (you must set the hidden column keys)
  • allows columns to be hidden from both export and column selector through noExportColumns (you must set the no export column keys)
  • toggle display of the column selector through showColumnSelector property
  • column selector is displayed only if asDropdown is set to true.

The extension offers configurable user interfaces for advanced cases using view templates.

  • exportColumnsView allows you to setup your own custom view file for rendering the column selector dropdown.
  • afterSaveView allows you to setup your own after save view file if you are configuring to save exported file on server.


You can see detailed documentation and demonstration on usage of the extension.

Release Changes

NOTE: Refer the CHANGE LOG for details on changes to various releases.


The preferred way to install this extension is through composer.

Note: Read this web tip /wiki on setting the minimum-stability settings for your application's composer.json.


Install the necessary pre-requisite (Krajee Dropdown Extension) based on your bootstrap version:

  • For Bootstrap v5.x install the extension kartik-v/yii2-bootstrap5-dropdown
  • For Bootstrap v4.x install the extension kartik-v/yii2-bootstrap4-dropdown
  • For Bootstrap v3.x install the extension kartik-v/yii2-dropdown-x

For example if you are using the Bootstrap v5.x add the following to the require section of your composer.json file:

"kartik-v/yii2-bootstrap5-dropdown": "@dev"


Either run:

$ php composer.phar require kartik-v/yii2-export "@dev"

or add

"kartik-v/yii2-export": "@dev"

to the require section of your composer.json file.

Note: you must run composer update to have the latest stable dependencies like kartik-v/yii2-krajee-base


The yii2-export extension is dependent on yii2-grid extension module. In order to start using yii2-export, you need to ensure setup of the gridview module in your application modules configuration file. For example:

'modules' => [
    'gridview' => [
        'class' => 'kartik\grid\Module',
        // other module settings



use kartik\export\ExportMenu;
$gridColumns = [
    ['class' => 'yii\grid\SerialColumn'],
    ['class' => 'yii\grid\ActionColumn'],

// Renders a export dropdown menu
echo ExportMenu::widget([
    'dataProvider' => $dataProvider,
    'columns' => $gridColumns,
    'clearBuffers' => true, //optional

// You can choose to render your own GridView separately
echo \kartik\grid\GridView::widget([
    'dataProvider' => $dataProvider,
    'filterModel' => $searchModel,
    'columns' => $gridColumns


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yii2-export is released under the BSD-3-Clause License. See the bundled LICENSE.md for details.