Flexible Content & Repeater Fields for Laravel Nova base on the flexible package from WhiteCube.

v2.8.3 2024-04-10 11:33 UTC


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Marshmallow Nova Flexible

This is a fork from the package of whitecube/nova-flexible-content. This is forked so we can build are own functionalities in to this and make it optimal for our customers.


composer require marshmallow/nova-flexible
php artisan vendor:publish --provider="Marshmallow\Nova\Flexible\FieldServiceProvider"

To use the MarshmallowMediaLayout, this packages requires 'spatie/laravel-medialibrary', see the insturctions for installation on the spatie website For Nova use 'marshmallow/advanced-nova-media-library' and follow the instructions on the github page

Table of Contents


Create layout

To create a new layout you can run the command below.

php artisan make:flex Element\\Counter --livewire

Create templates

php artisan make:flex Forms\\Newsletter --template=newsletter
php artisan make:flex Forms\\Contact --template=form


Nova Resource

You can use the getFlex() method to get all the layouts that are provided with this package and the layouts that you created yourself. If you want to manualy add flexibles to your Nova resource, please reference the manual usage section of this readme.

class Page extends Resource
	use \Marshmallow\Nova\Flexible\Nova\Traits\HasFlexable;

	public function fields(Request $request)
		return [
			// ...
			// ...


Make sure your model will cast this data correctly by adding this to the field of your model.

class Page extends Model
	use \Marshmallow\Nova\Flexible\Concerns\HasFlexible;

	protected $casts = [
		 * 'layout' in the example below references the field
		 * in the model where the json is stored.
		'layout' => \Marshmallow\Nova\Flexible\Casts\FlexibleCast::class,


Title on Layout classes

Sometimes its very hard to see which group is what because all items look the same. It is possible to get a value from one of the fields to be displayed in the group overview. By default the title field will be used but it can be overriten.

// Layout class
// In a layout class you just set the $titleFromContent property to the field name you
// wish it shows.
protected $titleFromContent = 'title';

Title on custom layouts

 * For custom layout, we need to add a 4th parameter. This should be a callable and call the setTitleFromContent method.
	'Mr. Mallow',
	'mr_mallow', [
        Text::make('Title', 'title'),
        Text::make('Sub title', 'sub_title'),
        // ...
	function ($layout) {
		return $layout->setTitleFromContent('sub_title');

 * You can also use a callback to build your title.
	'Mr. Mallow',
	'mr_mallow', [
        Text::make('Title', 'title'),
        Date::make('Date', 'date'),
        Textarea::make('Content', 'content'),
        // ...
	function ($layout) {
		return $layout->resolveTitleUsing(function ($title, $date, $content) {
            return $title . ' ' . Carbon::parse($date)->format('Y-m-d');

Config Methods

You can call a load config method once you've created your flexible field to change the behaviour of the flexible field. Below you will find some examples.

$this->getFlex(__('Layout'), 'layout')
        'simpleView' => null,
        'allowedToCreate' => ['allowed' => true|false],
        'allowedToDelete' => ['allowed' => true|false],
        'allowedToChangeOrder' => ['allowed' => true|false],
        'simpleMenu' => null,
        'button' => ['label' => 'Button Label'],
        'fullWidth' => ['fullWidth' => true|false],
        'limit' => ['limit' => 3],


You can overrule a lot of defaults with the methods below.

Flexible::make(__('Marshmallow'), 'marshmallow')
    ->addLayout(__('Mr. Mallow'), 'mr_mallow', [

    // Don't use the component selector but a simple dropdown menu

    // Use the full with of the nova container

    // Collapse all layouts when they are loaded

    // Change the text in the add more layouts button
    ->button(__('Add comment'))

    // Disable deleting items


See - Whitecube

Copyright (c) 2020 marshmallow.


The Layouts Collection

Collections returned by the FlexibleCast cast and the HasFlexible trait extend the original Illuminate\Support\Collection. These custom layout collections expose a find(string $name) method which returns the first layout having the given layout $name.

The Layout instance

Layouts are some kind of fake models. They use Laravel's HasAttributes trait, which means you can define accessors & mutators for the layout's attributes. Furthermore, it's also possible to access the Layout's properties using the following methods:


Returns the layout's name.


Returns the layout's title (as shown in Nova).


Returns the layout's unique key (the layout's unique identifier).

Going further

When using the Flexible Content field, you'll quickly come across of some use cases where the basics described above are not enough. That's why we developed the package in an extendable way, making it possible to easily add custom behaviors and/or capabilities to Field and its output.

Custom Layout Classes

Sometimes, addLayout definitions can get quite long, or maybe you want them to be shared with other Flexible fields. The answer to this is to extract your Layout into its own class. See the docs for more information on this.

Predefined Preset Classes

In addition to reusable Layout classes, you can go a step further and create Preset classes for your Flexible fields. These allow you to reuse your whole Flexible field anywhere you want. They also make it easier to make your Flexible fields dynamic, for example if you want to add Layouts conditionally. And last but not least, they also have the added benefit of cleaning up your Nova Resource classes, if your Flexible field has a lot of addLayout definitions. See the docs for more information on this.

Custom Resolver Classes

By default, the field takes advantage of a JSON column on your model's table. In some cases, you'd really like to use this field, but for some reason a JSON attribute is just not the way to go. For example, you could want to store the values in another table (meaning you'll be using the Flexible Content field instead of a traditional BelongsToMany or HasMany field). No worries, we've got you covered!

Tell the field how to store and retrieve its content by creating your own Resolver class, which basically just contains two simple methods: get and set. See the docs for more information on this.

Usage with nova-page

Maybe you heard of one of our other packages, nova-page, which is a Nova Tool that allows to edit static pages such as an "About" page (or similar) without having to declare a model for it individually. More often than not, the Flexible Content Field comes in handy. Don't worry, both packages work well together! First create a nova page template and add a flexible content to the template's fields.

As explained in the documentation, you can access nova-page's static content in your blade views using {{ Page::get('attribute') }}. When requesting the flexible content like this, it returns a raw JSON string describing the flexible content, which is of course not very useful. Instead, you can simply implement the Marshmallow\Nova\Flexible\Concerns\HasFlexible trait on your page Templates, which will expose the Page::flexible('attribute') facade method and will take care of the flexible content's transformation.

namespace App\Nova\Templates;

// ...
use Marshmallow\Nova\Flexible\Concerns\HasFlexible;

class Home extends Template
    use HasFlexible;

    // ...

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