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Terms, Icons, and Labels

Many classes have shortcut names used when creating (instantiating) a class with a configuration object. The shortcut name is referred to as an alias (or xtype if the class extends Ext.Component). The alias/xtype is listed next to the class name of applicable classes for quick reference.

Access Levels

Framework classes or their members may be specified as private or protected. Else, the class / member is public. Public, protected, and private are access descriptors used to convey how and when the class or class member should be used.

Member Types

Member Syntax

Below is an example class member that we can disect to show the syntax of a class member (the lookupComponent method as viewed from the Ext.button.Button class in this case).

lookupComponent ( item ) : Ext.Component

Called when a raw config object is added to this container either during initialization of the items config, or when new items are added), or {@link #insert inserted.

This method converts the passed object into an instanced child component.

This may be overridden in subclasses when special processing needs to be applied to child creation.


item :  Object

The config object being added.


The component to be added.

Let's look at each part of the member row:

Member Flags

The API documentation uses a number of flags to further commnicate the class member's function and intent. The label may be represented by a text label, an abbreviation, or an icon.

Class Icons

- Indicates a framework class

- A singleton framework class. *See the singleton flag for more information

- A component-type framework class (any class within the Ext JS framework that extends Ext.Component)

- Indicates that the class, member, or guide is new in the currently viewed version

Member Icons

- Indicates a class member of type config

- Indicates a class member of type property

- Indicates a class member of type method

- Indicates a class member of type event

- Indicates a class member of type theme variable

- Indicates a class member of type theme mixin

- Indicates that the class, member, or guide is new in the currently viewed version

Class Member Quick-Nav Menu

Just below the class name on an API doc page is a row of buttons corresponding to the types of members owned by the current class. Each button shows a count of members by type (this count is updated as filters are applied). Clicking the button will navigate you to that member section. Hovering over the member-type button will reveal a popup menu of all members of that type for quick navigation.

Getter and Setter Methods

Getting and setter methods that correlate to a class config option will show up in the methods section as well as in the configs section of both the API doc and the member-type menus just beneath the config they work with. The getter and setter method documentation will be found in the config row for easy reference.

History Bar

Your page history is kept in localstorage and displayed (using the available real estate) just below the top title bar. By default, the only search results shown are the pages matching the product / version you're currently viewing. You can expand what is displayed by clicking on the button on the right-hand side of the history bar and choosing the "All" radio option. This will show all recent pages in the history bar for all products / versions.

Within the history config menu you will also see a listing of your recent page visits. The results are filtered by the "Current Product / Version" and "All" radio options. Clicking on the button will clear the history bar as well as the history kept in local storage.

If "All" is selected in the history config menu the checkbox option for "Show product details in the history bar" will be enabled. When checked, the product/version for each historic page will show alongside the page name in the history bar. Hovering the cursor over the page names in the history bar will also show the product/version as a tooltip.

Search and Filters

Both API docs and guides can be searched for using the search field at the top of the page.

On API doc pages there is also a filter input field that filters the member rows using the filter string. In addition to filtering by string you can filter the class members by access level, inheritance, and read only. This is done using the checkboxes at the top of the page.

The checkbox at the bottom of the API class navigation tree filters the class list to include or exclude private classes.

Clicking on an empty search field will show your last 10 searches for quick navigation.

API Doc Class Metadata

Each API doc page (with the exception of Javascript primitives pages) has a menu view of metadata relating to that class. This metadata view will have one or more of the following:

Expanding and Collapsing Examples and Class Members

Runnable examples (Fiddles) are expanded on a page by default. You can collapse and expand example code blocks individually using the arrow on the top-left of the code block. You can also toggle the collapse state of all examples using the toggle button on the top-right of the page. The toggle-all state will be remembered between page loads.

Class members are collapsed on a page by default. You can expand and collapse members using the arrow icon on the left of the member row or globally using the expand / collapse all toggle button top-right.

Desktop -vs- Mobile View

Viewing the docs on narrower screens or browsers will result in a view optimized for a smaller form factor. The primary differences between the desktop and "mobile" view are:

Viewing the Class Source

The class source can be viewed by clicking on the class name at the top of an API doc page. The source for class members can be viewed by clicking on the "view source" link on the right-hand side of the member row.

Ext JS 5.1.2


Pivot Grid

The Pivot Grid component enables rapid summarization of large sets of data. It provides a simple way to condense many data points into a format that makes trends and insights more apparent. A classic example is sales data. A company will often have a record of all sales it makes for a given period. This will often encompass thousands of rows of data. The Pivot Grid allows you to see how well each salesperson performed, which cities generate the most revenue, how products perform between cities, etc.

Note: This guide covers the stand-alone PivotGrid download used with Ext JS versions prior to 6.x. The following will need to be substituted throughout the guide when working with the stand-alone download.

  • All "Mz" namespaced classes are namespaced with "Ext" in Ext JS 6
  • "Mz.aggregate." classes are "Ext.pivot." in Ext JS 6
  • The Mz.aggregate.matrix.Abstract.grandTotalKey of '_mzgrandtotal_' is Ext.pivot.matrix.Abstract.grandTotalKey of grandtotal in Ext JS 6

Imagine you had the following grid panel:

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How could you easily implement a client-side solution that answered the following questions?

  1. What is John Doe's total order amount?

  2. What are the total order amounts by country?

  3. How did a salespeople perform in a specific year?

These are the sorts of challenges that the Pivot Grid solves. Let's take a look at how the answers may be visualized.

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The Pivot Grid is not bundled within the Ext JS framework, but is easy to require into your application. Whether you're working with an application generated by Sencha Cmd or with an application structure of your own design, including the Pivot Grid code and styling only requires a couple of steps.


Ext JS

Sencha Pivot Grid works with any version of Sencha Ext JS 4.1.x+

Sencha Cmd

Sencha Cmd is not required to utilize the Pivot Grid. However, using Cmd allows you to seamlessly include the Pivot Grid package via your application's app.json file.


Using the Pivot Grid with Sencha Cmd

The Pivot Grid is delivered with full source code that is packaged in a way that makes it easy to deploy to your application's packages folder.

To include the Pivot Grid, simply modify your app.json file in your application root directory to require the Pivot Grid package:


    "name": "YourApp",

    "requires": [



    "id": "391a5ff6-2fd8-4e10-84d3-9114e1980e2d"


Using the Pivot Grid without Sencha Cmd

The SDK contains a compiled version of the Pivot Grid's code that is available for those not using Sencha Cmd. To include the Pivot Grid in this manner, link the following assets from your index page:



Include the following in your application directory:


Using Pivot Grid

The Pivot Grid relies on two pieces that extend the native grid panel - Axis and Aggregation. Axis allows you to determine row and column placement while aggregation manages the grouping calculations.


Let's delve into the Pivot Grid by imagining the use case we discussed above. First, we'll break the dataset into salespeople and years. We can do this by configuring the top and left axis:

leftAxis: [{

    width: 80,

    dataIndex: 'salesperson',

    header: 'Salesperson'


topAxis: [{

    dataIndex: 'year',

    header: 'Year',

    direction: 'ASC'


This results in a view like this:

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Next, we'll set up the aggregation so the cell values can be appropriately calculated.
The Pivot Grid includes many aggregation methods out of the box.

  • sum

  • average

  • min

  • max

  • count

  • groupSumPercentage - If John sold items in the US and Germany you may want to see what percentage was sold to US from the total sales. The groupSumPercentage method calculates the percentage of the current item sum out of the parent item sum.

  • groupCountPercentage - This is the same as groupSumPercentage, but uses count instead of sum.

  • variance

  • varianceP

  • stdDev

  • stdDevP

You may also provide your own aggregation function for customized processing. The following example demonstrates how to aggregate multiple fields (sales and quantity) by configuring each aggregator in the aggregate array. As you can see, we're using a custom aggregator for Quantity.

aggregate: [{

    measure: 'amount',

    header: 'Sales',

    aggregator: 'sum',

    align: 'right',

    width: 85,

    renderer: Ext.util.Format.numberRenderer('0,000.00')

}, {

    measure: 'orderid',

    header: 'Qnt',

    aggregator: function(records, measure, matrix, rowGroupKey, colGroupKey) {

        // custom aggregator logic

        return records.length;


    align: 'right',

    width: 85,

    renderer: Ext.util.Format.numberRenderer('0,000.00')


The above is a simple example to show what's possible. If you are writing your own aggregation methods, it's best to override Ext.pivot.Aggregators. In the override you can add your functions and use the function name as the aggregator config name.

Ext.define('Overrides.pivot.Aggregators', {

    override: 'Ext.pivot.Aggregators',

    myOwnFn: function(records) {

        // custom aggregator logic

        return records.length;



// Then you can define your aggregate config in this manner

aggregate: [{

    // ...

    measure:    'field',

    aggregator: 'myOwnFn'

    // ...



Sorting Results

When defining a dimension, you can set the following configs to affect sorting results.

  • sortable: True to sort the results (default is true).

  • direction: You may specify whether you want the results to be sorted (ascending) ASC or (descending) DESC (default is ASC).

  • caseSensitiveSort: Configure as true to make the filtering match with exact case matching (default is true).

  • sorterFn: Custom sorter function.

  • sortIndex: You may want to sort your results using the value of another field on the record. Let's say you have one field "month-name" with values like Jan, Feb, etc. and another field "month-value" with values like 1, 2, etc. It makes sense to have the results from "month-name" (dataIndex) and sort by "month-value" (sortIndex).

Multiple Grand Totals

By default, the Pivot Grid calculates grand totals on rows. You may choose whether or not to display the grand total. Adding multiple grand totals on rows is possible in two ways:

  • You can listen to the pivotbuildtotals event, which is fired by the Pivot Grid. The event handler is passed as a parameter, which contains an array of grand total values and the default value. Each object in that array should have a "title" and a "values" array that will be used to generate the totals record.

  • You can extend one of the matrix classes and use the template method onBuildTotals to perform the same logic as above.

The new grand totals that you provide will be styled as the default grand total in the Pivot Grid.

// ...

listeners: {

    pivotbuildtotals: function(matrix, totals) {

        var dataAvg = {},

            dataMax = {};

        Ext.Array.each(matrix.model, function(field) {

            var result,


            if (field.col && field.agg) {

                agg = matrix.aggregate.getByKey(field.agg);

                result = matrix.results.get(matrix.grandTotalKey, field.col);

                if (result && agg) {

                    dataAvg[] = result.calculateByFn(

                    dataMax[] = result.calculateByFn(





            title: 'Grand total (avg)',

            values: dataAvg

        }, {

            title: 'Grand total (max)',

            values: dataMax




// ...

Range Grouping

Let's say that you have results for years on one axis and you want to group them as 80', 90', and so on. You can achieve this in two ways:

  • You can define a "grouperFn" on the dimension that will will be passed the record and should return the group value (i.e. 80', 90' etc).

  • You can define a new field on the source model that has a "convert" function and does the same thing as above.

grouperFn example:

leftAxis: [{

    // ...

    grouperFn: function(record) {

        var dataIndex = this.dataIndex,

            recIndex = record.get(dataIndex);

        if (recIndex >= 1980 && recIndex < 1990) return "80'";

        if (recIndex >= 1990 && recIndex < 2000) return "90'";

        return 'Rest';


    // ...



The Pivot Grid provides two types of filters:

Label filter

The label filter allows you to filter results by evaluating the values generated for top or left axis results (i.e. begins with, does not begin with, ends with, etc.).

Value filter

The value filter allows you to filter results by evaluating the values calculated for each top/left axis pair (i.e. equals to, greater than, top 10 items, top 10 percent, top 10 sum, etc.).

The filter is configured on a dimension item of the left or top axis.

leftAxis: [{

    // ...

    filter: {

        mztype: 'value',

        type: Ext.pivot.filter.Value.TypeTop10,

        topOrder: 'top',

        topType: 'sum',

        value: 9500,

        dimensionId: 'agg2'


    // ...


For more information check out the filter classes (Ext.pivot.filter.*).

Buffered Rendering

There may be thousands of records in the Pivot store once the Pivot Grid's calculations have completed. To prevent the DOM from being overwhelmed, you may want to use the BufferedRenderer plugin. BufferedRenderer has been available since version Ext JS 4.2.0. In version 5+ BufferedRendering is used on the grid panel by default.

The BufferedRenderer allows users to scroll through thousand of records without the performance penalties of rendering all of the records on screen at once.



Pivot Grid provides two layout types with the viewLayoutType config: outline and compact.


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Totals Positioning

The position of the grand totals can be configured for both the left and top axis. The total can be set as first, last, or none.

The group totals will always be visible when the group is collapsed. This occurs regardless of what is configured for the totals when you have multiple dimensions configured on one axis. The same configuration will also be used when the group is expanded.


Renderers can be used to style the cell or to format the output value. To style a cell you should define the renderer function on the aggregate dimension. For example:

// ...

aggregator: 'sum',

renderer: function(value, meta, record) {

    if (value > 40000) { = "background-color: yellow;";


    return Ext.util.Format.number(value, '0,000.00');


// ...

Using the above renderer, the resulting grid output would appear as:

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You can also define more complex logic in the renderer function. For instance, the below renderer styles the cell differently when the sum is lower than the average of some other field on the model.

// ...

aggregator: 'sum',

renderer: function(value, meta, record, recordIndex, columnIndex, store, view) {

    var grid = view.up('pivotgrid'),

        topItem = grid.getTopAxisItem(meta.column),

        leftItem = grid.getLeftAxisItem(record),


    if (topItem && leftItem) {

        result = grid.getMatrix().results.get(leftItem.key, topItem.key);

        // if you already have the avg configured on another 
        // dimension just fetch the result

        // result.getValue('avg')

        // otherwise calculate the result

        result.calculateByFn('avg', 'some-other-field', Ext.pivot.Aggregators.avg);

        if (value < result.getValue('avg')) {

   = "background-color: yellow;";



    return Ext.util.Format.number(value, '0,000.00');


// ...


Pivot Grids may be configured as stateful by using stateful: true along with a stateId. The state will save all dimension configs that you provided for the left, top, and aggregate. It will additionally recall the state of expanded or collapsed groups.

Locked Grids

You can "lock" left axis columns by setting enableLocking: true on the Pivot Grid.
This allows you scroll just the top axis generated columns.


Range editor

This plugin allows users to edit Pivot Grid results. Users can double click a Pivot Grid cell which opens a window that contains various fields to update. The following types of edits are available:

  • percentage: The provided value is a percentage that should be used to increase the values on all records behind that cell.

  • increment: The provided value will be added to the existing value on each record.

  • overwrite: The provided value will replace the existing value on each record.

  • uniformly: The provided value will be distributed uniformly on all records.

The plugin also provides two template methods that you can use to pre / post process the edit: onBeforeRecordsUpdate and onAfterRecordsUpdate.

Drill down

The drill down plugin allows the user to drill down into Pivot Grid results. Users can double click a Pivot Grid cell which opens a dialog window housing a grid containing records sourced by the cell.

The grid presented in that drill down window may be customized by configuring the columns config on the plugin in the same way as a normal Ext JS grid.

Excel Export

The Excel export plugin allows users to export Pivot Grid results to a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet. The getExcelData method will return the source xml data. The function has two parameters:

  • onlyExpandedNodes: Set to true to export only the expanded groups (defaults to false).

  • includeTotals: Set to false to exclude the totals from the xml export (defaults to true).

The plugin offers a number of optional configs that may be used for styling the XML export.

The example below uses Base64 data URLs to download the generated XML data as a file.
This approach only works in Chrome and Firefox at this time. In order to provide a solution for all browsers, it's preferable to send the XML data to the server and have the server respond back with the proper headers for a downloadable file. As previously mentioned, all browsers are not currently supported. You may test and find the existing implementation is sufficient or you may wish to test with a third party solution like:

You can provide a function in your Pivot Grid extension like this:

// ...

onExport: function() {

    var me = this,

        form = Ext.DomHelper.createDom({

            tag: 'form',

            action: 'url', // this is a URL on your server that receives the xml content

            method: 'POST',

            children: [{

                tag: 'input',

                type: 'hidden',

                name: 'filename',

                value: me.title

            }, {

                tag: 'input',

                type: 'hidden',

                name: 'content',

                value: encodeURIComponent(me.getExcelData())





getExcelData: function() {

    // let's assume that you defined your pluginId as "excelexport"

    return this.getPlugin('excelexport').getExcelData(false, true);


// …

Using a PHP script on your server side, you could do something along these lines:

// ...

$fileContent = $_POST['filename'].'.xml';

$fileContent = $_POST['content'];

header('Content-Length: '.strlen($fileContent));

header("Content-Type:   application/; charset=utf-8");

header("Content-Disposition: attachment; filename=\"$fileName\"");

header("Expires: 0");

header("Cache-Control: must-revalidate, post-check=0, pre-check=0");

header("Cache-Control: private", false);

echo urldecode($fileContent);

// ...


The configurator plugin allows the user to easily configure a Pivot Grid with drag and drop functionality. You can define "fields" on this plugin as an array of available fields to drag and drop on dimensions. The plugin will automatically extract all fields from the store model when using a Local matrix if the fields config is empty.

If you have custom fields, you'll need to configure each field with:

  • dataIndex: The field name on the model that provides the field value

  • header: The field title displayed in the view

  • any other dimension item config

Matrix Class


Most events fired by matrix classes are relayed to the Pivot Grid along with a pivot prefix.

Abstract matrix

The Abstract matrix class builds the top and left axis items. It also calculates the result for each left / top item pair.

Local matrix

Setting your matrix type to "local" indicates that the browser will be responsible for calculating data. The Local matrix is ideal for small to medium-sized data sets.

Ext.create('Ext.pivot.Grid', {

    // ...

    matrixConfig: {

        mztype: 'local', // default value

        store: 'YourStore',

        recordsPerJob: 1000,

        timeBetweenJobs: 2


    // ...


The Local matrix processes store records in multiple jobs to help prevent overloading the browser when working with medium-sized data sets. You can optionally configure how many records should be processed per job and how long to wait between jobs.

Remote matrix

Calculating large data sets in the browser can take a lot of time and may cause the browser to become unresponsive. If you are working with large data sets, you should use the Remote matrix. The Remote matrix will serialize all of your configs and send them to the server so that you may perform your calculations remotely.

Ext.create('Ext.pivot.Grid', {

    // ...

    matrixConfig: {

        mztype: 'remote',

        url: 'http://your-backend-url',

        timeout: 3000 // optional config used by the Ajax call


    // ...



What is sent to the server?

The leftAxis, topAxis, and aggregate are arrays of dimension item objects. These arrays are serialized and sent as params in the Ajax request.

params = {

    leftAxis: leftAxis,

    topAxis: topAxis,

    aggregate: aggregate


// ...


    // ...

    url: me.url,

    timeout: me.timeout,

    jsonData: params,

    // ...


Before doing the Ajax call, additional params are collected via the "beforerequest" event (which is actually relayed to the Pivot Grid as "pivotbeforerequest") or via the template method onBeforeRequest.

What should the JSON response look like?

The Pivot Grid expects a JSON response in a specific format. The response should return an array of items for the leftAxis and topAxis and all results for the left / top item pairs.

Note: The "id" property is very important. An id will be generated if not specified.


    success: true,

    leftAxis: [{

        key: '-1276511163', // that's the crc32 of value "Macromedia"

        value: 'Macromedia',

        // following is the id of the dimension, the one that you 
        // provided or was generated

        dimensionId: 'leftAxis1'

    }, {

        // when multiple dimensions are provided then the result key 
        // should be formatted like this

        key: '-1276511163_243243', // _ is the keysSeparator value configured on your matrix

        value: 'Steve',

        // following is the id of the dimension, the one that you 
        // provided or was generated

        dimensionId: 'leftAxis2'


    topAxis: [{

        // same like leftAxis


    results: [{

        leftKey: '-1276511163',

        topKey: '34535345435',

        values: {

            agg1: 4345.34, // agg1 is the id of the aggregate dimension

            agg2: 244 // agg2 is the id of the 2nd aggregate dimension defined




Why is the key calculated as crc32?

No matter how finely you sanitize your data, bugs are always possible. We calculate a key with crc32() to help avoid such bugs. A key called "grandtotal" is generated for the matrix in regards to grand total calculations. You can modify this naming scheme by changing the value of matrix.grandTotalKey.

If used on both leftKey and topKey, it represents the grand total for both axis.

If used for leftKey, it represents the grand total for columns for each topKey provided.

If used for topKey, it represents the grand total for rows for each leftKey provided.

How do I calculate on the server?

The examples folder contains a PHP example that shows one approach to server side calculations. That said, you can also author your own implementation in any server-side language as long as it returns the JSON object described above.

Error Handling

If server calculations fail, you can send back success: false along with any additional metadata information you may wish to process in the Pivot client. The Remote matrix class will recognize that the call failed and will fire the "requestexception" event, which is relayed to the Pivot Grid as "pivotrequestexception".


The Sencha Pivot Grid provides an ideal solution for gleaning summarization from large datasets. Specific fields from the dataset can be highlighted as quantitative roll-ups of the complete dataset, which allows users to visualize the dataset from multiple viewpoints.

For more examples of how to configure the Pivot Grid see the examples folder in the SDK download.

Ext JS 5.1.2