Customizing Pivot

Pivot is a complex widget created with Webix Jet, the MV* framework for Webix Library. It is a ready-to-use application with minimum configuration settings but has API for redefining the logic of inner modules.

You will need to study the source code to customize views and models.

Jet App and Inner Modules

Pivot is built as a Jet App and wrapped into a Webix view, so you can initialize Pivot in either of the ways.


The interface of Pivot is split into parts (views). Each view is a class that extends the JetView class and has own handlers for setting the configuration and logic.

The sources for interface parts (Jet Views) are located in the sources/views folder.



Pivot models contain the logic for working with data items. They are defined as Jet Services.

The sources for models (Jet Services) are located in the sources/models folder.


Service methods are called by the UI and can be called by a programmer as:


Customizing Views

  • you can override the config() method for changes in the UI
  • you can override the init() for changes in the UI and behavior
  • you can override any existing method but with a caution
  • you can add and call your own methods


1. We do not recommend to remove any component from the interface as the inner logic might still try accessing it. Instead, hide the components.

class CustomBar extends pivot.views.toolbar {
    init(view) {
        // default logic
        // hide the "Configure Pivot" button from toolbar

2. You can access component instances within a Jet view by:

  • using the $$(id) method of JetView.

It works for an inner component that is assigned the localId setting.

init() {
    // default logic
    // get instance of the component with "config" localId
    const config = this.$$("config");
init(view) {
    // default logic
    // get instance of the first button
    const button = view.queryView("icon");

3. You can find out whether the app is currently compact from any view or service method as:

const compact = this.getParam("compact", true);

4. You can get state properties from any view or service method as:

const state =;
// or
const state = this.getParam("state");

Customizing Jet Services

  • you can add and call your own methods
  • you can override any existing method but with a caution

Firstly, create your own service class and inherit it from one of the default services:

class MyBackend extends {
  data() {
    // client-side data
    return webix.promise.resolve(data);

Secondly, replace the default service via the override map:

    view: "pivot",
    url: "",
    override: new Map([[, MyBackend]]),

Related sample:  Pivot: Local Data

Backward Compatibility

Pivot is extremely flexible when it comes to customizations: you can change almost anything in it. However, keep in mind the following:

  • The inner logic of Pivot modules may change in future releases.
  • We will try to maintain method signatures, but breaking changes might happen if they are necessary for further development of the widget.

Code for IE11 and Edge must be with different syntax.

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