Getting started with PHP TreeView

1 Mar 202211 minutes to read

This section explains briefly about how to create a TreeView in your application with PHP wrapper classes of EJ controls.

Create your first TreeView in PHP

Create a PHP Project and add necessary scripts and styles with the help of the given PHP Getting Started Documentation.

TreeView using “TreeViewItem” Property

You can create a tree using “TreeViewItem” property of TreeView control. Here there is no necessary to use a data source for rendering TreeView.

You can render the PHP TreeView with specified items.

  • PHP
  • <?php
            $tree = new EJ\TreeView('treeView');
            $tree1 = new EJ\TreeView\TreeViewItem();
            $tree1->id('1')->text('Item 1');
            $tree2 = new EJ\TreeView\TreeViewItem();
            $tree2->id('2')->text('Item 2');
            $tree3 = new EJ\TreeView\TreeViewItem();
            $tree3->id('3')->text('Item 3');
            $tree11 = new EJ\TreeView\TreeViewItem();
            $tree11->id('11')->text('Item 1.1');    
            $tree111 = new EJ\TreeView\TreeViewItem();
            $tree111->id('121')->text('Item 1.1.1');    
            $tree21 = new EJ\TreeView\TreeViewItem();
            $tree21->id('21')->text('Item 2.1');
            $tree22 = new EJ\TreeView\TreeViewItem();
            $tree22->id('21')->text('Item 2.2');
            $tree31 = new EJ\TreeView\TreeViewItem();
            $tree31->id('31')->text('Item 3.1');   
            echo $tree->render();

    Tree View using Data Binding

    Another way of creating TreeView is binding with the data source, you can bind local data source to create a TreeView.

    The beforeLoad event will be triggered before loading nodes into TreeView.

    Render TreeView with local data source.

    First specify the tree data source in array format then map the data source items with tree view fields as shown below.

  • PHP
  • <?php
            $localData = array(
                            array('id'=>1, 'name'=>'Item 1', 'hasChild'=>true, 'expanded'=>true ),
                            array('id'=>2, 'parent'=>1, 'name'=>'Item 1.1' ),
                            array('id'=>3, 'parent'=>1, 'name'=>'Item 1.2' ),                    
                            array('id'=>4, 'name'=>'Item 2', 'hasChild'=>false, 'isChecked'=>true ),
                            array('id'=>4, 'name'=>'Item 3', 'hasChild'=>false ),                    
            $treeview = new \EJ\TreeView('localData');
            $fields = new EJ\TreeView\Field();
            echo $treeview->showCheckbox(true)->fields($fields)->render();

    Render TreeView using JSON file data

    You can get and decode the JSON file content using “file_get_contents” and “json_decode” methods respectively and then assign the decoded data to the “datasource” field of TreeView control. Please refer the below code example.

  • PHP
  • <?php
            $Json = json_decode(file_get_contents("Data.json"), true);
            $treeview = new \EJ\TreeView("localData");
            $fields = new EJ\TreeView\Field();
            echo $treeview->fields($fields)->render();

    JSON file content

  • JSON
  • [
            { "id": 1, "name": "Discover Music", "hasChild": true, "expanded": true },
            { "id": 2, "parent": 1, "name": "Hot Singles" },
            { "id": 3, "parent": 1, "name": "Rising Artists" },
            { "id": 4, "parent": 1, "name": "Live Music" },
            { "id": 6, "parent": 1, "name": "Best of 2013 So Far" },
            { "id": 7, "name": "Sales and Events", "hasChild": true, "expanded": true },
            { "id": 8, "parent": 7, "name": "100 Albums - $5 Each" },
            { "id": 9, "parent": 7, "name": "Hip-Hop and R&B Sale" },
            { "id": 10, "parent": 7, "name": "CD Deals" }

    Create Instance for TreeView

    You can create an instance for existing TreeView in following ways. Once a reference has been established, you can use the API’s of TreeView to control its behavior.

  • PHP
  • <script type="text/javascript">
        $(function () {
                //Specify this after your TreeView creation
                //create instance for TreeView
                var treeObj = $("#treeView").ejTreeView('instance');
                var treeObj1 = $("#treeView").data("ejTreeView");


    To configure the API settings after TreeView creation, please refer API configuration, Invoking Methods.

    TreeView events

    EJ PHP TreeView supports all the client side events which is available in EJ TreeView. Refer following code example to specify an event using EJ PHP TreeView element.

  • PHP
  • <?php
            $localData = array(
                            array("id"=>1, "name"=>"Item 1", "hasChild"=>true, "expanded"=>true ),
                            array("id"=>2, "parent"=>1, "name"=>"Item 1.1" ),
                            array("id"=>3, "parent"=>1, "name"=>"Item 1.2" ),                    
                            array("id"=>4, "name"=>"Item 2", "hasChild"=>false, "isChecked"=>true ),
                            array("id"=>4, "name"=>"Item 3", "hasChild"=>false ),                    
            $treeview = new \EJ\TreeView("localData");
            $fields = new EJ\TreeView\Field();
            echo $treeview->showCheckbox(true)->fields($fields)->nodeExpand("onExpand")->nodeCollapse("onCollapse")->nodeSelect("onSelect")->render();
            <script type="text/javascript">
                function onCollapse(args) {
                    //Handle the node collapse event
                function onExpand(args) {
                    //Handle the node expand event
                function onSelect(args) {
                    //Handle the node select event