Yii 1.1: ordercolumn

Adds an order column to the CGridView and lets you reorder through up and down links/icons

OrderColumn is a simple extension that extends CGridColumn and lets you add up and down arrows for reordering the Grid. Easy to use!


Yii 1.0 or above PHP 5.* You should have an order field/column and you yourself do the job of incrementing it each time you insert a record.


  • Extract under protected/extensions/OrderColumn
  • Follow usage instructions.


Assuming you have a field in model/table called order instructions for having up and down arrows in the Order Column are as follows:

(1) Put this inside the controller:

public function actions()
            return array(
              'order' => array(
                  'class' => 'ext.OrderColumn.OrderAction',
                  'modelClass' => 'Post',
                  'pkName'  => 'id',

‘modelClass’ refers to the model in the above example it refers to the Post model I have.

(2) Inside the view where you have the CGridView widget add a column for the ordering icons:

                  'header' => 'Order',
                  'name' => 'order',
                  'class' => 'ext.OrderColumn.OrderColumn',

‘name’ => ‘order’ refers to the field in the table/model it can be anything as you have defined.

(3) Add this to your model's search():

return new CActiveDataProvider(get_class($this), array(
            'criteria' => $criteria,
             'sort' => array(
                'defaultOrder' => 't.order asc',

Where order is again the db field and can be anything as you've defined.

(4) That’s it, it you should be able to do the reordering through the up/down icons

Total 7 comments

#7820 report it
florin p at 2012/04/20 05:06am
Nice extension

I've been looking for something like this for a long time, any idea how to use it with treetable extension? The idea is to create a relation between rows and subrows so the parent row should move together with its subrows. Thank you.

#7364 report it
rookie84 at 2012/03/16 11:49pm

Glad you liked it :)

#7352 report it
yiqing95 at 2012/03/16 09:12am
@rookie84 good works ! very useful .

at recent i was do something with joomla , in its backend i found this reorder functionality . it 's wonderful , so i search from extension repo and come here . you could download joomla and have a look at it .

by the way , what about using the nestedset extension ? you may consider adding this to your todo list ,you see there are some ordering method : moveBefore/moveAfter....

#7130 report it
rookie84 at 2012/02/25 10:21pm
Re: Very Helpful, but something is missing....

@tanimgt, yes this was one important instruction missing, thankyou!

As long as you reference the order field by the table name it is ok to name as order, its up to people how they name it anyway but inside the extension I've taken care of it by referencing order by the table name. And I would agree not to name order as the column name since its a reserved word inside SQL.

Again thanks for the helpful comment :)

#7129 report it
tanimgt at 2012/02/25 01:52pm
Very Helpful, but something is missing....

I think you are missing this instruction....., the field must not be named 'order' , but anything else....

second is ordering in CGridView,

add this to your model's search():

return new CActiveDataProvider(get_class($this), array(
            'criteria' => $criteria,
             'sort' => array(
                'defaultOrder' => 'order_c asc',

Here order_c is my table field..

also the image of arrows should be a little bit longer and a little bit separated , so i did is,

added this css to your extensions .css file,

.order_link img{
    float: left;
    width: 20px;
    margin-left: 6px;
    -moz-border-radius :5px;
    border-radius: 5px;
    -webkit-border-radius: 5px;
    -khtml-border-radius: 5px;
    border: 1px solid #d2d2d2;

Thats it,

Again thanks for giving such a helpful extension.

#7117 report it
rookie84 at 2012/02/24 09:03am

There it goes :)


#7116 report it
Peter JK at 2012/02/24 08:52am
some screen shot

Please upload some screen shot please so we will know how it works..

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