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Admin Architect makes any resource available by default for listing. Any $fillable, indexed and $dates columns will be available for listing by default.

Adding new column is simple, just let the Admin Architect to know what to show and how.

Note: .dot notation also works while referencing the relationship columns.

In many cases you will probably leave resources untouched, but sometimes complex resources needs customization.

Columns customization

Customizing Columns

Admin Architect will propose the default (auto-discovered) set of columns for publishing at index screen.

You can always change the default look & feel by customizing any column in a set.

To do so you need to overwrite <Resource>::columns() method.

public function columns()

	# preserve auto-discovered columns
	# remove unnecessary columns
	->without(['dates', 'some_other_column'])

	# add a new element
	->push(new \Terranet\Administrator\Columns\Element('note'))

	# move element to a position
	->move('note', 'after:body')

	# Add a group of new elements
	->group('meta', function (Group $group) {
		# Note that .dot notation means relationship, like $post->meta->keywords
		$group->push(new Element('meta.keywords'));
		$group->push(new Element('meta.description'));

	# Join existing elements to a group
	->join(['meta.title', 'meta.description', 'meta.keywords'], 'meta')

	# update a group
	->update('meta', function ($group) {
		return $group->move('meta.title', 'before:meta.description');

	# update an element
	->update('someElement', function ($element) {
		# Note: by default AdminArchitect will try to discover
		# translation for each column by asking a Translator for
		# a key: administrator::columns.<module>.<column>,
		# then if not found: administrator::columns.general.<column>,
		# so setting a title might be redundant.
		$element->setTitle('My name is Element');

		# change input type to a dropdown
			(new Select('someElement'))->setOptions(['dropdown', 'options'])

		return $element;

Note: scaffoldColumns() method returns a Mutable collection extended with some useful methods, like:

  • push($element) - insert new element
  • insert($element, $position) - insert new element to a position
  • without($element) -> remove element
  • move($element, $position) -> move element, position: integer|before:target|after:target
  • moveBefore($element, $target)
  • moveAfter($element, $target)
  • update($element, $callback) - update element
  • updateMany(array $elements) - update many elements at once
  • group($id, Closure $callback) -> create a new group of elements
  • join(array $elements, $id, $position) - join existing elements into a group
  • find($element) - find an element



Customizing each column is a good idea, but it can by annoying for complex resources, also it leaves untouched the View Resource & Relations pages.

There is a recommended way to customise resources in Admin Architect, called Presenters;

Presenter - presentable package included in Admin Architect.

let's Present our Post model.

/** @class App\Post */
class Post extends Model implements \Terranet\Presentable\PresentableInterface
    use \Terranet\Presentable\PresentableTrait;

    protected $fillable = ['user_id', 'active'];

    protected $presenter = PostPresenter::class;

/** @class App\Presenters\PostPresenter */
class PostPresenter extends Presenter
    public function title()
        return link_to_route('scaffold.view', $this->presentable->title, ['module' => 'posts', 'id' => $this->presentable]);

    public function body()
        return '<p class="text-muted">' . $this->presentable->body . '</p>';

    public function adminActive()
        return \admin\output\boolean($this->presentable->active);

Note: if you don't want to mix up your backend and frontend presenters, just prefix presenter method with admin word, so:

your title() method will be transformed to adminTitle().

This way you can use simple title() method in a front views, when adminTitle will be used by Admin Architect.

Now, when AdminArchitect will ask for element called title it will use your presenter's adminTitle().