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Resource options

Avo effortlessly empowers you to build an entire customer-facing interface for your Ruby on Rails application. One of the most powerful features is how easy you can administer your database records using the CRUD UI.


Similar to how you configure your database layer using Rails Model files and their DSL, Avo's CRUD UI is configured using Resource files.

Each Resource maps out one of your models. There can be multiple Resources associated to the same model if you need that.

All resources are located in the app/avo/resources directory. Unfortunately, Resources can't be namespaced yet, so they all need to be in the root level of that directory.

Defining Resources

bin/rails generate avo:resource post

This command will generate the PostResource file in app/avo/resources/post_resource.rb with the following code:

# app/avo/resources/post_resource.rb
class PostResource < Avo::BaseResource
  self.title = :id
  self.includes = []
  # self.search_query = -> do
  #   scope.ransack(id_eq: params[:q], m: "or").result(distinct: false)
  # end

  field :id, as: :id
  # add fields here

From this config, Avo will infer a few things like the resource's model will be the Post model and the name of the resource si Post. But all of those inferred things are actually overridable.


Resource files tell Avo what models should be displayed in the UI, but not what kinds of data they hold. You do that using fields. One can add more fields to this resource below the id field using the field DATABASE_COLUMN, as: FIELD_TYPE, **FIELD_OPTIONS signature.


class PostResource < Avo::BaseResource
  self.title = :id
  self.includes = []

  field :id, as: :id
  field :name, as: :text, required: true
  field :body, as: :trix, placeholder: "Add the post body here", always_show: false
  field :cover_photo, as: :file, is_image: true, link_to_resource: true
  field :is_featured, as: :boolean

  field :is_published, as: :boolean do |model|

  field :user, as: :belongs_to, placeholder: ""

Setting the title of the resource

Initially, the title attribute is set to :id, so the model's id attribute will be used to display the resource in search results and belongs select fields. You usually change it to something more representative, like the model's title, name or label attributes.

class PostResource < Avo::BaseResource
  self.title = :name # it will now reference to show you the title

Using a computed title

If you don't have a title, name, or label attribute in the database, you can add a getter method to your model where you compose the name.


# app/avo/resources/comment_resource.rb
class CommentResource < Avo::BaseResource
  self.title = :tiny_name

  # fieldd go here

# app/models/comment.rb
class Comment < ApplicationRecord
  def tiny_name
    ActionView::Base.full_sanitizer.sanitize(body).truncate 30

Resource description

You might want to display information about the current resource to your users. Then, using the description class attribute, you can add some text to the Index, Show, Edit, and New views.

Avo message

There are two ways of setting the description. The quick way as a string and the more customizable way as a block.

Set the description as a string


class UserResource < Avo::BaseResource
  self.title = :name
  self.description = "These are the users of the app."

This is the quick way to set the label, and it will be displayed only on the Index page. If you want to show the message on all views, use the block method.

Set the description as a block

This is the more customizable method where you can access the model, view, user (the current user), and params objects.


class UserResource < Avo::BaseResource
  self.title = :name
  self.description = -> do
    if view == :index
    "These are the users of the app"
      if user.is_admin?
        "You can update all properties for this user: #{}"
        "You can update some properties for this user: #{}"

Eager loading

If you regularly need access to a resource's associations, you can tell Avo to eager load those associations on the Index view using includes. That will help you avoid those nasty n+1 performance issues.

class PostResource < Avo::BaseResource
  self.includes = [:user, :tags]


Avo generates the admin panel with four main views.


Index is where you see all your resources listed in a table or a grid.


Show is where you see one resource in more detail.


Edit is where you can edit one resource.


Create is where you can create a new resource.

Grid view

On Index, the most common view type is :table, but you might have some data that you want to display in a grid. You can change that by setting default_view_type to :grid and by adding the grid block.

Avo grid view


class PostResource < Avo::BaseResource
  self.default_view_type = :grid

Find out more on the grid view documentation page.

Custom model class

You might have a model that belongs to a namespace or has a different name than the resource. For that scenario, you can use the @model option to tell Avo which model to reference.


class DelayedJobResource < Avo::BaseResource
  self.model_class = ::Delayed::Job

  field :id, as: :id
  # ... other fields go here


Avo will automatically generate routes based on the resource name when generating a resource.

PostResource -> /avo/resources/posts
PhotoCommentResource -> /avo/resources/photo_comments

If you change the resource name, you should change the generated controller name too.

Devise password optional

If you use devise and update your user models (usually User) without passing a password, you will get a validation error. You can use devise_password_optional to stop receiving that error. It will strip out the password key from params.

class UserResource < Avo::BaseResource
  self.devise_password_optional = true


Unscoped queries on Index

You might have a default_scope on your model that you don't want to be applied when you render the Index view.


class Project < ApplicationRecord
  default_scope { order(name: :asc) }

You can unscope the query using the unscoped_queries_on_index (defaults to false) class variable on that resource.


class ProjectResource < Avo::BaseResource
  self.title = :name
  self.unscoped_queries_on_index = true

  # fields go here

Hide resource from the sidebar

When you get started, the sidebar will be auto-generated for you with all the dashboards, resources, and custom tools. However, you may have resources that should not appear on the sidebar, which you can hide using the visible_on_sidebar option.


class TeamMembershipResource < Avo::BaseResource
  self.title = :id
  self.visible_on_sidebar = false

  # fields declaration


This option is used in the auto-generated menu, not in the menu editor.

You'll have to use your own logic in the visible block for that.

Extending Avo::ResourcesController

You may need to execute additional actions on the ResourcesController before loading the Avo pages. You can create an Avo::BaseResourcesController and extend your resource controller from it.

# app/controllers/avo/base_resources_controller.rb
class Avo::BaseResourcesController < Avo::ResourcesController
  include AuthenticationController::Authentication

  before_action :is_logged_in?

# app/controllers/avo/posts_controller.rb
class Avo::PostsController < Avo::BaseResourcesController

You can't use Avo::BaseController and Avo::ResourcesController as your base controller. They are defined inside Avo.

Show buttons on form footers

If you have a lot of fields on a resource, that form might get pretty tall. So it would be useful to have the Save button in the footer of that form.

You can do that by setting the buttons_on_form_footers option to true in your initializer. That will add the Back and Save buttons on the footer of that form for the New and Edit screens.


# config/initializers/avo.rb
Avo.configure do |config|
  config.buttons_on_form_footers = true
Buttons on footer

Customize what happens after a record is created/edited

For some resources, it might make sense to redirect to something other than the Show view. With after_create_path and after_update_path you can control that.

The valid options are :show (default) or :index.


class CommentResource < Avo::BaseResource
  self.after_create_path = :index
  self.after_update_path = :index

  field :id, as: :id
  field :body, as: :textarea

Hide the record selector checkbox

You might have resources that will never be selected, and you do not need that checkbox to waste your horizontal space.

You can hide it using the record_selector class_attribute.


class CommentResource < Avo::BaseResource
  self.record_selector = false

  field :id, as: :id
  field :body, as: :textarea
Hide the record selector.