In this tutorial we’ll go through adding some Caplin Grids to your application, and try adding custom functionality.


  • Create a grid to display on your application’s page.

  • Create some custom functionality.

  • Use some grid decorators to enhance your grid.

Getting started

There are a few steps to follow before you can start experimenting with grids.

  1. Check you have the following dependencies in apps/tile/package.json file.

    "br": "workspace:*",
    "br-services": "workspace:*",
    "ct-popout": "workspace:*",
    "ct-services": "workspace:*",
    "ct-grid": "workspace:*",
    "ct-element": "workspace:*",
    "ct-stream": "workspace:*",
    "ct-control": "workspace:*"
  2. The myTradingApplication/apps/tile/src/grids file contains all the implementations you need to create different types of grids.

  3. Add some of the standard CT5 aliases that the grid libraries use to the apps/tile/src/config/aliases.js file:

    const brAliasProviders = require("br-services/aliasProviders");
    const ctGridAliasProviders = require("ct-grid/aliasProviders");
    const ctServicesAliasProviders = require("ct-services/aliasProviders");
    const ctPopoutAliasProviders = require("ct-popout/aliasProviders");
    module.exports = Object.assign({
            "caplin.grid.refine.multiple-text-refine-component": function() {
                return require("ct-grid/refine/component/MultipleTextRefinerComponentFactory");
        brAliasProviders, ctGridAliasProviders, ctServicesAliasProviders, ctPopoutAliasProviders);
  4. In the apps/tile/src/index.js file, you can render all the grid templates using the following:

    import startGridDemo from "./grids/gridDemo";
  5. Then in the same apps/tile/src/index.js file add the highlighted line:

    if (!ServiceRegistry.isServiceRegistered("caplin.streamlink.StreamLink")) {
      const streamLink = StreamLinkFactory.create({
        username: "admin",
        password: "admin",
        liberator_urls: "rttp://localhost:18080",
      ServiceRegistry.registerService("caplin.streamlink.StreamLink", streamLink);
  6. In the apps/tile/index.html file uncomment the following line:

    <script src="static/i18n-dev.js"></script>

    This enables the CT5 i18n library which is used internally by all our components.

Refresh your browser page to see the grids.

Grid templates

There are three grid templates, and a fourth "Custom" grid template that you can play around with. The three grid templates are:

  • Simple - A very basic grid that renders the minimum amount of UI to load the grid.

  • Filters - A grid with some simple styling applied, and sorting/filtering enabled. You can click on the column headers to apply the sorting/filtering.

  • Decorators - A grid with some simple styling applied, and some standard decorators to enable features such as:

    • column reordering

    • column resizing

    • a tooltip in the bottom right corner showing the current scroll position and container size.

Take a moment to look at the source of these grids. The folder for each grid template contains all the source code necessary to render that template.

You should see how features such as filtering, column reordering, styling are all applied by looking at the source code for each template.

Configure a custom grid

We’re going to try and replicate the features of the template grids in the custom grid.

  • Can you enable sorting and filtering by adding the correct headerRenderer attributes to your grid columns? These are applied in gridDefinitions.xml, see the filters template for an example.

  • Can you add the column reordering, column resizing, and scroll position tooltip decorators to enable those features?

Write a custom formatter

At the moment the Subject column shows the full subject. Can you write a formatter that removes the /FX/ prefix and just displays the currency pair?

A formatter is an instance of the ct-element/Formatter JavaScript class. You need to create your own formatter class that extends this base class. It needs a single method called format, which takes the current value and returns the new value.

  1. Create and add a file named MyFormtter.js in your grids/custom folder:

    import Formatter from "ct-element/Formatter";
    class MyFormatter extends Formatter {
      format(currentValue) {
        const currencyPair = currentValue
          ? currentValue.replace("/FX/", "")
          : currentValue;
        return currencyPair;
    export default new MyFormatter();
  2. In the grids/custom/setup.js file, register your formatter with the BehaviorFactory:

    import MyFormatter from "/ MyFormatter"; // import the formatter you created
    ] = MyFormatter;
  3. Create a new renderer for it in the existing apps/tile/src/grids/custom/rendererDefinitions.xml file:

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
    <rendererDefinitions xmlns="">
        <renderer type="caplin.currencyPair">
            <control className="caplin.control.basic.TextControl" />
                <transform className="caplin.removeFxFormatter">
  4. Add the renderer to the create.js in path grids/custom/create.js. Add an import for rendererDefinitions.xml to your \myTradingApplication\apps\tile\src\grids\custom\create.js.

    import "./setup.js";
    import "./gridDefinitions.xml";
    import "./rendererDefinitions.xml";
    import "./styling.less";
  5. In the apps/tile/src/grids/custom/gridDefinitions.xml file make the InstrumentName column use the following code as its cellRenderer:


Have a look at your grids by going to http://localhost:8080.