Creating a custom field type in SuiteCRM

Like a lot of SuiteCRM the field types are customisable and you can add your own types of fields. This post will explain how to add a colour picker as a custom field type.

First off we need to add the option to studio to allow creating fields of our new type. We do this by adding a new file custom/modules/DynamicFields/templates/Fields/TemplateColourPicker.php with the following contents:

Example
<?php
if(!defined('sugarEntry') || !sugarEntry) die('Not A Valid Entry Point');
                            //
require_once('modules/DynamicFields/templates/Fields/TemplateField.php');
class TemplateColourPicker extends TemplateField{
    var $type='ColourPicker';
                            //
    function get_field_def(){
        $def = parent::get_field_def();
        $def['dbType'] = 'varchar';
        return $def;
    }
}

Next we create the language file custom/Extension/modules/ModuleBuilder/Ext/Language/en_us.ColourPicker.php and define the label for our new field type:

Example
<?php
$mod_strings['fieldTypes']['ColourPicker'] = 'Colour Picker';

After a quick repair and rebuild this gives us the option to create a field with type ``Colour Picker'':

ColourPickerStudio

This can then be added to views and the like through studio in the usual manner.

However our field is pretty boring and doesn’t do anything yet. Let’s give it some personality.

We’ll use TinyColorPicker to add some functionality to the field. This will get saved in a new directory in custom/include/SugarFields/Fields/ColourPicker/js/jqColorPicker.min.js

Next we’ll add two templates, one for the Detail view at custom/include/SugarFields/Fields/ColourPicker/DetailView.tpl:

Example
<script src="custom/include/SugarFields/Fields/ColourPicker/js/jqColorPicker.min.js"></script>
{if strlen({{sugarvar key='value' string=true}}) <= 0}
    {assign var="value" value={{sugarvar key='default_value' string=true}} }
{else}
    {assign var="value" value={{sugarvar key='value' string=true}} }
{/if}
<input disabled="disabled" type='text' name='{{if empty($displayParams.idName)}}{{sugarvar key='name'}}{{else}}{{$displayParams.idName}}{{/if}}'
       id='{{if empty($displayParams.idName)}}{{sugarvar key='name'}}{{else}}{{$displayParams.idName}}{{/if}}'
       size='{{$displayParams.size|default:30}}'
       {{if isset($displayParams.maxlength)}}maxlength='{{$displayParams.maxlength}}'{{elseif isset($vardef.len)}}maxlength='{{$vardef.len}}'{{/if}}
       value='{$value}' title='{{$vardef.help}}' {{if !empty($tabindex)}} tabindex='{{$tabindex}}' {{/if}}
        {{if !empty($displayParams.accesskey)}} accesskey='{{$displayParams.accesskey}}' {{/if}}
        {{$displayParams.field}}>
                            //
<script>
    {literal}
    $(document).ready(function(){
        $('#{/literal}{{if empty($displayParams.idName)}}{{sugarvar key='name'}}{{else}}
        {{$displayParams.idName}}{{/if}}{literal}').colorPicker();
    });
    {/literal}
</script>

and one for the Edit View at custom/include/SugarFields/Fields/ColourPicker/EditView.tpl:

Example
<script src="custom/include/SugarFields/Fields/ColourPicker/js/jqColorPicker.min.js"></script>
{if strlen({{sugarvar key='value' string=true}}) <= 0}
    {assign var="value" value={{sugarvar key='default_value' string=true}} }
{else}
    {assign var="value" value={{sugarvar key='value' string=true}} }
{/if}
<input type='text' name='{{if empty($displayParams.idName)}}{{sugarvar key='name'}}{{else}}{{$displayParams.idName}}{{/if}}'
       id='{{if empty($displayParams.idName)}}{{sugarvar key='name'}}{{else}}{{$displayParams.idName}}{{/if}}'
       size='{{$displayParams.size|default:30}}'
       {{if isset($displayParams.maxlength)}}maxlength='{{$displayParams.maxlength}}'{{elseif isset($vardef.len)}}maxlength='{{$vardef.len}}'{{/if}}
       value='{$value}' title='{{$vardef.help}}' {{if !empty($tabindex)}} tabindex='{{$tabindex}}' {{/if}}
        {{if !empty($displayParams.accesskey)}} accesskey='{{$displayParams.accesskey}}' {{/if}}
        {{$displayParams.field}}>
                            //
<script>
    {literal}
    $(document).ready(function(){
        $('#{/literal}{{if empty($displayParams.idName)}}{{sugarvar key='name'}}{{else}}
        {{$displayParams.idName}}{{/if}}{literal}').colorPicker();
    });
    {/literal}
</script>

After a quick repair and rebuild (and assuming the field has been added to the views). You’ll see the new field:

Colour Picker Exmaple

By Jim Mackin | May 3, 2018 | development

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