2016-02-23 10:11



I have two tables: people & categories


- id
- name
- ...


- id
- name
- description

And another table with the relation between both as one person can have multiple categories assigned:


- peopleID
- categoryID

I can show the categories IDs in my gridview (views/people/index.php) with:

<?= GridView::widget([
    'dataProvider' => $dataProvider,
    'filterModel' => $searchModel,
    'columns' => [
            'label' => 'Category',
            'value' => function ($data) {
                $output = '';
                foreach($data->peopleCategoriesAssns as $request) {
                    $output .= $request->talentCategoryID.'<br>';
                return $output;

which uses this from models/People.php

public function getPeopleCategoriesAssns() 
    return $this->hasMany(PeopleCategoriesAssn::className(), ['peopleID' => 'id']); 

How could I show the categories names instead of the categoies IDs within the gridview and also, what should i do at /models/PeopleSearch.php in order to allow search/filter on that field?

Thank you in advance,

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  • dongzhi8984 dongzhi8984 5年前

    There are two parts involved with your problem.

    1. Showing the values

    This is just a respecification of your GridView-column:

            'value'=>function ($model, $key, $index, $column) {
                $cats = $model->peopleCategoriesAssns;
                if (empty($cats)) {
                    return null;
                } else {
                    return implode(', ', ArrayHelper::getColumn($cats, 'name');

    2. Searching cat names

    Now to solve the problem of searching them it gets a little more complex. As you can see I set the attribute above to catNameSearch. You need to add this as a public var to your PeopleSearch-class and declare it as safe in a validator of the search-class.

    class PeopleSearch extends \app\models\People
        public $catNameSearch;
        public function rules()
            return [
                [['catNameSearch'], 'safe'],

    In the search-method itself you add a sub-query to show only people assigned to the corresponding category. This could be done like so:

    if (!empty($this->catNameSearch)) {
        $peopleIdsMatching = PeopleCategoriesAssn::find()
             ->andWhere(['like', ['category.name'=>$this->catNameSearch]])

    Now only people with a relation to the given category will be shown. This could be further optimized with performing the comparison in an actual sub-query of the people-search and not doing a seperate query, but this should give you the basic idea!

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  • dongxing9219 dongxing9219 5年前

    To answer the first part you need to add another method to the People class:

    public function getCategories() {
        return $this->hasMany( Categories::className(), [ 'id' => 'categoryID' ] )

    See: http://www.yiiframework.com/doc-2.0/yii-db-activerelationtrait.html#via()-detail

    This will allow you to do:

    foreach( $data->categories as $category) {
        $output .= $category->name.'<br>';

    As for searching, I'm not sure, but adding public $categoryName property to the search class would be a good starting point.

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