Hide delete button in grids

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Use JavaScript to hide "Delete" buttons in grids

This example shows how to hide and show the Delete button in a specified grid row, based on a changed value in a field in the grid's row. It shows how to check whether a value has changed in a particular grid row by looking at the field name in the form.setOnchange() event handler function.

DynaForm: Hide Delete Button in Grid.json (right click and select Save link as)
Author: Amos Batto (amos@processmaker.com)
Version: 1.0 (2018-04-26)
Tested in: ProcessMaker 3.2.1 Community in Debian 8.4 with Firefox 51

First, create a grid which has a field whose value will determine whether the Delete button should be hidden or shown to the user.

In this example, the following grid with the ID "orderList" and the title "Purchase order list" contains a "cost" field. If the value of the "cost" grid field is over 100, then the Delete delete button in the same row should be hidden because the user is not empowered to delete purchase items which cost over $100.


The ID of the grid and the column number of the "cost" field need to be set in the JavaScript code. This is used to construct a regular expression that will search for the row number of the changed grid field.

If the value which was changed is in the grid, then the showHideDeleteButtonsInGrid() function is called to check whether the "cost" field is over 100 in the row that was changed.

In order to hide or show the Delete button, this function uses a jQuery selector to find all the divs with the pmdynaform-grid-removerow-responsive class, which hold the Delete button. Then, it uses the .eq() function to select the one in the row number. 1 is subtracted from the row number, because arrays start counting from zero, but grid rows start counting from one.


Notice how the parseFloat() function is used to convert the value in the "cost" grid field to a floating point number so it can used in a mathematical comparison. If it is possible that the user has entered non-numerical input, it is always a good idea to use isNaN() to check that the string input by the user was converted to a valid number.

Here is the complete JavaScript of the form:

//set to the ID of the grid:
var gridId = "orderList";  
//set to the column number of field to check whether to show/hide the delete button:
var fieldColNo = 4;

//regular expression to get grid row number in form.setOnchange():
var gridRE = new RegExp('^\\['+gridId+'\\]\\[(\\d+)\\]'); 

//function that hides the "Delete" button in the grid's rowNumber 
//if the "cost" field is over 100. Otherwise, it shows the button.
//If the rowNumber is set to 0, then all the rows in the grid will be checked  
function showHideDeleteButtonsInGrid(rowNumber) {
  var oGrid = $("#"+gridId);
  if (rowNumber < 1) {
    var nRows = oGrid.getNumberRows();
    for (var i = 1; i <= nRows; i++) {
      var cost = parseFloat( oGrid.getValue(i, fieldColNo) );
      if (!isNaN(cost) && cost >= 100) {
      else {
  else {
    var cost = parseFloat( oGrid.getValue(rowNumber, fieldColNo) );
    if (!isNaN(cost) && cost >= 100) {
    else {

//execute when dynaform loads to hide/show Delete buttons in
//every row in the grid:

//change event handler for all fields in Dynaform, which only looks
//for changes in the grid:
$( "#"+$("form").prop("id") ).setOnchange( function(fieldName, newVal, oldVal) {
  var oGrid = $("#"+gridId);
  var aMatch = fieldName.match(gridRE);

  if (aMatch !== null) {
    var rowNo = parseInt(aMatch[1]);