Layout grid

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The layout grid is a widget that gives structure to your pages. A layout grid contains one or more rows and each row contains one to twelve columns. Each column has a weight, a number from 1 to 12, and the weights of the columns in a row must add up to 12. In the browser the layout grid is implemented by the Bootstrap grid system. Reading the official Bootstrap documentation on the grid system can help you understand what you can build with this widget.

Automatic classes

The layout grid is exported as nested div elements. In addition to the classes you specify in the various Class properties, a number of classes are added automatically.

<div class="container-fluid">
  <div class="row">
    <div class="col-md-6"> ... </div>
    <div class="col-md-6"> ... </div>

The outermost div represents the widget as a whole and gets the one of the following classes:

  • container-fluid when width is set to full width
  • container when width is set to fixed width

The second div represents a row and automatically gets the row class. The innermost div represents a column and automatically gets the weight class col-md-<weight>.



A layout grid contains one or more rows. Each row can be styled with the Class and Style properties. Rows can be made conditionally visible through the property called ‘Visible’.

Each row in turn contains columns and the number of columns can differ per row.


A row in a layout grid contains one or more columns. Each column can be styled with the Class and Style properties. Additionally, the Weight property determines how wide the column is. The weights of all columns in a row must add up to 12. Examples of valid rows are:

  • one column with weight 12
  • two columns, both with weight 6
  • a column with weight 3 and a column with weight 9.

There is rarely a use case for more than four columns in a row.

Common Properties


The internal name of the widget. You can use this to give sensible names to widgets. The name property also appears in the generated HTML: the widget DOM element automatically includes the class ‘mx-name-{NAME}’, which can be useful for Selenium testing.


The class property allows you to specify a cascading style sheet (CSS) class for the widget. This class will be applied to the widget in the browser and the widget will get the corresponding styling. You can use more than one class, separated by a space. The classes should be classes from the theme that is used in the project. Using the class property overrules the default styling of the widget.

Note that the styling is applied in the following order:

1. Default styling defined by the theme the project uses.
2. The 'Class' property of the widget.
3. The 'Style' property of the widget.


The style property allows you to specify additional CSS styling. If a class is also specified, this styling is applied after the class.

background-color:blue; This will result in a blue background

General Properties


This property determines the width of the layout grid.

Value Description
Full width The layout grid spans the full width of the available space and will stretch and shrink.
Fixed width The layout grid has a fixed width but it is still responsive to viewport changes. Note that the width is not configurable in the modeler but is determined by Bootstrap.

Visibility Properties


By default, whether or not an element is displayed in the browser is determined by how the page is designed and the user’s roles within the application. However, the page can be configured to hide the element unless a certain condition is met.