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Create a custom AngularJS controller and an admin view

Sometimes you just want to create your own view within the admin module with your own AngularJS controller, view and API responses. Therefore this lessons shows you what is needed, how to register and create a quick basic view within minutes.

This lesson assumes, that you already have an admin UI module registered and running, see Module Lesson

Register menu

Let your menu know that you have a new menu node.

public function getMenu()
    return (new \luya\admin\components\AdminMenuBuilder($this))
        ->nodeRoute('My Menu Item', 'important_devices', 'myadminmodule/finder/index');

When clicking on the menu point the route myadminmodule/finder/index will be triggered, so therefore create a controller with the name FinderController in the module myadminmodule with an action index.

More about permissions and menus in the [[]] section.

Create controller

Creating the controller FinderController with an index action and an API callable action named data:


namespace app\modules\mymodule\admin\controllers;

use Yii;
use luya\admin\base\Controller;

class FinderController extends Controller
    // disables the route based permissions checks
    public $disablePermissionCheck = true;
    // let the controller know that actionData returns data in API Format (JSON).
    public $apiResponseActions = ['data'];
    // The view file to render when entering this controller
    public function actionIndex()
        return $this->render('index');
    // the api to send and retrieve data
    public function actionData()
        return [
            'time' => time(),

Create view file

Create a the view file for the index action of the controller:

zaa.bootstrap.register('MyController', ['$scope', '$http', function($scope, $http) {


    $ = function() {
        $http.get('myadminmodule/finder/data').then(function(response) {
            $scope.dataResponse =;        
<div class="luya-content" ng-controller="MyController">
    <h1>My Custom View</h1>
    <button type="button" ng-click="click()" class="btn btn-primary">Click me</button>
    <div ng-if="dataResponse">
        The time is: `dataResponse.time`

Its very common to just write the AngularJS controller code inside the view, of course you can also make a JavaScript file and add this to an asset and register the [[/guide/admin/assets]].