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Qooxdoo Dialog Widgets

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A set of often used dialog widgets for the qooxdoo framework.

  • Alert
  • Confirm
  • Login
  • Prompt
  • Select
  • Progress

The package also provides support for user-defined forms and wizards.


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See the code of the Demo app for examples how to use the widgets.

Install from package

To install the package into an existing qooxdoo application, execute in its root directory:

qx pkg install qooxdoo/qxl.dialog

Install icon theme

The package allows you to use custom icons for the dialogs. However, this means that the icons used in the dialogs will not work out of the box. You must extend your own icon theme from one of the shipped icon themes. or copy over the @asset() declarations and alias definitions from one of these themes into your own icon theme.

You can also use your own choice of icons by writing an icon theme which defines defining the aliases qxl.dialog.icon.(ok|cancel|info|warning|error) with the paths to the icons. Those paths also need to be put into a @asset compiler hint. See, for example, this theme class.

Development version / testing

To install the dependencies for a standalone development/ demo version, execute

npm install --no-save --no-package-lock @qooxdoo/framework

Afterwards, you can run the demo locally with npx qx serve.

To run the tests, execute npx qx test. The tests install the TestCafé Browser automation tools, which might require some additional security-related setup on MacOS.

Use development version in your app

Fork on GitHub and clone your fork, or if you are interested in current master only, clone it directly using git clone

Then, in your application, uninstall the package version if you had installed it, and install the repo version:

npx qx remove qooxdoo/qxl.dialog # only necessary if installed
npx qx install --from-path=./path/to/qxl.dialog

Then search and replace dialog. with qxl.dialog. and dialog/ with qxl/dialog/ (check each search/replace manually to avoid false positives )



  • Adds a new function that can be provided by the user, that gives additional capability to manage the container in which form fields are added (#17 by @derrell).


  • Move to Qooxdoo v.5


  • Added embedded tabbed multi-column form feature by @derrell



  • Moved qx dependency to v6.0.0

v3.1.0 (Enhancements by @derrell)

  • Refactored qxl.dialog.Dialog and qxl.dialog.Form
    • The mass of functionality for Dialog and Form now resides in mixins, MDialog and MForm. The MDialog mixin is included by two classes, Dialog and DialogEmbed; and the MForm mixin is included by two classes, Form and FormEmbed. The Dialog and Form classes work as they always have, creating a pop-up window in which to render. The new DialogEmbed and FormEmbed classes allow forms to be placed in any arbitrary container of the programmer's choice, so that these classes can be used for the main functionality on a page rather than only as pop-ups.
    • It is now easy to extend the Form functionality (both windowed and embedded) with form elements that are not provided as part of this package. All form elements, including those provided with this package, are now registered in a standard way. This means that user applications can register form elements not provided by this package, and include them in forms created using this package.
  • Added a generic multi-column form renderer, and the ability for an application to easily provide its own form renderer.
  • Arbitrary propery settings can be provided to any form element.
  • Arbitrary events can be handled from any form element.
  • Arbitrary userdata can be specified for any form element. This is used, within this package, to specify row and column numbers for the multi-column form renderer, but it can be used for any other application needs as well.
  • A finalizeFunction can be provided, which will be called when a form is completely generated. This finalize function may be used at the application's discretion, but in particular, it allows the application to add validation to the complete form, that requires that all of the form elements have been added to the form.
  • Access is provided via the _formElements map, to all of the form elements. The map is keyed by the same keys provided in the formData map.
  • beforeFormFunction, afterButtonsFunction, and afterFormFunction allow widgets to be added above and below the form, e.g., headings, or buttons that act on the form.
  • Fixed the non-functioning labelColumnWidth


  • Moved package from cboulanger/qx-contrib-Dialog and changed namespace to qxl.dialog


  • Dropped support for qx v5.0 and the python generator
  • Rewrote tests to make use of the new qx.core.Id system


  • Added TextCafe UI tests


  • integrate demo application into library code, now you can simply do qx serve to run the demo.


  • fix alias names


  • Compatible with qooxdoo 5.x and 6.x: added support for new JS compiler
  • Merged changes from
    • replaced base widget qx.ui.GroupBox with modal qx.ui.window.Window
  • Added new black and white SVG icons from, added support for live icon theme switching
  • Added promise() method returning a Promise as an alternative to callbacks
  • Promisified all shorthand methods (dialog.alert, ...), resulting in massively better readability see Demo app
  • Added caption parameter to shorthand methods.
  • Since a modal window has its own blocker, the default coloured blocker has been removed. If you want the old behavior, call dialog.Dialog.useBlocker(true).
  • Prettified with the default settings of
  • Added 'cancelOnEscape' property (default: true) which triggers the 'cancel' button action if the user presses the Escape key and 'allowCancel' is true.
  • Progress Widget enhancements:
    • added 'hideWhenCancelled' property (default: true) to allow "cleanup" or similar actions to be displayed after the cancel button has been pressed.


  • fixed a bug that prevented submitting the login dialog by pressing enter (patch by @novij)
  • added "Forgot Password?" button to login widget


  • compatible with qooxdoo v4.0
  • Progress dialog widget added


  • compatible with qooxdoo v3.5


  • Tab and focus handling is still buggy: Users can tab into non-modal widgets.
  • Rewrite using child controls, to make dialogs truly themeable.