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Meteor Admin

$ meteor add yogiben:admin

To get a working example, clone and run my Meteor starter repo and then go to /admin.

A complete admin dashboard solution for meteor built off the iron-router, roles and autoform packages and frontend from the open source admin dashboard template, Admin LTE.

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Meteor admin

Getting started

0. Prerequisites####

This package is designed to work with certain types of projects. Your project should be using and have configured

  • Iron Router - meteor add iron:router
  • Collection Helpers - meteor add dburles:collection-helpers
  • Collection2 - meteor add aldeed:collection2
  • An accounts system - e.g. meteor add accounts-base accounts-password
  • Roles - meteor add alanning:roles
  • Bootstrap 3 - e.g. meteor add twbs:bootstrap
  • Fontawesome - e.g. meteor add fortawesome:fontawesome

1. Install

Download to your packages directory and run meteor add yogiben:admin then go to /admin for the setup wizzard.

2. Config

The simplest possible config with one, 'Posts', collection.

#####Server and Client#####

AdminConfig = {
  collections: {
    Posts: {}
  }
};

This config will make the first user admin.

You can also set the adminEmails property which will will override this.

AdminConfig = {
  name: 'My App',
  adminEmails: ['ben@code2create.com'],
  collections: {
    Posts: {}
  },
};

3. Define your data models

If you are unfamiliar with autoform or collection2 or collection-helpers you should check them out now.

You need to define and attach a schema to the collections that you want to edit via the admin dashboard. Check out the documentation.

@Schemas = {}

@Posts = new Meteor.Collection('posts');

Schemas.Posts = new SimpleSchema
	title:
		type: String
		max: 60
	content:
		type: String
		autoform:
			rows: 5
	createdAt:
		type: Date
		label: 'Date'
		autoValue: ->
			if this.isInsert
				return new Date()
	owner:
		type: String
		regEx: SimpleSchema.RegEx.Id
		autoValue: ->
			if this.isInsert
				return Meteor.userId()
		autoform:
			options: ->
				_.map Meteor.users.find().fetch(), (user)->
					label: user.emails[0].address
					value: user._id

Posts.attachSchema(Schemas.Posts)

4. Enjoy

Go to /admin. If you are not made an admin, re-read step 2.

Customization

The admin dashboard is heavily customisable. Most of the possibilities are represented in the config option below.

@AdminConfig =
    nonAdminRedirectRoute: 'entrySignIn',
    collections:
        Posts: {
            icon: 'pencil'
            tableColumns: [
              {label: 'Title', name: 'title'}
	            {label: 'Published', name: 'published'}
	            {label: 'User', name: 'owner', template: 'userEmail'}
            ]
            templates:
              new:
                name: 'postWYSIGEditor'
                data:
                  post: Session.get 'admin_doc' if Meteor.isClient
              edit:
                name: 'postWYSIGEditor'
                data:
                  post: ()-> Session.get 'admin_doc' if Meteor.isClient
            selector: (userId)->
              return {ownerId: userId}
        },
        Comments: {
            icon: 'comment'
            omitFields: ['owner']
            tableColumns: [
              {label: 'Content', name: 'content'}
              {label: 'Post', name: 'postTitle()'}
              {label: 'User', name: 'owner', template: 'userEmail'}
            ]
            showWidget: false
        }
    autoForm:
        omitFields: ['createdAt', 'updatedAt']
    dashboard:
        homeUrl: '/dashboard'
        widgets: [
          {
            template: 'adminCollectionWidget'
            data:
              collection: 'Posts'
              class: 'col-lg-3 col-xs-6'
          }
          {
            template: 'adminUserWidget'
            data:
              class: 'col-lg-3 col-xs-6'
          }
        ]

Comments.helpers({
  postTitle: function () {
    if (this.post) {
      return Posts.findOne(this.post).title;
    }
  }
});

Posts.attachSchema(Schemas.Posts)

Collections

AdminConfig.collections tells the dashboard which collections to manage based on the global variable name.

AdminConfig = {
  collections: {
    Posts: {
      // collection options
    },
    Comments: {
      // collection options
    }
  }
};

It is possible to configure the way the collection is managed.

Comments: {
  icon: 'comment'
  omitFields: ['updatedAt']
  tableColumns: [
   { label: 'Content', name: 'content' },
   { label: 'Post', name: 'postTitle()' },
   { label: 'User', name: 'owner', template: 'userEmail' }
  ]
  showEditColumn: true // Set to false to hide the edit button. True by default.
  showDelColumn: true // Set to false to hide the edit button. True by default.
  showWidget: false
  color: 'red'
}
Collection options

icon is the icon code from Font Awesome.

tableColumns an array of objects that describe the columns that will appear in the admin dashboard.

  • {label: 'Content', name:'content'} will display the content property of the mongo doc.
  • {label: 'Post', name: 'postTitle()'} will use postTitle collection helper (see dburles:collection-helpers package).
  • {label: 'Joined', name: 'createdAt', template: 'prettyDate'} will display createdAt field using prettyDate template. Following object will be set as the context:
{
  value: // current cell value
  doc:   // current document
}

fields is an array of field names - set when the form should only show these fields. From AutoForm.

extraFields fields to be subscribed but not displayed in the table. Can be used if collection helper depends on the field which is not in the table.

omitFields hides fields that we don't want appearing in the add / edit screens like 'updatedAt' for example. From AutoForm.

showWidget when set to false hides the corresponding widget from the dashboard.

color styles the widget. See the LTE Admin documentation.

Users

The Meteor.users collection is automatically added to the admin panel. You can create, view and delete users.

If you have attached a schema to the user, it will automatically be used for the edit form. You can disable this functionality, or customize the schema that is used.

AdminConfig = {
  //...

  // Disable editing of user fields:
  userSchema: null,

  // Use a custom SimpleSchema:
  userSchema: new SimpleSchema({
    'profile.gender': {
       type: String,
       allowedValues: ['male', 'female']
     }
  })
}

Custom Templates

The default admin templates are autoForm instances based on the schemas assigned to the collections. If they don't do the job, you specify a custom template to use for each of the new,edit and view screens for each collection.

AdminConfig = {
  // ...
  collections: {
    Posts: {
      templates: {
        new: {
          name: 'postWYSIGEditor'
        },
        edit: {
          name: 'postWYSIGEditor',
          data: {
             post: Meteor.isClient && Session.get('admin_doc')
          }
        }
      }
    }
  }
};

The /admin/Posts/new and /admin/Posts/edit will now use the postWYSIGEditor template that you've defined somewhere in your code. The edit view will be rendered with a data context (here the document being edited).

Custom templates are most used when you need to use an {{#autoForm}} instead of the default {{> quickForm}}.

Custom route options

It is possible to setup some custom options that will be used during the generation of the routes for your collections. If no options are given, default ones will be used.

This could be useful in order to set up waitOn or onAfterAction hooks:

AdminConfig = {
  // ...
  collections: {
    Posts: {
      routes: {
        new: {
          waitOn: function () { return Meteor.subscribe('images'); }
        },
        view: {
          waitOn: function () { return Meteor.subscribe('images'); }
        },
        edit: {
          waitOn: function () { return Meteor.subscribe('images'); }
        }
      }
    }
  }
  // ...
}

All the options that Iron Router accept are also accepted here, except: path, template, controller, action and data.

However, data context could be set up using the collectionObject key:

AdminConfig = {
  // ...
  collections: {
    Posts: {
      collectionObject: {
        key: 'value'
      }
    }
  }
  // ...
}

Autoform

AdminConfig = {
  // ...
  autoForm:
    omitFields: ['createdAt', 'updatedAt']
};

Here you can specify globally the fields that should never appear in your new and update views. This is typically meta information likes dates.

Important don't omit fields unless the schema specifies either an autoValue or optional is set to true. See autoForm.

AdminLTE Skin

In order to customise the skin, add the key skin with one of the allowed values. skin defaults to "blue".

Available skins: black black-light blue blue-light green green-light purple purple-light red red-light yellow yellow-light

AdminConfig = {
  // ...
  skin: 'black-light',
  // ...
}

Dashboard

Here you can customise the look and feel of the dashboard.

AdminConfig = {
  // ...
  dashboard: {
    homeUrl: '/dashboard',
    widgets: [
      {
        template: 'adminCollectionWidget',
        data: {
          collection: 'Posts',
          class: 'col-lg-3 col-xs-6'
        }
      },
      {
        template: 'adminUserWidget',
        data: {
          class: 'col-lg-3 col-xs-6'
        }
      }
    ]
  }
};

homeUrl is the href property of the 'Home' button. Defaults to /.

widgets is an array of objects specifying template names and data contexts. Make sure to specify the class in the data context. If set, the widgets property will override the collection widgets which appear by default.

Extending Dashboard

There are few things you can do to integrate your package with meteor-admin. Remember to wrap it in Meteor.startup on client.

#####Create custom path to admin dashboard#####

AdminDashboard.path('/:collection/delete')

Note: you can omit the leading slash (it will be inserted automatically).

#####Add sidebar item with single link#####

AdminDashboard.addSidebarItem('New User', AdminDashboard.path('/Users/new'), { icon: 'plus' })

#####Add sidebar item with multiple links#####

AdminDashboard.addSidebarItem('Analytics', {
  icon: 'line-chart',
  urls: [
    { title: 'Statistics', url: AdminDashboard.path('/analytics/statistics') },
    { title: 'Settings', url: AdminDashboard.path('/analytics/settings') }
  ]
});

#####Add link to collection item#####

This will iterate through all collection items in sidebar and call your function. If you return an object with the title and url properties the link will be added. Otherwise it will be ignored.

AdminDashboard.addCollectionItem(function (collection, path) {
  if (collection === 'Users') {
    return {
      title: 'Delete',
      url: path + '/delete'
    };
  }
});

#####Add custom route#####

If you want to add your own sub route of admin dashboard (using iron:router package) there are three key things to follow

  1. Use AdminDashboard.path to get the path

  2. Use AdminController

  3. Set admin_title (and optionally admin_subtitle) session variable

e.g.

Router.route('analytics', {
  path: AdminDashboard.path('analytics'),
  controller: 'AdminController',
  onAfterAction: function () {
    Session.set('admin_title', 'Analytics');
  }
});

Logout Redirects

If you want to redirect to a custom route after the user is loggged out, you can use the logoutRedirect setting.

AdminConfig = {
  logoutRedirect: 'login' // Redirect to the route named 'login' after logging out.
}

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