Version 27 (modified by Fran Boon, 15 years ago) ( diff ), Menu defined in Controller


How to add a new module?


  • Copy an existing module, paste & edit.
  • Good modules to look at to start with are or & cr as these are simplest & standard.


Add module to db.s3_module:

This makes it visible on the front page & the left-hand navigation menu.

To make this change in code not just in this instance, then edit /models/

# Populate table with Default modules
if not len(db().select(db[table].ALL)):
        name_nice="Vehicle Management System",
        description="Allows the management of vehicles",

Create a file /models/

Add tables to this file, as-required for your resources.
To avoid namespace clashes, use the format: db.module_table

e.g. if building a Vehicle Management System, create db.veh_vehicle:

module = 'veh'
resource = 'vehicle'
table = module + '_' + resource
db.define_table(table, timestamp, uuidstamp,
db[table].uuid.requires = IS_NOT_IN_DB(db, '%s.uuid' % table) = IS_NOT_EMPTY() = SPAN("*", _class="req")

Add the messages for your resources:

title_create = T('Add Vehicle')
title_display = T('Vehicle Details')
title_list = T('List Vehicles')
title_update = T('Edit Vehicle')
title_search = T('Search Vehicles')
subtitle_create = T('Add New Vehicle')
subtitle_list = T('Vehicles')
label_list_button = T('List Vehicles')
label_create_button = T('Add Vehicle')
msg_record_created = T('Vehicle added')
msg_record_modified = T('Vehicle updated')
msg_record_deleted = T('Vehicle deleted')
msg_list_empty = T('No Vehicles currently registered')
crud_strings[table] = Storage(title_create=title_create, title_display=title_display, title_list=title_list, title_update=title_update, subtitle_create=subtitle_create, subtitle_list=subtitle_list, label_list_button=label_list_button, label_create_button=label_create_button, msg_record_created=msg_record_created, msg_record_modified=msg_record_modified, msg_record_deleted=msg_record_deleted, msg_list_empty=msg_list_empty)


Create a file: /controllers/

Add the S3 framework functions:

module = 'veh'
# Current Module (for sidebar title)
module_name = db([0].name_nice
# List Options (from which to build Menu for this Module)
options = db(db['%s_menu_option' % module].enabled=='Yes').select(db['%s_menu_option' % module].ALL, orderby=db['%s_menu_option' % module].priority)

Add CRUD functions for your tables:

def vehicle():
    "RESTful CRUD controller"
    return shn_rest_controller(module, 'vehicle')

Manual method for if/when you need more control: DeveloperGuidelinesCreateReadUpdateDelete


Add HTML templates for any custom functions: /views/module/function.html

NB Only index.html is required to start with since the RESTful controller normally re-uses standard views.
If Custom Views are wanted they are detected automatically if files are found in /views/module/resource_method.html


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