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JavaScript Grid: Value Setters

After editing a cell, the grid normally inserts the new value into your data using the column definition field attribute. If it's not possible to use a field attribute, you can provide a Value Setter instead.

A Value Setter is the inverse of a Value Getter. Where the value getter allows getting values from your data using a function rather than a field, the value setter allows you to set values into your data using a function rather than specifying a field.

The parameters provided to a value setter are as follows:

// interface for params
interface ValueSetterParams {
    oldValue: any, // the value before the change
    newValue: any, // the value after the change
    data: any, // the data you provided for this row
    node: RowNode, // the row node for this row
    colDef: ColDef, // the column def for this column
    column: Column, // the column for this column
    api: GridApi, // the grid API
    columnApi: ColumnApi, // the grid Column API
    context: any  // the context

A value setter should return true if the value was updated successfully and false if the value was not updated (including if the value was not changed). When you return true, the grid knows it must refresh the cell.

The following is an example of how you would configure a column using the field attribute and then follows how the same can be done using value getters and value setters.

const gridOptions = {
    columnDefs: [
        // Option 1: using field
        { field: 'name' },

        // Options 2: using valueGetter and valueSetter - value getter used to get data
            valueGetter: params => {
            valueSetter: params => {
       = params.newValue;
                return true;

    // other grid options ...

Example: Value Setter

The example below demonstrates value setters working alongside value getters (value setters are typically only used alongside value getters). Note the following:

  • All columns are editable. After an edit, the example prints the updated row data to the console to show the impact of the edit.
  • Column A uses field for both getting and setting the value. This is the simple case for comparison.
  • Column B uses valueGetter and valueSetter instead of field for getting and setting the value. This allows the value to be parsed into the correct type before being saved.
  • Column Name uses valueGetter to combine the value from the two attributes firstName and lastName and valueSetter is used to break the value up into the two same attributes.
  • Column C.X and C.Y use valueGetter to get the value from an embedded object. They then use valueSetter to set the value into the embedded object while also making sure the correct structure exists (this structure creation would not happen if using field).