Create a New Module

How to create a new module in icehrm

You can create a new module in IceHrm without putting much effort. Let's create a sample module called 'rooms'.

There are 2 types of modules in IceHrm.

These modules are directly separated to allow different access level. In IceHrm we have three main user levels, Admin, Manager and Employee. Users with Employee level access can only

  1. common: common modules live under icehrm/core/modules and icehrm/web/modules directories. There modules can be accessed by all three main user levels (Admin / Manager / Employee)

  2. admin: admin modules can only be accessed by Admin and Manager level users. By default a user with Admin user level get access to all these modules. But for Manager user level access should be provided explicitly.

Here we are creating an admin module. The new module is called Meeting Rooms, and allow users to create some new meeting rooms

Create a Migration

First we need to create a migration to add a new database table called 'MeetingRooms'.

Create a new php file inside core -> migrations and name it accordingly. Name is formatted as v<date_YYYYMMDD>_<TARGET_VERSION>_<migration name>.php

Make sure to keep the class name and migration name in sync

Write sql query to create the new table. (in just ignoring migration down function here)

namespace Classes\Migration;
class v20200331_270009_add_meeting_rooms_table extends AbstractMigration {
public function up(){
$sql = <<<'SQL'
create table `MeetingRooms` (
`id` bigint(20) NOT NULL AUTO_INCREMENT,
`name` varchar(100),
`description` varchar(500),
`meeting_link` varchar(500),
`departments` varchar(250),
`teams` varchar(250),
`updated` datetime default NULL,
`created` datetime default NULL,
primary key (`id`),
) engine=innodb default charset=utf8;
return $this->executeQuery($sql);
public function down(){
return true;

Add the file name of this migration to the top of list.php file inside the core -> migrations directory.

Migration will run automatically and create the table. When you refresh any page in IceHrm

Create model class

Create a folder called 'Rooms' inside core->src and create the model class inside. We'll name it as 'MeetingRoom.php'. We can provide module access here.

It's better to maintain the existing folder structure of the project throughout creating this new module. So refer the existing modules.

Add MeetingRoom.php file inside core/src/Rooms/Common/Model

namespace Rooms\Common\Model;
use Classes\ModuleAccess;
use Model\BaseModel;
class MeetingRoom extends BaseModel
public $table = 'MeetingRooms';
public function getAdminAccess()
return ["get","element","save","delete"];
public function getManagerAccess()
return ["get","element","save"];
public function getUserAccess()
return [];
public function getAnonymousAccess()
return [];
public function getModuleAccess()
return [
new ModuleAccess('rooms', 'admin'),

Here you can provide different access levels to different user levels

for an example following code allows an Admin level users to:

  • get - read all meeting rooms

  • element - read a single meeting room

  • save - save or update a meeting room

  • delete - delete a meeting room

public function getAdminAccess()
return ["get","element","save","delete"];

Implement the Module Manager Class

setupModuleClassDefinitions method

Add RoomsAdminManger.php file inside core/src/Rooms/Admin/Api

namespace Rooms\Admin\Api;
use Classes\AbstractModuleManager;
class RoomsAdminManager extends AbstractModuleManager
public function initializeUserClasses()
public function initializeFieldMappings()
public function initializeDatabaseErrorMappings()
public function setupModuleClassDefinitions()
public function setupRestEndPoints()
public function getDashboardItemData()
public function initQuickAccessMenu()
public function initCalculationHooks()

Implement frontend changes

Javascript files are inside web folder.

Create a new folder named rooms inside icehrm/web/admin/src

Then add RoomsAdapter class as shown below inicehrm/web/admin/src/rooms/lib.js

  • getDataMapping - defines which data is displayed in the table

  • getHeaders - defines table headers (the order of the headers is used to map headers to data)

  • getFormFields - defines the form for adding a meeting room

import AdapterBase from '../../../api/AdapterBase';
class RoomsAdapter extends AdapterBase {
getDataMapping() {
return [
getHeaders() {
return [
{ sTitle: 'ID', bVisible: false },
{ sTitle: 'Name' },
{ sTitle: 'Description' },
{ sTitle: 'Link' },
getFormFields() {
return [
['id', { label: 'ID', type: 'hidden' }],
['name', { label: 'Room Name', type: 'text', help: 'Name of the room' }],
['description', { label: 'Description', type: 'textarea', validation: 'none' }],
['departments', { label: 'Department', type: 'select2multi', 'remote-source': ['CompanyStructure', 'id', 'title'] }],
['teams', { label: 'Team', type: 'select2multi', 'remote-source': ['EmployeeTeams', 'id', 'name'] }],
['meeting_link', { label: 'Meeting Link', type: 'text' }],
module.exports = { RoomsAdapter };

Add icehrm/web/admin/src/rooms/index.js

This file wires the ES6 class above to the window so we can use it frontend

import { RoomsAdapter } from './lib';
window.RoomsAdapter = RoomsAdapter;

Creating admin files

Create the folder icehrm/core/admin/rooms

Then create the index.php

$moduleName = 'rooms';
$moduleGroup = 'admin';
include APP_BASE_PATH.'header.php';
include APP_BASE_PATH.'';
?><div class="span9">
<ul class="nav nav-tabs" id="modTab" style="margin-bottom:0px;margin-left:5px;border-bottom: none;">
<li class="active"><a id="tabRoom" href="#tabPageRoom"><?=t('Meeting Rooms')?></a></li>
<div class="tab-content">
<div class="tab-pane active" id="tabPageRoom">
<div id="Room" class="reviewBlock" data-content="List" style="padding-left:5px;">
<div id="RoomForm" class="reviewBlock" data-content="Form" style="padding-left:5px;display:none;">
var modJsList = new Array();
modJsList['tabRoom'] = new RoomsAdapter( 'MeetingRoom','Room');
var modJs = modJsList['tabRoom'];
<?php include APP_BASE_PATH.'footer.php';?>

and meta.json file

When instantiating RoomsAdapter the endpoint and tab name are provided as parameters.

We are creating this Meeting Room module inside a main menu named Remote Work.

"label": "Meeting Rooms",
"menu": "Remote Work",
"order": "83",
"icon": "fa-comments",
"user_levels": [
"permissions": [],
"model_namespace": "\\Rooms\\Common\\Model",
"manager": "\\Rooms\\Admin\\Api\\RoomsAdminManager"

Give a label name and a suitable font awesome icon name. Add the correct paths to model and manger.

We can provide a suitable font awesome icon to the main menu by editing core->admin->meta.json

Include module in gulpfile.json

There is a gulpfile.js file inside root. You need to add the new module under admin-js or module-js according to its type. In this case it's admin-js

gulp.task('admin-js', (done) => {
// we define our input files, which we want to have
// bundled:
let files = [

Finally you have to rebuild the frontend with gulp command.

Vagrant ssh and log into vagrant machine

RUN gulp inside your vagrant machine path /vagrant

~ $ cd /vagrant
~ $ gulp

The new module should be created now. Refresh your icehrm to see the new module