How to Add a Pivot Table

Okay, I'll be honest, Cube.js Developer Playground has one more feature to be explored and used for the greater good.

Let's go to the "Dashboard App" tab where you can generate the code for a front-end application with a dashboard. There's a variety of templates for different frameworks (React and Angular included) and charting libraries but you can always choose to "create your own".

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Let's choose "React", "React Antd Dynamic", "Bizcharts", and click "OK". Just in a few seconds you'll have a newly created front-end app in the dashboard-app folder. Click "Start dashboard app" to run it, or do the same by navigating to dashboard-app and running:

npm run start

Believe it or not, this dashboard app will allow you to run the same queries you've already run the Developer Playground. On the "Explore" tab, you can create a query, tailor the chart, and then click "Add to dashboard". On the "Dashboard" tab, you'll see the result.

Impressive? We'll go further than that, and replace the dashboard with the pivot table right now.

We'll need to follow a series of simple steps to add AG Grid, tune it, review the result, and understand how everything works. I should say that AG Grid has excellent documentation with versions for vanilla JavaScript, React, Angular, and Vue. However, here's an even more condensed version of the steps you need to follow to set up AG Grid.

First, let's install the AG Grid packages. Make sure to switch to the dashboard-app folder now. AG Grid can be installed via packages or modules, but the former way is simpler. Let's run in the console:

npm install --save ag-grid-enterprise ag-grid-react

Note that we're installing ag-grid-enterprise version. There's also ag-grid-community that contains a subset of the enterprise features but the pivot table feature is included in the enterprise version only. It's going to work but it will print a giant warning in the console until you obtain a license:

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Second, let's create a pivot table component. Add a new file at the src/components/Grid.js location with the following contents. Basically, it sets AG Grid up, adds data from Cube.js API, and does the pivoting. It's not very lengthy, and we'll break this code down in a few minutes:

import React, { useEffect, useState } from 'react';
import { useCubeQuery } from '@cubejs-client/react';
import { Button, Space, Layout } from 'antd';
import { AgGridColumn, AgGridReact } from 'ag-grid-react';
import 'ag-grid-enterprise';
import 'ag-grid-community/dist/styles/ag-grid.css';
import 'ag-grid-community/dist/styles/ag-theme-alpine.css';

const query = {
  'order': {
    'Orders.count': 'desc',
  'measures': [
  'dimensions': [

const Grid = () => {
  const [ rowData, setRowData ] = useState([]);
  const { resultSet } = useCubeQuery(query);

  useEffect(() => {
    if (resultSet) {
        .map(row => Object
          .reduce((object, key) => ({
            [key.replace('.', '-')]: row[key],
          }), {}),
  }, [ resultSet ]);

  const columnDefs = [
  ].map(field => ({
    headerName: field.split('.')[1],
    field: field.replace('.', '-'),

  return (
      <Layout.Header style={{ backgroundColor: '#43436B' }}>
        <Space size='large'>
          <a href='' target='_blank' rel='noreferrer'>
            <img src='' alt='Cube.js' />
            <Button href='' target='_blank' ghost>GitHub</Button>
            <Button href='' target='_blank' ghost>Slack</Button>
      <div className='ag-theme-alpine' style={{ height: 700 }}>
            flex: 1,
            minWidth: 150,
            sortable: true,
            resizable: true,
            'min': ({ values }) => values.reduce((min, value) => Math.min(min, Number(value)), 0),
            'max': ({ values }) => values.reduce((max, value) => Math.max(max, Number(value)), 0),
            'sum': ({ values }) => values.reduce((sum, value) => sum + Number(value), 0),
            'avg': ({ values }) => (values.reduce((sum, value) => sum + Number(value), 0) / values.length).toFixed(0),
          autoGroupColumnDef={{ minWidth: 250 }}
          {, i) => {
            const name = column.field.replace('-', '.');
            const isDimension = Object.values(query.dimensions).indexOf(name) !== -1;
            const isMeasure = Object.values(query.measures).indexOf(name) !== -1;

            return (
                pivot={column.headerName === 'status'}
                rowGroup={column.headerName === 'name'}
                allowedAggFuncs={[ 'sum', 'max', 'avg', 'min' ]}
                aggFunc={isMeasure ? 'sum' : null}

export default Grid;

To make everything work, now go to src/App.js and change a few lines there to add this new Grid component to the view:

+ import Grid from './components/Grid';
  import './body.css';
  import 'antd/dist/antd.css';

  // ...

  const AppLayout = ({
  }) => <Layout style={{
    height: '100%'
-   <Header />
-   <Layout.Content>{children}</Layout.Content>
+   <Grid />

  // ...

Believe it or not, we're all set! 🎉 Feel free to start your dashboard-app again with npm run start and prepare to be amused. Here's our data grid:

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You can even turn "Pivot Mode" off with the knob in the top right corner, remove all measures and dimensions from "Row Groups" and "Values", and behold the raw ungrouped and unpivoted data as fetched from Cube.js API:

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Amazing! Let's break the code down and review the features of AG Grid! 🔀