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How to use beautiful alert/confirm/prompt dialog boxes in the backend

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Another hidden treasure in the PW Backend:

PW 3.0.61 introduced the VEX library for dialogs: https://processwire.com/blog/posts/processwire-3.0.61-master/#admin-and-ui

This is how you can use them in your custom admin pages:


In your module's php load the vex library (eg in the init() method of your module):


Then in your javascript:

// show confirm dialog
ProcessWire.confirm('Are you sure you want to delete this E-Mail?', function() {
    // on confirm
    $i.removeClass('fa-trash').addClass('fa-spin fa-spinner');
    $.get('./trash/?mailid=' + $a.data('mailid'), function() {
  function() {
    // on abort



I opened a pull request with a little fix for handling clicks on the CANCEL button. If you want to support it, give it a thumb: https://github.com/processwire/processwire/pull/108

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I wouldn't call them beautiful. It does its job.. but beauty is in the eyes of the beholder etc.etc.

I first encountered that vex thingie just a few days ago - and it didn't work. I'm still trying to find out why no one else was able to replicate that behaviour... I'll dig deeper when I have more time.

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Just used vex in a project where Kendo UI wasn't available (mostly we use that for admin pages), and it was a very pleasant experience. After all I'm happy that I had to find an alternative, it brings more sophisticated ways to do prompts, confirms, etc.

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