How to Build a Mega Menu with Webix

Unlike the regular menus that you can create using the Menu Component, Mega Menus are big and wide enough to allow you place other components and widgets within them. Such a type of menus is widely used on the online shopping websites since it’s pretty easy to use them for navigation purposes.

Here’s an example of how this menu works:

Mega menu built with webix

The demo of the final mega menu with its source code is here.

In this article, we’ll create our own mega menu with Webix in a few easy steps.

Step One. Redefine the Popup Component

The Popup Component is a variant of the Window Component that disappears after you click somewhere outside of it. It can be used to alert some info. It can also form a popup menu.

But our use case requires unusual behavior of this component. We want it to fill all the available page width. The other requirement is the same height of popup windows for different menu items. To make it we can use the protoUI Method that can help us create a new view on the basis of the existing ones.

Here’s how it works:

state.left = 0;
state.width = state.maxWidth;
state.height = 380;
config.body =;
config.body.borderless = true;
}, webix.ui.popup);

In this code, we’ve created a new view with the subpanel name. After that, the default properties were defined. We set the left offset to 0 and changed the initial width and height values. The $init method defines the component initialization. And, finally, our new view inherits from the existing Popup Component.

You can check this guide to learn more about the creation of custom components.

Step Two. Create the Menu

The Toolbar Component will contain our mega menu, and since it’s still a menu, we’ll use the Menu Component for our application:

//enabling CustomScroll
if (!webix.env.touch && webix.ui.scrollSize)

cols: [
{view: "menu", submenuConfig:{ view:"subpanel" },
width: 460, openAction:"click",
/* mega menu items*/


Let’s check the menu properties. The submenuConfig property sets the previously created subpanel view as the submenu object. You should choose the value of the width property accordingly to the overall number of your mega menu items. The openAction property alters the way of submenu opening. In our case, you should click the menu item to open it. The data property contains the items of our menu.

Step Three. Create the Menu Items

It will be a good idea to divide the content of our mega menu into the modules. Such an approach will give you a possibility to change the order of the elements easily or use them later in other projects.

As an example, let’s create the “Electronics” menu item that is shown on the first screenshot of this article.

First of all, we should define its layout:

var electronics = {
value:"Electronics", submenu:{
{ rows: [
{/* 1-st header */},
{/* 1-st submenu content */}

{ rows:[
{/* 2-nd header */},
{/* 2-nd submenu content */}

The submenu property contains the elements that will appear on the screen within the subpanel view after you click this menu item. We’ve divided the submenu into two columns. Each of them contains two rows: one for the header and one for the content. Here’s an example of how you can create the header using the Template Component:

{view:"template", template:"Most Popular", type:"header"}

For the first part of this mega menu item, we’ll use the Grouplist Component. It’s an animated widget that allows visualize the hierarchical data. Before using it, let’s define some data it can use:

var electronics_data = [
/* first level data */
{ id: "1", value: "Smartphones", data: [
/* second level data */
{ id: "sm_0", value: "iOS", data: [
/* third level data */
{ id: "sm_0_0", value: "iPhone 5"},
{ id: "sm_0_1", value: "iPhone 6"},
{ /* more items here */}
{id: "sm_1", value: "Android", data: [
{ id: "sm_1_0", value: "Nexus 5"},
{ /* some more items */}

{ id:"2", value:"Photo & Video", data:[
{ id: "p_0", value: "Digital cameras", data: [
{ id: "p_0_0", value: "Canon" },
{ /* etc */}

Hope, you get the idea. After you create the required data, you can add the grouplist element to the second row of the first column:

height:310, select:true, scroll:false}

This code will set the electronics_data array as the data source. The height: 310 property defines the height of the element that equals to 310 pixels, select: true allows you select the items and scroll: false disables the scrollbar.

The next step is to place something within the second row of the second column. This time there’s no need to use the hierarchical data which means that we can use the List Component.

Here’s the data that can be used:

var other_data = [
{ id:1, value:"Car Audio"},
{ id:2, value:"Car Video"},
{ /* etc */},

To create a new list we can use the same properties as we used in the previous example:

{view:"list", data:"other_data",
height:310, select:true, scroll:false}

Step Four. Add the Created Items to Your Mega Menu

By combining the available widgets you can create the desirable mega menu content. To make all the components work together, just place the created variables within the data property of your menu.

Here’s the mega menu that was created as an example for this article:

data: [

Here’s the result you can get combining the Template, Pager, List and Datatable widgets:

Webix mega menu with embedded grid

And here’s the combination of two forms:

Mega menu with forms

Once again, notice the way we’ve defined the data array. Since there are previously defined modules instead of code, it’s pretty easy to change the sequence of items, find the errors or change the proper item.


Webix allows you create the Mega Menu that you want. You can use complex combinations of rows and columns to create the desirable layout. Within the mega menu, it is possible to embed any widget you like. And remember that there’s always a possibility to create a custom view on the basis of the existing ones.

If you want to check out the source code and a demo, you can visit this page:

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Mariya Lutova

Mariya Lutova

An experienced technical writer with a deep knowledge in Webix library. She has a responsible approach to all the tasks that need to be done.
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  • Vladimir Drozdov

    Cool mega menu. Webix components are so customizable. That’s great!

    • Mary Lutova

      Thank you, Vladimir!

  • Thanks for this nice article, Mariya!
    As you make it in a useful step-by-step manner, I think an real/play-able example of the two results would be very handy for the reader.

    • Mary Lutova

      Hello! Thanks for your comment. As for the example, the link is given at the end of the article.
      Or do you mean any other one?

      • You are absolutely right. If the link was there from the very first time, I’am sorry, maybe I was in a hurry.
        Once again, thanks for the article and feedback! :-)

        • Mary Lutova

          Marius, you are welcome!

      • There’s a problem with the example:

        Click Home then hover over the other buttons/tabs. Nothing happens. Click Electronics then hover over the other buttons/tabs. They’ll expand.

        • Mary Lutova

          Hello, Dan!
          It’s supposed that in a real application a click on the Home or Cart buttons will open the Home page or the Cart page, respectively. It means that on clicking these buttons either the interface will be updated or a new window will open (depending on the developer’s decision).