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This version of Torch (5.x) only supports Phoenix 1.7 and above and is not fully backwards-compatible with previous versions of Torch. See UPGRADING for more details.

See v4.0 if you need support for Phoenix 1.6

See v3.0 if you need support for Phoenix 1.5 and below

Torch is a rapid admin generator for Phoenix applications. It creates custom templates and relies on the Phoenix HTML generator under the hood.




If you are upgrading from Torch v4 (or earlier) you can find additional documentation in the UPGRADING file.


To install Torch, perform the following steps:

  1. Add torch to your list of dependencies in mix.exs. Then, run mix deps.get:
def deps do
    {:torch, "~> 5.1"}
  1. Add a Plug.Static plug to your endpoint.ex:
  at: "/torch",
  from: {:torch, "priv/static"},
  gzip: true,
  cache_control_for_etags: "public, max-age=86400",
  headers: [{"access-control-allow-origin", "*"}]
  1. Configure Torch by adding the following to your config.exs.
config :torch,
  otp_app: :my_app_name
  1. Run mix torch.install

Now you're ready to start generating your admin! :tada:


Torch uses Phoenix generators under the hood. Torch injects it's own custom templates into your priv/static directory, then runs the mix phx.gen.html task with the options you passed in. Finally, it uninstalls the custom templates so they don't interfere with running the plain Phoenix generators.

In light of that fact, the torch.gen.html task takes all the same arguments as the phx.gen.html, but does some extra configuration on either end. Checkout mix help phx.gen.html for more details about the supported options and format.

For example, if we wanted to generate a blog with a Post model we could run the following command:

# mix torch.gen.html <Context Module> <Schema Module> <Schema Table Name> [<Column Name>:<Column Type>]+
$ mix torch.gen.html Blog Post posts title:string body:text published_at:datetime published:boolean views:integer

The output would look like:

* creating priv/templates/phx.gen.html/edit.html.heex
* creating priv/templates/phx.gen.html/form.html.heex
...<omitted for brevity>...
* injecting test/phx1_6/blog_test.exs
* injecting test/support/fixtures/blog_fixtures.ex

Add the resource to your browser scope in lib/phx1_6_web/router.ex:

    resources "/posts", PostController

Remember to update your repository by running migrations:

    $ mix ecto.migrate

Ensure the following is added to your endpoint.ex:

      at: "/torch",
      from: {:torch, "priv/static"},
      gzip: true,
      cache_control_for_etags: "public, max-age=86400",
      headers: [{"access-control-allow-origin", "*"}]

Also don't forget to add a link to layouts/torch.html if desired.

    <nav class="torch-nav">
      <!-- nav links here -->

Torch also installed an admin layout into your my_app_web/templates/layout/torch.html.heex. You will want to update it to include your new navigation link:

<nav class="torch-nav">
  <a href="/posts">Posts</a>

There may be times when you are adding Torch into an already existing system where your application already contains the modules and controllers and you just want to use the Torch admin interface. Since the torch.gen mix tasks are just wrappers around the existing phx.gen tasks, you can use most of the same flags. To add an admin interface for Posts in the previous example, where the model and controller modules already exist, use the following command:

$ mix torch.gen.html Blog Post posts --no-schema --no-context --web Admin title:string body:text published_at:datetime published:boolean views:integer

Torch.Pagination customization

The following assumes you the above example when running torch.gen.html.

By default, the Torch generators added the following code to your Blog context module:

# blog.ex

  use Torch.Pagination,
    repo: MyApp.Repo,
    model: MyApp.Blog.Post,
    name: :posts

Please refer to the Torch.Pagination module for documentation on how to customize the pagination options for each model, or globally for your whole application.

NOTE If you want to customize the pagination functions themselves for your application, do not use the default Torch.Pagination as described above; instead you will need to define your own paginate_*/2 method that will return a Scrivener.Page object. You can also define your own pagination system and functions as well, but that will require further customization of the generated Torch controllers as well.

Association filters

Torch does not support association filters at this time. Filtrex does not yet support them.

You can checkout these two issues to see the latest updates:

However, that does not mean you can't roll your own.


We have a Accounts.User model that has_many :credentials, Accounts.Credential and we want to support filtering users by

  1. Update the Accounts domain.
# accounts.ex
defp do_paginate_users(filter, params) do
  credential_params = Map.get(params, "credentials")
  params = Map.drop(params, ["credentials"])

  |> Filtrex.query(filter)
  |> credential_filters(credential_params)
  |> order_by(^sort(params))
  |> paginate(Repo, params, @pagination)

defp credential_filters(query, nil), do: query

defp credential_filters(query, params) do
  search_string = "%#{params["email"]}%"

  from(u in query,
    join: c in assoc(u, :credentials),
    where: like(, ^search_string),
  1. Update form filters.
# users/index.html.heex
<div class="field">
  <label>Credential email</label>
  <%= text_input(:credentials, :email, value: maybe(@conn.params, ["credentials", "email"])) %>

Note: You'll need to install & import Maybe into your views {:maybe, "~> 1.0.0"} for the above heex to work.


Torch generates two CSS themes you can use: base.css & theme.css. The base styles are basically bare bones, and the theme styles look like the screenshot above. Just change the stylesheet link in the torch.html.heex layout.

If you want to use the theme, but override the colors, you'll need to include your own stylesheet with the specific overrides.


Torch comes with .po files for several locales. If you are using Torch and can provide us with translation files for other languages, please submit a Pull Request with the translation file. We'd love to add as many translations as possible.

If you wish to add your own customized translations, you can configure Torch to use your own custom MessagesBackend and adding it in your Torch configuration settings in config.exs. You can find the all messages that can be customized in the default i18n/backend.ex file.

If you are customizing a backend for a "standard" spoken language, please submit back a proper .po translation file for us to include in the official Torch releases so other users can take advantage.


defmodule MyApp.CustomMessagesBackend do
  def message("Contains"), do: "** CUSTOM Contains **"
  def message("Equals"), do: "** CUSTOM Equals ****"
  def message("< Prev"), do: "<--"
  def message("Next >"), do: "-->"

  # You can add a fallback so it won't break with newly added messages or
  # messages you did not customize
  def message(text), do: Torch.I18n.Backend.message(text)
# config.exs
config :torch,
  otp_app: :my_app_name,
  i18n_backend: MyApp.CustomMessagesBackend


Getting Started

Torch currently uses Node 18 to build its assets.

Building the Torch asset bundles

The JavaScript bundle is output to priv/static/torch.js, and the CSS bundles are output to priv/static/base.css and priv/static/theme.css.

To build the bundles navigate to the assets folder and run the following commands:

$ cd assets
$ npm i
$ npm run compile