Version 2

This version is a substantial change from the previous (1.5.9) version. The change can be summarised as:

  1. The code has been ported to TypeScript
  2. The primary focus of maintenance will be on reliability.

Before migrating from version 1, it is important to review the following:

Dropped Features

As part of the port, the code base was significantly refactored. A number of features have been dropped from the version 1.0 as their implementation was not robust enough to meet the reliability requirements of version 2. The dropped features are:

Migration to v2

Version 2 has been re-written in TypeScript. A general code cleanup has been carried out as part of this re-write.

Also, some changes have been made to the GoldenLayout API. Where possible, backwards compatibility has been retained,however functions and properties kept for backwards compatibility have been marked as deprecated. It is strongly recommend applications be migrated to the new API.


Configs are now strongly typed. In addition, GoldenLayout now has “Configs” and “Resolved Configs”

  1. Configs
    Application developers will mainly work with “Configs”. A “Config” supports optional properties. If a property is not specified, a default will be used. In addition, “Config” also will handle backwards compatibility. It will migrate deprecated properties to their new values.
    Config parameters in GoldenLayout API methods will be of type “Config”. The one exception is LayoutConfig.saveLayout() which returns a “Resolved Config”.
  2. Resolved Configs
    Golden-Layout internally uses “Resolved Config”s. Whenever an API function is passed a “Config”, GoldenLayout will resolve it to its corresponding “Resolved Config”. This resolving process will set default values where an optional value has not been specified. It will also handle backwards compatibility. This allows the GoldenLayout library to always work with fully configured Configs.

For persistence of configs, always save the “Resolved Config” returned by LayoutManager.saveLayout(). When reloading a saved Layout, first convert the saved “Resolved Config” to a “Config” by calling LayoutConfig.fromResolved().

Both “Resolved Config” and “Config” have 2 types of interface hierarchies:

  1. ItemConfig
    This specifies the config for a content item.
  2. LayoutConfig (previously the Config interface)
    This specifies the config for a layout.

The (optional) property now has type string (instead of its previous string | string[] type). For backwards compatibility, when is resolved, it will still accept an id with of type string array. This will allow handling of legacy saved configs in which id contains an array of strings (including possibly the legacy maximise indicator). When such an id is resolved, the array is first checked for the legacy maximise indicator and then the first element becomes the id string value. The remaining elements are discarded.

The ComponentItemConfig.componentName property has now been replaced by property ComponentItemConfig.componentType. componentType is of type JsonValue. While a component type can now be specified by values that can be serialised by JSON, componentType must be of type string if it is registered with one of the following functions:

  1. GoldenLayout.registerComponent() (deprecated)
  2. GoldenLayout.registerComponentConstructor()
  3. GoldenLayout.registerComponentFactoryFunction()

A LayoutConfig has a root property which specifies the ItemConfig of root content item of the layout. root is not optional and must always be specified.

The LayoutConfig selectionEnabled property has been removed. Clicking of Stack Headers can now be handled with the new stackHeaderClick event (which is always enabled).

ResolvedLayoutConfig now has functions to minify and unminify configurations:

  1. minifyConfig() Replaces LayoutManager.minifyConfig()
  2. unminifyConfig() Replaces LayoutManager.unminifyConfig()

For examples of how to create LayoutConfigs, please refer to the apitest program in the repository.

Many of the Config properties have been deprecated as they overlapped or were moved to more appropriate locations. Please refer to the config.ts source file for more information about these deprecations.

GoldenLayout class and VirtualLayout class

GoldenLayout is now a distinct class which is a descendant of the VirtualLayout class, which in turn is a descendant of the LayoutManager class. Your application should always create an instance of either GoldenLayout or VirtualLayout.

The GoldenLayout and VirtualLayout constructors takes 3 optionals parameters:

  1. The HTML element which contains the GoldenLayout instance. If this is not specified, GoldenLayout will be placed under body.
  2. The bindComponentEvent event handler.
  3. The unbindComponentEvent event handler.

Note that the initial Layout is no longer specified in this constructor. Instead it is loaded with LayoutManager.loadLayout() (see below).

The GoldenLayout class now handles component registration. LayoutManager no longer includes any component registration functions. The following changes to registration functions have been made:

  1. registerComponentConstructor() (new function)
    Same as previous registerComponent() however only used when registering a component constructor.
  2. registerComponentFactoryFunction (new function)
    Same as previous LayoutManager.registerComponent() however only used when registering a call back function (closure) for creating components.
  3. Do not use registerComponent(). Use the new registerComponentConstructor() or registerComponentFactoryFunction() instead.

LayoutManager changes

  1. Do not construct an instance of LayoutManager. Construct an instance of GoldenLayout (see above).
  2. Do not call init(). Call LayoutManager.loadLayout() instead.
  3. loadLayout() (new function)
    Will load the new layout specified in its LayoutConfig parameter. This can also be subsequently called whenever the GoldenLayout layout is to be replaced.
  4. saveLayout() (new function)
    Saves the current layout as a LayoutConfig. Replaces the existing toConfig() function.
  5. Do not uses minifyConfig() of unminifyConfig() functions. Use the respective functions in ResolvedLayoutConfig.
  6. Do not call toConfig(). Call LayoutManager.saveLayout() instead.
  7. setSize() (new function)
    Sets the size of the GoldenLayout instance in pixels. Replaces the existing updateSize() function.
  8. Do not use updateSize(). Use the new LayoutManager.setSize() instead.
  9. rootItem (new property) Specifies the root content item of the layout (not the Ground content item).
  10. Do not use root. This has been replaced with the internal property groundItem. You probably want to use the new rootItem instead.
  11. focusComponent() will focus the specified component item. Only one component item can have focus. If previously, another component item had focus, then it will lose focus (become blurred). focus or blur events will be emitted as appropriate unless the suppressEvent parameter is set to true.
  12. clearComponentFocus() which removes any existing component item focus. If focus is removed, a blur event will be emitted unless the suppressEvent parameter is set to true.


  1. getComponentEvent Now implemented in the VirtualLayout class but has been deprecated. Use VirtualLayout.bindComponentEvent instead.
  2. releaseComponentEvent (new event)
    Now implemented in the VirtualLayout class but has been deprecated. Use VirtualLayout.unbindComponentEvent instead.
  3. See Binding Components section for more information about new events related to binding components.

Content Items

  1. AbstractContentItem has been renamed to ContentItem
  2. config property has been removed. Use the toConfig() method instead (as recommended in the original GoldenLayout documentation).
  3. Some of the previous config properties such as id and type are now available as properties of ContentItem or its descendants (where appropriate).
  4. id now has type string. (It used to be string | string[].)
  5. ItemContainer has been renamed to ComponentContainer
  6. Component has been renamed to ComponentItem. “Component” now refers to the external component hosted inside GoldenLayout
  7. Root has been renamed to GroundItem and has been marked as internal only. Applications should never access GroundItem. Note that the layout’s root ContentItem is GroundItem’s only child. You can access this root ContentItem with LayoutManager.rootItem.
  8. Stack.getActiveContentItem() and Stack.setActiveContentItem() have been renamed to respective Stack.getActiveComponentItem() and Stack.setActiveComponentItem()
  9. and ContentItem.deselect() have been removed. Use the new ComponentItem.focus() and ComponentItem.blur() instead.
  10. ComponentItem.focus() (new function) will focus the specified ComponentItem. It will also remove focus from another component item which previously had focus. Only one component item can have focus at any time. If layout focus has changed, a focus event will be emitted (unless suppressEvent parameter is set to true).
  11. ComponentItem.blur() (new function) will remove focus from the specified ComponentItem. After this is called, no component item in the layout will have focus. If the component lost focus, a blur event will be emitted (unless suppressEvent parameter is set to true).


  1. element (new property - replaces getElement())
    Returns HTMLElement which hosts component
  2. Do not use getElement(). Use the new element property instead
  3. initialState (new getter)
    Gets the componentState of the ComponentItemConfig used to create the contained component.
  4. stateRequestEvent (new event)
    If set, stateRequestEvent is fired whenever GoldenLayout wants the latest state for a component. Calling LayoutManager.saveLayout() will cause this event to be fired (if it is defined). If it is not defined, then the initial state in the ItemConfig or the latest state set in setState() will be saved.
  5. beforeComponentRelease (new EventEmitter event)
    beforeComponentRelease is emitted on the container before a component is released. Components can use this event to dispose of resources.
  6. Do not use getState() unless you are using the deprecated setState(). Use ComponentContainer.initialState getter if you have migrated to the new ComponentContainer.stateRequestEvent.
  7. setState() has been marked as deprecated. If possible, use the new stateRequestEvent event instead.
  8. replaceComponent() allows you to replace a component in a container without otherwise affecting the layout.
  9. See Binding Components section for more information about new events related to binding components.

Header and Tab

Several properties and functions have been renamed in header.ts and tab.ts. Please search for “@deprecated” in these files for these changes.


  1. All DOM events are now propagated so that they can be handled by parents or globally.
  2. preventDefault() is not called by any event listeners.
  3. Bubbling Events are now emitted with the parameter EventEmitter.BubblingEvent (or descendant)
  4. New EventEmitter events:
    • beforeComponentRelease
    • stackHeaderClick - Bubbling event. Fired when stack header is clicked - but not tab.
    • stackHeaderTouchStart - Bubbling event. Fired when stack header is touched - but not tab.
    • focus - Bubbling event. Fired when a component gets focus.
    • blur - Bubbling event. Fired when a component loses focus.


  1. undefined is used instead of null for new properties, events etc. Some internals have also been switched to use undefined instead of null. Existing properties using null mostly have been left as is however it is possible that some of these internal changes have affected external properties/events/methods.


For most changes, the existing functions and properties have been left in place but marked as deprecated. It is strongly recommended that applications be reworked not to use these deprecations. Bugs associated with deprecations will be given low priority (or not fixed at all). Also, deprecated aliases, methods and properties may be removed in future releases.

Public and Internal APIs

All API elements (classes, interfaces, functions etc) have been labelled as either public or internal. Applications should only use public API elements. Internal API elements are subject to change and no consideration will be given to backwards compatibility when these are changed.

The library distribution includes 2 TypeScript declaration (typing) files:

  1. index.d.ts which contains only public API elements. Applications should use this declaration file to access the library.
  2. golden-layout-untrimmed.d.ts which contains all (public and internal) API elements. Use this declaration file if you wish to access any API element in the library however please take the above warning into account.

Note that the allocation of API elements to either public or internal has not been finalised. However any element used in either the apitest application or the example Angular application will remain labelled as public.