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Adding Navigation Items

Extending the NavMenu

Once you have defined some custom routes in a lazy extension module, you need some way for the administrator to access them. For this you will use the addNavMenuItem and addNavMenuSection functions.

Let’s add a new section to the Admin UI main nav bar containing a link to the “greeter” module from the Using Angular example:

// project/ui-extensions/greeter-shared.module.ts
import { NgModule } from '@angular/core';
import { SharedModule, addNavMenuSection } from '@vendure/admin-ui/core';

  imports: [SharedModule],
  providers: [
      id: 'greeter',
      label: 'My Extensions',
      items: [{
        id: 'greeter',
        label: 'Greeter',
        routerLink: ['/extensions/greet'],
        // Icon can be any of https://clarity.design/icons
        icon: 'cursor-hand-open',
    // Add this section before the "settings" section
export class GreeterSharedModule {}

Now we must also register this new module with the compiler:

// project/vendure-config.ts

ngModules: [
    type: 'lazy',
    route: 'greet',
    ngModuleFileName: 'greeter.module.ts',
    ngModuleName: 'GreeterModule',
    type: 'shared',
    ngModuleFileName: 'greeter-shared.module.ts',
    ngModuleName: 'GreeterSharedModule',

Running the server will compile our new shared module into the app, and the result should look like this:

Overriding existing items

It is also possible to override one of the default (built-in) nav menu sections or items. This can be useful for example if you wish to provide a completely different implementation of the product list view.

This is done by setting the id property to that of an existing nav menu section or item.

Adding new ActionBar buttons

It may not always make sense to navigate to your extension view from the main nav menu. For example, a “product reviews” extension that shows reviews for a particular product. In this case, you can add new buttons to the “ActionBar”, which is the horizontal section at the top of each screen containing the primary actions for that view. This is done using the addActionBarItem function.

Here’s an example of how this is done:

import { NgModule } from '@angular/core';
import { SharedModule, addActionBarItem } from '@vendure/admin-ui/core';

  imports: [SharedModule],
  providers: [
      id: 'product-reviews',
      label: 'Product reviews',
      locationId: 'product-detail',
      buttonStyle: 'outline',
      routerLink: route => {
          const id = route.snapshot.params.id;
          return ['./extensions/reviews', id];
      requiresPermission: 'SuperAdmin'
export class SharedExtensionModule {}

In each list or detail view in the app, the ActionBar has a unique locationId which is how the app knows in which view to place your button. The complete list of available locations into which you can add new ActionBar can be found in the ActionBarLocationId docs.