Payload Collections are defined through configs of their own, and you can define as many as your application needs. Each Collection will scaffold a new collection automatically in your database of choice, based on fields that you define.
It's often best practice to write your Collections in separate files and then import them into the main Payload config.
|Unique, URL-friendly string that will act as an identifier for this Collection.|
|Array of field types that will determine the structure and functionality of the data stored within this Collection. Click here for a full list of field types as well as how to configure them.|
|Singular and plural labels for use in identifying this Collection throughout Payload. Auto-generated from slug if not defined.|
|Admin-specific configuration. See below for more detail.|
|Entry points to "tie in" to Collection actions at specific points. More|
|Provide access control functions to define exactly who should be able to do what with Documents in this Collection. More|
|Specify options if you would like this Collection to feature authentication. For more, consult the Authentication documentation.|
|Specify options if you would like this Collection to support file uploads. For more, consult the Uploads documentation.|
|Set to false to disable documents' automatically generated |
|Set to true to enable default options, or configure with object properties. More|
|Add custom routes to the REST API. Set to |
|An object with |
|An object with property |
|Pass a top-level field to sort by default in the collection List view. Prefix the name of the field with a minus symbol ("-") to sort in descending order.|
|Extension point for adding custom data (e.g. for plugins)|
* An asterisk denotes that a property is required.
You can find an assortment of example collection configs in the Public Demo source code on GitHub.
You can customize the way that the Admin panel behaves on a collection-by-collection basis by defining the
property on a collection's config.
|Text used as a label for grouping collection and global links together in the navigation.|
|Set to true or a function, called with the current user, returning true to exclude this collection from navigation and admin routing.|
|Admin-specific hooks for this collection. More|
|Specify a top-level field to use for a document title throughout the Admin panel. If no field is defined, the ID of the document is used as the title.|
|Text or React component to display below the Collection label in the List view to give editors more information.|
|Array of field names that correspond to which columns to show by default in this collection's List view.|
|Disables the "Duplicate" button while editing documents within this collection.|
|Hides the "API URL" meta field while editing documents within this collection.|
|The Rich Text field features a |
|The Rich Text field features a |
|Function to generate preview URLS within the Admin panel that can point to your app. More.|
|Enable real-time editing for instant visual feedback of your front-end application. More.|
|Swap in your own React components to be used within this collection. More|
|Specify which fields should be searched in the List search view. More|
|Set pagination-specific options for this collection. More|
admin options can accept a
preview function that will be used to generate a link pointing to the frontend
of your app to preview data.
If the function is specified, a Preview button will automatically appear in the corresponding collection's Edit view. Clicking the Preview button will link to the URL that is generated by the function.
The preview function accepts two arguments:
tokenis the currently logged-in user's JWT.
Example collection with preview function:
Here are a few options that you can specify options for pagination on a collection-by-collection basis:
|Integer that specifies the default per-page limit that should be used. Defaults to 10.|
|Provide an array of integers to use as per-page options for admins to choose from in the List view.|
You can specify extremely granular access control (what users can do with documents in a collection) on a collection by collection basis. To learn more, go to the Access Control docs.
Hooks are a powerful way to extend collection functionality and execute your own logic, and can be defined on a collection by collection basis. To learn more, go to the Hooks documentation.
Collections support all field types that Payload has to offer—including simple fields like text and checkboxes all the way to more complicated layout-building field groups like Blocks. Click here to learn more about field types.
In the List view, there is a "search" box that allows you to quickly find a document with a search. By default, it
searches on the ID field. If you have
admin.useAsTitle defined, the list search will use that field. However, you can
define more than one field to search to make it easier on your admin editors to find the data they need.
For example, let's say you have a Posts collection with
tags fields - and you want all
three of those fields to be searchable in the List view. You can simply
admin.listSearchableFields: ['title', 'metaDescription', 'tags'] - and the admin UI will automatically search on
those three fields plus the ID field.
In addition to collection hooks themselves, Payload provides for admin UI-specific hooks that you can leverage.
beforeDuplicate hook is an async function that accepts an object containing the data to duplicate, as well as the
locale of the doc to duplicate. Within this hook, you can modify the data to be duplicated, which is useful in cases
where you have unique fields that need to be incremented or similar, as well as if you want to automatically modify a
You can import collection types as follows: