Capturing GridView widget output/html in model

Hello everyone, is there any way or even a workaround to capture the output generated by the GridView widget. I am composing an email that has a table and thought that maybe I could compose it by simply using the html created by the widget itself.

I am getting php[yii\base\InvalidConfigException] Unable to determine the request URI. upon testing. I suppose this is happening because I do not have a base view associated.

Without seeing your code it is going to be very hard for anyone to help you.

I’ve never had to do what you are trying to acheive, but you should be able to assign the widget to a variable and use it within your HTMLBody

$html = GridView::widget([...]);

but that obviously means you have to setup a dataProvider at a minimum.

Interesting question though.

This would be the code. As you can see I am trying to get the output of the GridView widget, found it rather convenient, however I am not getting anything. Do widgets need a view in order to render the html



public function actionNotify()
    $clients = Clients::getPossibleCandidates();

    foreach ($clients->each() as $client) {


public function notify () 
        ->compose('alert', ['message' => $this->message])
        ->setFrom(['' => 'Test'])

    return $this->setNotified();

public function getMessage()
    return GridView::widget([
        'dataProvider' => new ActiveDataProvider(['query' => $this->getUnpaidServices()]),
        'tableOptions' => ['class' => 'table table-striped table-hover table-borderless'],
        'columns' => [

As is, what are you getting as a Response from the call?


return a proper query?

I’ll try to use it myself, see if I can get it to work.

Okay, I was indeed able to do it without much issue, but then the problem becomes although the Gridview code is generated and e-mailed, you don’t have the CSS to style it as it normally appears.

To get it to work in the Controller, don’t forget you need to add

use yii\grid\GridView;

Then I simply did

$searchModel = new LstCitiesSearch();
$dataProvider = $searchModel->search(Yii::$app->request->queryParams);
$html = GridView::widget([
	'id' => 'grid',
	'dataProvider' => $dataProvider,
	'columns' => [
		['class' => 'yii\grid\SerialColumn'],
			'label' => 'Country',
$message = Yii::$app->mailer->compose();
		->setSubject('Yii2 Email Test')

and, for this to work at all, obviously your mailer has to be setup properly in your config.

Sorry for late resposnse, managed that solution did not seem to adapt to my situation, the thing is that I already have my mailer setup, as in, the ‘message’ param in the compose argument is actually some part of the content of the email, more specifically the table I am trying to render. The view I am providing is actually a template slug that receives the html table through a message. Managed to find a workaround, in order to render a table in a model or controller you can do:

 return preg_replace('/<\/?div[^>]*\>/i', '',
                'filterUrl' => '/', //necesary  for the gridview to work
                'layout' => '{items}{pager}',
                'dataProvider' => new ActiveDataProvider([
                    'sort' => false,
                    'pagination' => false,
                    'query' => $this->getUnpaidServices(),
                'tableOptions' => [
                    'class' => 'table table-striped table-bordered',
                    'style' => 'background-color: white;',
                'columns' => [
                 //your columns