Rich Text

Category: Widgets
Subcategory: Input widgets


Your powerful, rich text editor. Create rich formatted text with HTML output. User interface options for inline bubble toolbar on text selection or a top toolbar. With an option to customize the formatting options in the toolbar.


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Rich Text

Rich inline or toolbar text editing


  • Format selected text
  • HTML output of formatted text
  • Show editor options either on a toolbar or as a bubble
  • Use the custom option to select which editing options you want to show
  • Input and display text is sanitized.

Keyboard shortcuts

  • Ctrl + B: Bold
  • Ctrl + I: Italic
  • Ctrl + U: Underline
  • Ctrl + Z: Undo
  • Ctrl + Y: Redo
  • Ctrl + C: Copy
  • Ctrl + V: Paste
  • -, space : start list
  • tab: indents the content when tab key is configured to indent from the widget xml else it will move focus to next element


Mendix 7.13.1

Test project Running rich text toolbar widget Running rich text bubble widget


Place the widget in a data view, list view or template grid with a data source that has a string attribute and select the 'Value attribute' that contains the editable text.

HTML content

Please note, that the input and output is sanitized. All unsupported HTML tags and JavaScript is removed for security reasons. Supports:

  • Tags: h1, h2, h3, h4, h5, h6, p, br, a, ul, li, ol, s, u, em, pre, strong, blockquote, span
  • Attributes:
    • for all tags: class, style
    • a tag: href, name, target
  • Schemes: http, https, ftp, mailto

Please note: To be fully secure, all user HTML input should be sanitized on the server side too. This could be done with the XSSSanitize action found in the Community Commons When the option 'Sanitize content' is set to 'false' server side sanitating is required before showing any HTML content.

Issues, suggestions and feature requests

We are actively maintaining this widget, please report any issues or suggestion for improvement at


Prerequisite: Install git, node package manager, webpack CLI, grunt CLI, Karma CLI

To contribute, fork and clone.

> git clone

The code is in typescript. Use a typescript IDE of your choice, like Visual Studio Code or WebStorm.

To set up the development environment, run:

> npm install

Create a folder named dist in the project root.

Create a Mendix test project in the dist folder and rename its root folder to dist/MxTestProject. Changes to the widget code shall be automatically pushed to this test project. Or get the test project from

To automatically compile, bundle and push code changes to the running test project, run:

> grunt

To run the project unit tests with code coverage, results can be found at dist/testresults/coverage/index.html, run:

> npm test

or run the test continuously during development:

> karma start


Version: 1.3.9
Framework Version: 7.13.1
Release Notes: ## Changed - We changed the behavior of Rich Text that could steal the focus while updating the content.
Version: 1.3.8
Framework Version: 7.13.1
Release Notes: - We improved security of the widget to comply with latest exploits
Version: 1.3.5
Framework Version: 7.13.1
Release Notes: We fixed a problem with multi-lines when pressing enter
Version: 1.3.4
Framework Version: 7.13.1
Release Notes: - Now we improved support for iOS (iPad & iPhone) now the focus will be accepted in the first touch (Fixes Mendix Support Issue #85154).
Version: 1.3.3
Framework Version: 7.13.1
Release Notes: The editor will no longer throw an error when used in read-only mode inside a list view on IE11 (Resolves GitHub Issue #28, Support ticket #79234)