Editing a product

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To finalize the CRUD we will create a product edit form. Let's see how this can be extremely similar to the product creation form.

This class is a direct continuation of the previous class

If you hopped directly into this page it might be confusing because it is a direct continuation of the code from the previous lesson. If you want to skip the previous lesson and start straight with this one, you can clone the initial version for this lesson using the command git clone --branch deleting-data- done.

#Back to Context

Let's go back to our lib/super_store/catalog.ex and add a new function:

defmodule SuperStore.Catalog do
  # ...

  def update_product(%Product{} = product, attrs) do
    |> Product.changeset(attrs)
    |> Repo.update()

Unlike create_product/1 which only receives the attributes, to update a product we need the original data to be able to apply the changes. Our function Catalog.update_product/2 receives the original struct and the modifications, applies the changeset, and using the function Repo.update/2 returns {:ok, %Product{}} or {: error, %Ecto.Changeset{}}.

#Testing on iex

Using Interactive Elixir we can get the last product with product = SuperStore.Catalog.list_products() |> List.last and update it using SuperStore.Catalog.update_product(product, %{name: "Edited"}):

$ iex -S mix

[info] Migrations already up
Erlang/OTP 26 [erts-14.2.2] [source] [64-bit] [smp:10:10] [ds:10:10:10] [async-threads:1] [jit]

Interactive Elixir (1.16.1) - press Ctrl+C to exit (type h() ENTER for help)

iex(1)> product = SuperStore.Catalog.list_products() |> List.last

[debug] QUERY OK source="products" db=0.0ms idle=823.0ms
SELECT p0."id", p0."name", p0."description" FROM "products" AS p0 []
 :elixir.eval_external_handler/3, at: src/elixir.erl:405

  __meta__: #Ecto.Schema.Metadata<:loaded, "products">,
  id: 7,
  name: "asda",
  description: "asd"

iex(2)> SuperStore.Catalog.update_product(product, %{name: "Edited"})

[debug] QUERY OK source="products" db=0.7ms idle=539.3ms
UPDATE "products" SET "name" = ? WHERE "id" = ? ["Edited", 7]
 :elixir.eval_external_handler/3, at: src/elixir.erl:405

   __meta__: #Ecto.Schema.Metadata<:loaded, "products">,
   id: 7,
   name: "Edited",
   description: "asd"

Note that in the second argument we only pass the name. Our changeset necessarily requires a description however, as the original product already has a description, this validation passes.

#Making our LiveView

Let's write the LiveView code step-by-step so that we can see the similarities with ProductLive.Create. In the folder lib/super_store_web/live/product_live/ create a file edit.ex.


defmodule SuperStoreWeb.ProductLive.Edit do
  use SuperStoreWeb, :live_view
  alias SuperStore.Catalog
  alias SuperStore.Catalog.Product

The first step is to create the module and use SuperStoreWeb, :live_view. We then add two useful aliases for what comes next.

#The mount/3

def mount(%{"id" => id}, _session, socket) do
  product = Catalog.get_product!(id)

  form =
    |> to_form()

  {:ok, assign(socket, form: form, product: product)}

In our mount/3 function we receive the id of the product as a parameter. Soon we will define this on the router as live "/products/:id/edit", ProductLive.Edit, :edit so we can guarantee that there will be this id.

The next step is to use product = Catalog.get_product!(id) to retrieve the product by id. It is worth remembering that if there is no product with this id a 404 error will be automatically generated as we saw in previous classes.

We define our form as a changeset that receives the original product. In the creation form we used Product.changeset(%Product{}), that is, the empty product because at that moment there is no product. As we are working with editing, all our changesets will receive the product being edited.

Also note that in assign we pass product. We will use this assignment not only in our HEEx but also in other events.

#The validation event

def handle_event("validate_product", %{"product" => product_params}, socket) do
  form =
    Product.changeset(socket.assigns.product, product_params)
    |> Map.put(:action, :validate)
    |> to_form()

  {:noreply, assign(socket, form: form)}

The validation event is a copy of the creation form except that Product.changeset/2 receives at the first argument, instead of %Product{} (the empty product), socket.assigns.product which contains the value of the product being edited.

#The save event

def handle_event("save_product", %{"product" => product_params}, socket) do
  socket =
    case Catalog.update_product(socket.assigns.product, product_params) do
      {:ok, %Product{} = product} ->
        put_flash(socket, :info, "Product ID #{} updated!")

      {:error, %Ecto.Changeset{} = changeset} ->
        form = to_form(changeset)

        |> assign(form: form)
        |> put_flash(:error, "Invalid data!")

  {:noreply, socket}

Once again our event is a copy of the create product event. We renamed the event to "save_product" to make sense with this form and changed the main function in case to Catalog.update_product/2 passing socket.assign.product once again. We also modified put_flash/2 to a message that makes more sense for this case.

#The render/1

def render(assigns) do
    Editing Product <%= %>
    <:subtitle>Use this form to edit product records in your database.</:subtitle>

  <div class="bg-grey-100">
      class="flex flex-col max-w-96 mx-auto bg-gray-100 p-24"
      <h1>Editing a product</h1>
      <.input field={@form[:name]} placeholder="Name" />
      <.input field={@form[:description]} placeholder="Description" />

      <.button type="submit">Send</.button>

  <.back navigate={~p"/products/#{@product}"}>Back to product</.back>

In this part we only modified the texts and the name of the phx-submit binding event. There were no functional changes except that the <.back> component link now returns to the product view page.

#Updating the router

Open your router file and add the route live "/products/:id/edit", ProductLive.Edit, :edit. Your router should currently look like this:

# ...
scope "/", SuperStoreWeb do
  pipe_through :browser

  live "/", ProductLive.Index, :index
  live "/products/new", ProductLive.New, :new
  live "/products/:id", ProductLive.Show, :show
  live "/products/:id/edit", ProductLive.Edit, :edit
# ...

We have a page, but our users don't know about it. Open your ProductLive.Show and update just the <.header> component to add this <:actions>:

  Product <%= %>
  <:subtitle>This is a product record from your database.</:subtitle>
    <.link patch={~p"/products/#{@product}/edit"}>
      <.button>Edit event</.button>

#Final code

Done! Our application has a complete CRUD. There are still some things that can be improved and we will look at this in another section of this course but if you have followed the course so far you already have enough knowledge to get by creating your next CRUD!

If you had any issues you can see the final code for this lesson using git checkout editing-data-done or cloning it in another folder using git clone --branch editing-data-done.


  • Using Repo.update/2 we can update a product by passing a changeset.
  • An edit form LiveView can be extremely similar to one for creating data.
  • You already know how to do a complete CRUD in LiveView 😉.


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