Angular Data Grid: Scrolling Performance
The grid is fast. However, the grid can also be configured and extended in many ways. This page explains how you can make the grid go faster.
The grid can be as fast as demonstrated in the demo application Demo Application. You can resize the demo application to the same size as the grid in your application by resizing the browser, then navigate around the grid (scroll, filter etc) and see how fast the demo grid is compared to your own implementation. If the demo grid is going faster, then there is room for performance improvements.
The grid can be slowed down by custom Cell Renderers. To test this, remove all Cell Renderers from the grid and compare the speed again. If the grid does improve it's speed by removing Cell Renderers, introduce the Cell Renderers one by one to find out which ones are adding the most overhead.
The grid's rendering uses AG Grid's own internal rendering engine which does not use Angular. As such, each time an Angular Cell Renderer is used, the grid switches context into an Angular application. This context switching can be time consuming when done multiple times (i.e. each cell).
Ask the question, do you really need the Cell Renderer?
If you are only manipulating the value rather than creating complex DOM, would a Value Getter or Value Formatter achieve what you want instead? Value Getters and Value Formatters do not result in more DOM.
Auto Height Rows is a great feature that we love. However it also creates more complex DOM inside each Cell.
If you are looking for ways to squeeze performance, consider turning this feature off. As with all suggestions here, it is paramount you profile your own application with this suggestion to see how much of a difference it makes and if the trade off is worth it for your application.
Row Animation and Column Animation make for a great user experience. However not all browsers are as good at animations as others. Consider checking the client's browser and turning off row and column animation for slower browsers.
rowBuffer property sets the number of rows the grid renders outside of the viewable area. The default is 10. For example, if your grid is showing 50 rows (as that's all the fits on your screen without scrolling), then the grid will actually render 70 in total (10 extra above and 10 extra below). Then when you scroll the grid will already have 10 rows ready waiting to show so the user will not see a redraw (not all browsers show the redraw, only the slower ones).
Setting a low row buffer will make initial draws of the grid faster (eg when data is first loaded, or after filtering, grouping etc). Setting a high row buffer will reduce the redraw visible vertically scrolling.
The grid works fastest on Google Chrome. If you can, tell your users.
This includes Microsoft Edge, which is now powered by Chrome.
By default, there is no debouncing of the vertical scroll. However on slow browsers, especially IE, depending on your application, you may wish to debounce the vertical scroll.
To debounce the vertical scroll, set grid property
The example below demonstrates debouncing of the vertical scroll.
- Scrolling Performance
- React Dev vs Prod Mode
- Setting Expectations
- Check Cell Renderers
- If Possible, Avoid Cell Renderers
- Avoid Auto Height
- Turn Off Animations
- Configure Row Buffer
- Use Chrome (or Chrome Powered Browser)
- Understand Data Updates
- Debounce Vertical Scroll