All Magento programmers are familiar with the task of adding more columns with custom data to the Magento base grid. Here, we are going to learn how to add columns to grid by joining tables. These custom columns will render data from a custom joined table. This blog will show you how to do it and give you an explanation of how it works.

In this blog, we will create a custom table whose data will be added to the customer listing grid.

Assuming that we all know how to create a basic module, so let’s just get started with three simple steps to add another column to the Magento customer grid.

Step 1: Create a table

In order to show whichever data we want, we’ll store it in our own table. Here, we’ll simply call it magenest_custom_column  with only two columns, id and value.

           'identity' => true,
           'nullable' => false,
           'primary' => true,
           'unsigned' => true,
       'Increment ID'
       ['nullable => false'],
       'Custom Column Value'
   ->setComment('Custom Column Table');

Step 2: Join our table with our wishlist table

As we already know, listing grid display data from table, which is why in order to add our column(s) we must join two tables with each other.

How to do it, you may ask. A simple plugin file will do the trick.

<type name="Magento\Framework\View\Element\UiComponent\DataProvider\CollectionFactory">
   <plugin name="grid_custom_column" type="Magenest\Grids\Plugin\GridJoinCollection" sortOrder="5" />

Before getting to know what this plugin does, we’ll take a quick peek at what getReport function does inside CollectionFactory class.

* Get report collection
* @param string $requestName
* @return Collection
* @throws \Exception
public function getReport($requestName)
   if (!isset($this->collections[$requestName])) {
       throw new \Exception(sprintf('Not registered handle %s', $requestName));
   $collection = $this->objectManager->create($this->collections[$requestName]);
   if (!$collection instanceof Collection) {
       throw new \Exception(sprintf('%s is not of Collection type.', $requestName));
   return $collection;

As we can see here, this function takes in a $requestName as a parameter and return collection of given request. Consequently, we’ll modify this function so that it will join the table based on given table requested.

public function afterGetReport(
   CollectionFactory $subject,
) {
   if($requestName == 'customer_listing_data_source')
       $select = $collection->getSelect();
           ["secondTable" => $collection->getTable("magenest_custom_column")],
           'main_table.entity_id =',
   return $collection;

Step 3: Add column using ui_component

After all the hard work, the last thing we need to do now is to add our column to the grid. Based on whichever grid you want, you can add your custom column just by creating a UI component file with the exact same name as a grid file. Particularly, to execute this, we only need to place these ui component files inside our module view/adminhtml/ui_component folder:

Customer grid will be written under the file customer_listing.xml:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<listing xmlns:xsi="" xsi:noNamespaceSchemaLocation="urn:magento:module:Magento_Ui:etc/ui_configuration.xsd">
   <columns name="customer_columns" class="Magento\Customer\Ui\Component\Listing\Columns">
       <column name="value">
           <argument name="data" xsi:type="array">
               <item name="config" xsi:type="array">
                   <item name="sortOrder" xsi:type="number">999</item>
                   <item name="filter" xsi:type="string">text</item>
                   <item name="label" translate="true" xsi:type="string">Customer Custom Column</item>

After that, clear cache and go to the admin site and see the magic for yourself. The result should look something like this.

Add a custom column in customer grid in Magento 2 backend

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Among various ways to add a custom column to the Magento customer grid, this blog shows you the simple and easy-to-understand one, even for beginners. Hope those codes run well for your website. If any problem occurs, feel free to tell us in the comment.