A library that facilitates tracking and displaying events

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Events displays a grid-view that mimics a calendar for years and months.

Events is designed to respond as quickly and directly as possible to a single request.


composer require 8fold/php-events


We have divided 8fold Events between content (Data) and user interface (UI).

This means you can develope your own UI and access the data using the provided flat-file objects to query and retrieve the data; using the Events class.

You can also use the grid-based UI via the Grid class and provide your own CSS and JavaScript.

Or, you can use the CSS and JavaScript provided in the dist folder. The implmentations used to generate both are avaialble in the sass and javascript folders, respectively.

Content only


For optimal performance, start with the Events class, which acts as a container for cached instances representing files. These files are lazy-loaded.

UI (with content)

You can display a month (common) or year view.

The unfold method queries and renders the content.

For the month view:


Or, for the year view:


For the base route or page (/events), we recommend you redirect your users to either a month or year view. The Events class has convenience methods to find the next or previous month or year with events; alternatively, and the fastest method, would be to redirect the use to the current month for the current year or just the current year.

The month view will provide a link to the next and previous months with events, regardless of year. The year view, will display each month with the number of events during that month; the view will also provide links to the next or previous years with events along.

Content folder structure

8fold Events depends on a specific folder structure for the data side. The root folder can be anywhere you want, as long as PHP can reach that folder:

└── root/
    └── {year}/
        └── {two-digit month}/
            ├── {two-digit day}.event
            └── {two-digit day}_{1-n}.event

Production example:

└── root/
    └── 2020/
        └── 01/
            ├── 01.event
            ├── 02.event
            ├── 02_2.event
            ├── 03_1.event
            └── 03_2.event

Each day is represented by one or more .event files, which are plain-text, markdown files. For days with more than one event, you can add a suffix to the file name starting with an underscore and the order in which they should appear in the modal popover; having a suffix of _1 is optional.