Composer package for implementing MDB in Yii2.

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Composer package for implementing FezVrasta's new bootstrap material design (MDB 6) in Yii2 https://github.com/mdbootstrap/mdb-ui-kit


The preferred way of installation is through Composer.

composer require exocet/yii2-bootstrap-material-design


To load the MDB CSS and JS files integrate the MaterialAsset into your app. Two ways to achieve this is to register the asset in the main layout:

// @app/views/layouts/main.php

\exocet\bootstrap5md\MaterialAsset::register($this); // include css and js
\exocet\bootstrap5md\FontawesomeAsset::register($this); // include icons (optional)
// further code

or as a dependency in your app wide AppAsset.php

// @app/assets/AppAsset.php

public $depends = [
    // include mdb assets
    // include Fontawesome icons (optional)

    // include material icons (optional)
    // more dependencies

In order for it to work properly, the files must be patched to accept the settings in the same way as the original Bootstrap does. So we have to add this in our composer.json so that it is always done automatically.

    "scripts": {
        "post-install-cmd": [
            "@composer run-script post-install-cmd --working-dir=vendor/exocet/yii2-bootstrap-material-design"
        "post-update-cmd": [
            "@composer run-script post-update-cmd --working-dir=vendor/exocet/yii2-bootstrap-material-design"


This add-on extends Bootstrap 5 by replacing dependencies with MDB dependencies and corrects the way html is generated in certain components to make them the way they are used with MDB.

For this we must overwrite the original AssetBundle as follows

// @app/config/web.php
'components' => [
    'assetManager' => [
        'bundles' => [
            'yii\bootstrap5\BootstrapAsset' => [
                'class' => \exocet\bootstrap5md\BootstrapAsset::class,
            'yii\bootstrap5\BootstrapPluginAsset' => [
                'class' => \exocet\bootstrap5md\BootstrapPluginAsset::class,

It is probably best to use it in combination with https://github.com/kartik-v/yii2-widgets

Gii support

If you are creating your CRUD controller and view files using Gii you can get materialized view files by integrating the adapted Gii templates.

// @app/config/main-local.php

$config['modules']['gii'] = [
    'class' => 'yii\gii\Module',      
    'allowedIPs' => ['', '::1'],  
    'generators' => [
        'crud' => [
            'class' => 'yii\gii\generators\crud\Generator',
            'templates' => [
                'material-bootstrap' => '@vendor/exocet/yii2-bootstrap-material-design/src/generators/crud',

You can copy those templates to any location you wish for further customization. Make sure you adapt the path accordingly in your config.