Zend Framework 2 Module that provides a Smarty rendering strategy

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1.0.0 2015-10-10 12:54 UTC


GkSmarty is a module for integrating the Smarty template engine with Zend Framework 2.

Installation with Composer

Installing via Composer is the only supported method.

  1. Add "gkralik/gk-smarty": "^1.0.0" to your composer.json file and run php composer.phar update.
  2. Add GkSmarty to your application's config/application.config.php file under the modules key.


For information on configuring GkSmarty, refer to the module config file.

There is also a sample configuration file with all available configuration options.

You can set options for the Smarty engine under the smarty_options configuration key (eg force_compile, etc).

Pay attention to the compile_dir and cache_dir keys. Smarty needs write access to the directories specified there.


Using ZF2 View Helpers

Using view helpers of ZF2 is supported. Just call the view helper as you would do in a PHTML template:



View helpers that need access to the renderer

ZF2 has some issues with supporting multiple renderers with view helpers. GkSmarty uses it's own HelperPluginManager to work around this issue. The default plugin manager from ZF2 is added as a peering manager to ease using view helpers that do not required access to the renderer. This means

You must register view helpers that require a renderer with GkSmarty's helper manager. Refer to module.config.php for an example. Some defaults have been taken care of for you (see HelperPluginManager for details).


Thanks to ZfcTwig for an excellent example on how to integrate templating engines with ZF2 and for finding a workaround for view helpers that need access to the renderer (see above).