A simple web application menu management package.

2.0.0 2016-02-01 05:34 UTC

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A simple menu manager.

There are a number of existing packages available that handle menus, but they all tend to be over-complicated for simple scenarios where all you want to do is define one or more menus.

This package allows you to define multiple menus via a manager, then add links across your project before rendering using a given presenter.


composer require iatstuti/simple-menu=~2.0

Basic usage


use Iatstuti\SimpleMenu\Manager;

$manager = new Manager();
$menu = $manager->init('main-menu');

$menu->link('Link label', 'http://example.com/link-label');
$menu->link('Another link', 'http://example.com/another-link');

$submenu = $manager->create('First sub menu')
$submenu->link('First sub menu link', 'http://example.com/first-sub-menu-link');
$submenu->link('Second sub menu link', 'http://example.com/second-sub-menu-link');


Menu options

If you are defining menu options at different times, you can define the sort order by passing the weight key/value pair as options to the link and subMenu methods. Your menu will automatically be sorted by the weights you define.

$menu->link('Third link', 'http://example.com/third-link', [ 'weight' => 10, ]);
$menu->link('Fourth link', 'http://example.com/fourth-link', [ 'weight' => 5, ]);

When rendered, Fourth Link will before ahead of Third Link and both will appear after Link label, Another link, and First sub menu as defined above. Sub menu items will also be sorted in a similar way.

Active menu item

There are two ways of marking an item as active; either via options, or by chaining the active method to a menu link.

// Via options
$menu->link('Active link', 'http://example.com/active-link', [ 'active' => true, 'class' => 'active', ]);

// Fluid interface
$menu->link('Active link', 'http://example.com/active-link')->active();

Menu presenters

The package ships with a default unordered list presenter.

Should you want to create your own, you may do so by implementing the Iatstuti\SimpleMenu\Presenters\MenuPresenter interface, providing a render method. The Menu object should be provided via the presenter's constructor.

This method ought to iterate over the items in your menu, recursively rendering any objects of type Menu and displaying any of type MenuItem directly.

If you want to use different presenter, pass the class path to the Menu::render() method.

print $menu->render();
  <li><a href="http://example.com/link-label" title="Link label">Link label</a></li>
  <li><a href="http://example.com/another-link" title="Another link">Another link</a></li>
  <li>First sub menu
      <li><a href="http://example.com/first-sub-menu-link" title="First sub menu link">First sub menu link</a></li>
      <li><a href="http://example.com/second-sub-menu-link" title="Second sub menu link">Second sub menu link</a></li>
  <li><a href="http://example.com/fourth-link" title="Fourth link">Fourth link</a></li>
  <li><a href="http://example.com/third-link" title="Third link">Third link</a></li>

Usage in Laravel

This package includes a service provider and facade, which can be used within the Laravel Framework. This is useful if you want to define a main menu in your main AppServiceProvider, but want to define additional menu items in other parts of your applications i.e. in different modules with their own service providers.

Note You must include the SimpleMenuServiceProvider before any other providers that may need to use the functionality.

First, add the service provider to your config/app.php providers array:

'providers' => [
    // ...

If you wish, you can then add the SimpleMenu facade to your aliases array:

'aliases' => [
    // ...

You can then register your first menu in your AppServiceProvider:

public function register()

You can define as many different menus as you need in your application; for example, you might also have a sidebar-navigation with its own menu items.

When adding items to your navigation menu, you'll need to do this in your provider's boot method:

class AnotherServiceProvider extends ServiceProvider
    public function boot()
        $menu = SimpleMenu::getMenu('main-navigation')
        $menu->link('First item', 'http://example.com/first-item');
        $menu->link('Second item', 'http://example.com/second-item');