A compiling template engine with an XML-ish syntax

1.0.3 2014-05-25 10:53 UTC


The STE Template Engine (STE) is a template engine for the PHP programming language.

Get it via composer / packagist

Composer is a dependency manager and package manager for PHP. Using composer is the recommended way of installing STE.

Just put kch42/ste in your requirements (I suggest using the version 1.*) and execute composer install. Then include composer's autoloader and you can simply use all stuff in the \kch42\ste namespace without further requires or includes. Awesome!


PHP >= 5.3

Why should you use it?

  • It's syntax (inspired by Textpattern's template syntax) is very easy and similar to the syntax of (X)HTML. So it should be easy for designers to learn this system.
  • It has a simple, yet powerful plugin interface. You can easily define your own template functions / tags. It is even possible to write them in the template language itself, which makes it kind of a programming language...
  • It can transcompile templates into PHP.
  • You can use anonymous functions to define custom tags.


The docu directory contains the documentation of the template language. If you need the documentation of the php code / the API, you can create it with the mkdocu.sh script. You will need NaturalDocs for that.

There is also a mirror of the documentation here.