v0.0.3 2014-05-26 17:36 UTC


A simple PHP (5.3+) package to ease the process of displaying feedback to users of your website as they interact with it.

This package comes in handy when you want to provide some feedback to the user on the next page load, after they complete certain actions on your site. For example, a messaging confirming that they have successfully signed up, or deleted their account.


The easiest and best way to install the package is via Composer. Add the spanky/flasher package to your requirements, and composer install.

    "require": {
        "spanky/flasher": "dev-master"

Once the package has been installed, ensure the Composer autoloader is required before trying to use Flasher.

    require 'vendor/autoload.php';


To get up and running, first we need to make an instance of the Spanky\Flasher\FlasherManager class.

To do so, simply call the make() method on the Spanky\Flasher\Factory class.


use Spanky\Flasher\Factory as Flasher;

$flasher = Flasher::make();

If using the Spanky\Flasher\MessageStore\SessionMessageStore implementation (the default) to store messages between page loads, ensure that the session is started before initialising the package:


Setting messages

To set a message to be displayed on the next page load, call the addMessage() method, passing in the content of the message.

$flasher->addMessage('Welcome to the website!');

$flasher->addMessage('Congratulations, you are now signed up!', 'success');

$flasher->addMessage('Oh no, something went wrong!', 'error');

The first parameter is the content of the message you wish to be displayed to the user. This must be either a string, or an object implementing the __toString() method.

Notice how you can specify an optional string to denote the type of message being provided as either the second parameter of the addMessage() method.

If you wish, you can also add messages of a specific type in the following way:

$flasher->addSuccess('Congratulations, you are now signed up!');
// identical to $flasher->addMessage('Congratulations, you are now signed up!', 'success');

Displaying messages

When it comes to actually displaying the messages to the user, there are a few methods to help you do this with the most flexibility.

if ($flasher->hasMessages()) 
    echo '<ul>';
    foreach($flasher->getMessages() as $message) 
        echo '<li class="'.$message->getType().'">', $message, '</li>';
    echo '</ul>';

First, we check if there are any messages to display using the hasMessages() method, which returns either true or false depending on whether or not there are messages to show.

If there are messages, then we retrieve them by calling the getMessages method, which returns an instance of Spanky\Flasher\Collections\MessageCollection, containing Spanky\Flasher\FlashMessage objects representing the messages.

The type of a message can be retrieved by calling the getType() method on the object, and the actual content by calling the getContent() method, or casting the object to a string.

Displaying only messages of a certain type

To only check for, or display, messages of a certain type, pass the type string into the hasMessages() and getMessages() methods, like so:

if ($flasher->hasMessages('success')) 
    echo '<ul>';
    foreach($flasher->getMessages('success') as $message) 
        echo '<li class="'.$message->getType().'">', $message, '</li>';
    echo '</ul>';

Displaying only the first, or last message

In some instances, you might not want to display all the messages, but just the first, or last. You can do this easily, by using the first() or last() methods on the Spanky\Flasher\Collections\MessageCollection class.

if ($flasher->hasMessages('error')) 
    echo '<div class="error"><strong>', $flasher->getMessages('error')->first(), '</strong></div>';

Using with Laravel

If you're using this package with Laravel, then you can take advantage of the provided service provider and facade to skip the bootstrapping.

First, add Spanky\Flasher\Laravel\FlasherServiceProvider to the list of providers in your config.php file.

'providers' => array(

Next, add the following key/value pair to the list of aliases in the same file.

'aliases' => array(
    'Spanky\Flasher\Laravel\Flasher' => 'Flasher'

You are now free to use the package by statically calling method names of the Spanky\Flasher\FlasherManager class on the Flasher "facade" class:

Route::post('/login', function()
    // logic code here

    Flasher::addSuccess('You are now logged in!');
    return Redirect::to('dashboard');


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