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Zend Framework 2 Module that aims to replace Zend\Navigation

1.0.4 2014-02-11 19:35 UTC

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SpiffyNavigation is a navigation module for ZF2 intended to be a replacement for Zend\Navigation when ZF3 is able to break BC.

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Installation of SpiffyNavigation uses composer. For composer documentation, please refer to getcomposer.org.

Installation steps

  1. cd my/project/directory

  2. create a composer.json file with following contents:

        "require": {
            "spiffy/spiffy-navigation": "dev-master"
  3. install composer via curl -s http://getcomposer.org/installer | php (on windows, download http://getcomposer.org/installer and execute it with PHP)

  4. run php composer.phar install

  5. open my/project/directory/configs/application.config.php and add the following key to your modules:



Providers let you create your navigation containers from various sources. The following providers are included out of the box:

  • array: builds a container from an array.
  • config: builds a container from a file using Zend\Config.
  • json: builds a container from a json string.

Creating containers

Creating navigation containers is done via the module configuration using the spiffy_navigation key. The containers array can take two types of values: a string and an array. If you pass a string the container will be created from a provider matching the name if it exists, pulled from the service manager or instantiated directly. If you pass an array the container is built using the ContainerFactory::create() method.


// module.config.php
return array(
    'spiffy_navigation' => array(
        'containers' => array(
            'default' => array(
                    'options' => array(
                        'uri' => 'http://www.github.com',
                    'attributes' => array(
                        'class'  => 'foo',
                        'target' => '_blank',
                        'name'   => 'github'
                    'options' => array(
                        'label' => 'Home',
                        'route' => 'home',
                    'attributes' => array(
                        'name' => 'Home'
                    'pages' => array(
                        // ...

            'serviceManager' => 'My\ServiceManager\Alias',

            'class' => 'My\Class\Instantiation',

            'json_provider' => 'mynav',

        'providers' => array(
            'mynav' => array(
                'type' => 'json',
                'options' => array(
                    'json' => file_get_contents(__DIR__ . '/navigation/mynav.json')

Page options

  • label: The label for the element in view helpers.
  • anchor: An optional anchor to append to the uri.
  • route: The route to use for assembling the uri.
  • uri: The direct uri to use (use instead of route).
  • params: Optional params to include during route assembly.
  • query_params: Optional params to include in the query string during assembly.

Rbac specific options

  • role: required The role to use to determine if access is granted.
  • permission: required The permission to use to determine if access is granted.
  • assertion: The assertion to use to determine if access is granted.

Using the view helpers

Once you have created a container using a view helper is as simple as putting:


echo $this->helperName('containerName');


Quick Start


// in view script
echo $this->navigationMenu('containerName');

// or

echo $this->navigationMenu()->renderMenu('containerName', $options);

// or

echo $this->navigationMenu()->renderPartial('containerName', 'partialName');


  • ulClass: The class to use when generating the ul.
  • minDepth: Minimum render depth.
  • maxDepth: Maximum render depth.
  • activeClass: Active class to use for the active element.