Lightweight settings management for CodeIgniter 4

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Lightweight settings management for CodeIgniter 4

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Quick Start

  1. Install with Composer: > composer require tatter/settings
  2. Update the database: > php spark migrate -all
  3. Use spark to create templates: > php spark settings:add timezone user America/New_York
  4. Use the service to access user settings:
service('settings')->timezone = $_POST['timezone_preference'];
$userTimezone = service('settings')->timezone;


Provides ready-to-use settings management for CodeIgniter 4


Install easily via Composer to take advantage of CodeIgniter 4's autoloading capabilities and always be up-to-date:

  • > composer require tatter/settings

Or, install manually by downloading the source files and adding the directory to app/Config/Autoload.php.

Once the files are downloaded and included in the autoload, run any library migrations to ensure the database is setup correctly:

  • > php spark migrate -all


Once the library is included all the resources are ready to go and you are ready to start adding settings. You may import setting templates directly into the settings table or add them manually with the CLI command php spark settings:add.

Settings also comes with a database seeder for some recommended default templates. Run the seeder from the command line:

php spark db:seed "Tatter\Settings\Database\Seeds\SettingsSeeder"

This will add appropriately-scoped templates and default values for the following settings:

Name Description Data Type Default Value Protected
siteVersion Current version of this project string 1.0.0 Yes
brandName Brand name for this project string Brand Yes
brandLogo Brand logo for this project string /assets/images/logo.png Yes
orgName Your organization name string Organization Yes
orgLogo Your organization logo string /assets/images/logo.png Yes
orgUrl Your organization URL uri https://example.com Yes
orgAddress Your organization address string 4141 Postmark Dr Anchorage, AK Yes
orgPhone Your organization phone string (951) 262-3062 Yes
currencyUnit Currency format for number helper string USD Yes
currencyScale Conversion rate to the fractional monetary unit int 100 Yes
databaseTimezone Timezone for the database server(s string UTC Yes
serverTimezone Timezone for the web server(s) string UTC Yes
timezone Timezone for the user string America/New_York No
theme Site display theme int 1 No
perPage Number of items to show per page int 10 No

Warning: This list is subject to change between major versions.

Note that the seeder will not overwrite existing values so it is safe to re-run at any time. See also src/Database/Seeds/SettingsSeeder.php.

Setting Scope

Settings come in three modes: global, user, and dynamic.

  • Global settings are the same for every user and provide project owners to set application-wide values; set protected to 1
  • User settings start with a template value but each user may make their own value that persists across sessions; set protected to 0
  • Dynamic settings have no template but can be created and returned on-the-fly; they only persists for the current session.


Name Scope Content Notes Protected?
latestRelease Global 0.7.6 Git-style tag of latest code release 1
timezone User America/New_York Local timezone to use across the application 0
perPage User 10 Default number of items to show per page 0
jobsSearch Dynamic backend php User's most recent search term for jobs n/a
  • When you release a new version of your software:

    model('SettingModel')->where('name', 'latestRelease')->update(['content' => '1.2.3'); echo view('home', ['latestRelease' => service('settings')->latestRelease]);

  • When a user searches a list of jobs:

    $settings->jobsSearch = $_POST['searchTerm']; $data['jobs'] = $jobModel->paginate($settings->perPage);

Magic Config

Settings comes with a magic configuration file that allows direct access to template values. This is a convenient way to access the library in a traditional framework fashion:

$logo = config('Settings')->projectLogo;

Note that unlike the Service or Library values from the magic config are directly from the template default and are not affected by user overrides:

service('settings')->set('perPage', 20);

echo service('settings')->perPage; // 20
echo config('Settings')->perPage; // 10