Lightweight theme manager for CodeIgniter 4

v1.2.0 2021-05-26 16:00 UTC

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Last update: 2021-09-26 16:38:21 UTC


Lightweight theme manager for CodeIgniter 4

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Quick Start

  1. Install with Composer: > composer require tatter/themes
  2. Update the database: > php spark migrate -all
  3. Seed the database: > php spark db:seed \\Tatter\\Themes\\Database\\Seeds\\ThemeSeeder
  4. Place theme files in public/themes/default
  5. Add theme files to your page, e.g.: echo view('\Tatter\Themes\Views\css)


Provides convenient theme file organization and display 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/themes

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

You will also need to seed the database with a default theme:

  • > php spark db:seed "Tatter\Themes\Database\Seeds\ThemeSeeder"


The library comes with two CLI commands, themes:list and themes:add to help load themes into the database. The Settings library handles default theme settings, and allows users to select their own theme. Theme files all go into a directory relative to public/, as defined by a theme's path. E.g.

  • public/themes/default/styles.css
  • public/themes/default/script.js
  • public/themes/dark/header.css
  • public/themes/dark/fonts.css
  • public/themes/perky/Perky.CSS

Theme assets are loaded dynamically by outputting the corresponding view, typically in the head tag for CSS and the footer for JS. E.g.:

	<meta charset="utf-8">
	<title>My Site</title>
	<?= view('\Tatter\Themes\Views\css) ?>

The library checks the current theme setting then scans all files (including subdirectories) for assets of the corresponding type and outputs them in an appropriate tag.

Theme Settings

The library comes with some basic support for allowing users to select a theme. Load the helper to access the main function: helper('themes'). Then use one of the view files:

  • Tatter\Themes\Views\form for a ready-to-use theme dropdown.
  • Tatter\Themes\Views\select for a dropdown to include within your own form.

These views functions can take optional parameters for setting the class and other behavior:

  • class An optional class to apply to the select field
  • selected A theme option to preselect (defaults to the user's/current theme)
  • auto Whether the form should submit automatically on change (default: true)

For example, to add a Bootstrap-styled form to your user account page:

<h2>User Settings</h2>

<?= view('Tatter\Themes\Views\form', ['class' => 'custom-select', 'selected' => theme()->id]) ?>