Handy library to generate HTML

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The package provides:

  • tag classes A, Br, Button, Div, Img, Input (and specialized Checkbox, Radio), Label, Li, Link, Meta, Ol, Optgroup, Option, P, Script, Select, Span, Style, Textarea, Ul, Table, Caption, Colgroup, Col, Thead, Tbody, Tfoot, Tr, Th, Td;
  • CustomTag class that helps to generate custom tag with any attributes;
  • HTML widgets CheckboxList and RadioList;
  • Html helper that has static methods to generate HTML, create tag and HTML widget objects.


  • PHP 7.4 or higher.


composer require yiisoft/html --prefer-dist

General usage


use Yiisoft\Html\Html;
use Yiisoft\Html\Tag\Meta;


<?= Meta::pragmaDirective('X-UA-Compatible', 'IE=edge') ?>
<?= Meta::data('viewport', 'width=device-width, initial-scale=1') ?>

<?= Html::cssFile(
        'integrity' => 'sha384-ggOyR0iXCbMQv3Xipma34MD+dH/1fQ784/j6cY/iJTQUOhcWr7x9JvoRxT2MZw1T',
        'crossorigin' => 'anonymous'
) ?>
<?= Html::cssFile('/css/site.css', ['rel' => 'stylesheet']) ?>

<?= Html::openTag('footer', ['class' => 'footer']) ?>
    <?= Html::openTag('div', ['class' => 'container flex-fill']) ?>
        <?= Html::p('', ['class' => 'float-left']) ?>
        <?= Html::p()->class('float-right')->content(
                'Powered by ',
                    'Yii Framework',
                    ['rel' => 'external']
            ) ?>
    <?= Html::closeTag('div') ?>
<?= Html::closeTag('footer') ?>

Tag objects usage

Tag classes allow working with a tag as an object and then get an HTML code by using render() method or type casting to string. For example, the following code:

echo \Yiisoft\Html\Tag\Div::tag()
            ->content('contact us')

... will generate the following HTML:

<div id="ContactEmail" class="red"><a href="mailto:info@example.com">contact us</a></div>

Generating custom tags

To generate custom tags, use the CustomTag class. For example, the following code:

echo \Yiisoft\Html\Tag\CustomTag::name('b')
    ->attribute('title', 'Important');

... will generate the following HTML:

<b title="Important">text</b>

HTML widgets usage

There are multiple widgets that do not directly represent any HTML tag, but a set of tags. These help to express complex HTML in simple PHP.


Represents a list of checkboxes.

echo \Yiisoft\Html\Widget\CheckboxList\CheckboxList::create('count')
	->items([1 => 'One', 2 => 'Two', 5 => 'Five'])
	->value(2, 5)
	->containerAttributes(['id' => 'main']);

Result will be:

<input type="hidden" name="count" value="0">
<div id="main">
<label><input type="checkbox" name="count[]" value="1"> One</label>
<label><input type="checkbox" name="count[]" value="2" checked> Two</label>
<label><input type="checkbox" name="count[]" value="5" checked> Five</label>


Represents a list of radio buttons.

echo \Yiisoft\Html\Widget\RadioList\RadioList::create('count')
    ->items([1 => 'One', 2 => 'Two', 5 => 'Five'])
    ->containerAttributes(['id' => 'main'])

Result will be:

<input type="hidden" name="test" value="0">
<div id="main">
<label><input type="radio" name="test" value="1"> One</label>
<label><input type="radio" name="test" value="2" checked> Two</label>
<label><input type="radio" name="test" value="5"> Five</label>

Html helper usage

Html helper methods are static so usage is:

echo \Yiisoft\Html\Html::a('Yii Framework', 'https://www.yiiframework.com/');

Overall the helper has the following method groups.

Creating tag objects

Custom tags

  • tag
  • normalTag
  • voidTag

Base tags

  • div
  • img
  • meta
  • p
  • br
  • script
  • span
  • style

List tags

  • ul
  • ol
  • li

Hyperlink tags

  • a
  • mailto

Link tags

  • link
  • cssFile
  • javaScriptFile

Form tags

  • button
  • buttonInput
  • checkbox
  • fileInput
  • hiddenInput
  • input
  • label
  • optgroup
  • option
  • passwordInput
  • radio
  • resetButton
  • resetInput
  • select
  • submitButton
  • submitInput
  • textInput
  • textarea

Table tags

  • table
  • caption
  • colgroup
  • col
  • thead
  • tbody
  • tfoot
  • tr
  • th
  • td

Generating tag parts

  • openTag
  • closeTag
  • renderTagAttributes

Creating HTML widget objects

  • radioList
  • checkboxList

Working with tag attributes

  • generateId
  • getArrayableName
  • getNonArrayableName
  • normalizeRegexpPattern

Encode and escape special characters

  • encode
  • encodeAttribute
  • encodeUnquotedAttribute
  • escapeJavaScriptStringValue

Working with CSS styles and classes

  • addCssStyle
  • removeCssStyle
  • addCssClass
  • removeCssClass
  • cssStyleFromArray
  • cssStyleToArray


Unit testing

The package is tested with PHPUnit. To run tests:


Mutation testing

The package tests are checked with Infection mutation framework with Infection Static Analysis Plugin. To run it:


Static analysis

The code is statically analyzed with Psalm. To run static analysis:



The Yii HTML is free software. It is released under the terms of the BSD License. Please see LICENSE for more information.

Maintained by Yii Software.

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