PHP Template Engine Abstraction Layer
Provides a layer for rendering view templates and defining template plugins and manipulators.

Template Engine Component

TemplateEngine component provides a layer for rendering view templates.

Install the component

The best way to install the component is using Composer.

composer require webiny/template-engine

For additional versions of the package, visit the Packagist page.

Installation error

If you get an error like this:

Package could not be downloaded, sh: 1: svn: not found

Then probably you don't have Subversion installed which is preventing the installation of Smarty library. This can be easily solved by installing the Subversion, prior to the composer install.

$ sudo apt-get install subversion


The definition of the view template depends on the selected driver. By default the template engine comes with a driver for Smarty, but you can easily add support for Twig or some other template engines.

The provided functionality of every driver is defined by the TemplateEngineInterface which defines the following methods:

  • fetch - fetch the template from the given location, parse it and return the output
  • render - fetch the template from the given location, parse it and output the result to the browser
  • assign - assign a variable and its value into the template engine
  • setTemplateDir - directory where the template files are stored
  • registerPlugin - register a plugin for the template engine

To create a new driver just create a new class that implements the \Webiny\Component\TemplateEngine\Bridge\TemplateEngineInterface and adapt your config.

The default configuration looks like this:

                ForceCompile: false
                CacheDir: '/var/tmp/smarty/cache'
                CompileDir: '/var/tmp/smarty/compile'
                TemplateDir: '/var/www/theme/templates'
                AutoEscapeOutput: false
                MuteExpectedErrors: true


The preferred usage is over the TemplateEngineTrait. Here is an example:

class MyClass
    use \Webiny\Component\TemplateEngine\TemplateEngineTrait;

    function __construct() {
        // assing name and id to the template and render it
        $this->templateEngine('Smarty')->render('template.tpl', ['name'=>'John', 'id'=>15]);


If you wish to use the Smarty template engine, with the built in driver, make sure you include path/to/Smarty/libs/Smarty.class.php somewhere inside you application, before using the component. This is due to the problem that Smarty doesn't provide a suitable autoloader to be integrated with the component.

Plugins & extensions

The template engine is designed so that it can be expanded with different plugins and modifiers, depending on the assigned driver.

Best practice for expanding the template engine is first to create an extension and then register it as a service tagged with the $driverName.Extension, for example Smarty.Extension.

An Extension is a package of one or multiple plugins. Plugin type depends on the template engine, for example, Smarty supports these plugin types:

To create a smarty extension, create a class that extends \Webiny\Component\TemplateEngine\Drivers\Smarty\AbstractSmartyExtension and then overwrite the methods, based on the plugin type your wish to create.

For example, let's say we want to register a modifier called 'customUpper'. First we create our extension class like this:

namespace MyApp\Demo;

class MySmartyExtension extends \Webiny\Component\TemplateEngine\Drivers\Smarty\SmartyExtension
     * @overwrite
     * @return array
    function getModifiers(){
        return [
            new SmartySimplePlugin('custom_upper', 'modifier', [$this, 'customUpper'])

     * Callback for my custom_upper modifier.
     * @param $params
     * @return string
    function customUpper($params){
        return strtoupper($params);

     * Returns the name of the plugin.
     * @return string
    function getName() {
        return 'my_extension';

Once we have our extension, we must register it using the service manager:

        Class: \MyApp\Demo\MySmartyExtension
        Tags: [Smarty.Extension]

And that's it, we can now use the modifier in our templates:

{'this is my name'|custom_upper}
// outputs: THIS IS MY NAME


To run unit tests, you need to use the following command:

$ cd path/to/Webiny/Component/TemplateEngine/
$ composer.phar install
$ phpunit

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