Codeigniter is an awesome framework, it’s idea of a parser library that ships with it is not. I have written a simple library that extends Codeigniter’s native view loading to allow you to use Smarty 3 in your Codeigniter projects to render your views.
- Codeigniter 2.0 as this library uses the core and third_party folders, although with some changes it will work with 1.7.2 / 1.7.3 versions of Codeigniter.
- Extends native Codeigniter view loading so you can still use $this->load->view() to load your templates. This also means that if your Codeigniter application is using $this->load->view() you won’t need to change any of your code to use this library.
- Allows you to use Smarty specific features including template inheritance inside of your views.
- Uses your views directory for loading templates but the location of views can be changed if you don’t use the standard CI views folder.
- Comes bundled with the latest version of Smarty already.
Copy all of the files from the download zip off the repo into your application directory. Then you should be able to just load Smarty views using the native $this->load->view() notation.
Download this library fresh off the press on it’s own Github repository, here.
- Thursday, 17th February 2011 – Added in configuration file. Added in default needed cache directories. A change to note from a few days ago is the CI superobject is assigned by reference to the views using the variable name “this” which means you should be able to go $this->load->view() inside of your views or any other native CI stuff (all untested though).
- Friday, 3rd December 2010 – Added in check for a file extension, if no file extension is found views will search for a file with a .php extension much like standard CI view loading works.
Feel free to post improvements and recommendations below if you’ve made some improvements or found that it doesn’t function correctly.
Note: Keep in mind that in this package I am using a custom MY_Loader file in the core directory to extend the native view functionality of Codeigniter, so if you are using Modular CI, Modular Extensions or already have a custom MY_Loader file in your core directory you might want to copy and paste the code into the pre-existing file yourself or you may lose existing functionality.