The Engine

The Engine is the Boiler's central object and usually the only one you have to manually instatiate. It is used to locate and load templates from the file system.

Throughout this page we assume the following directory structure:

`-- to
    |-- templates
    `-- additional

Creating the Engine instance

To create an Engine instance, you simply pass one or more paths to directories where your templates are located. Additionally, you can optionally set default values that are available for all your templates, or you can globally disable the autoescaping feature.

Using a single template directory

The only required parameter of the constructor is the path to a directory where your templates reside:

$engine = new \Conia\Boiler\Engine('/path/to/templates');

If the directory does not exists, Boiler throws a \Conia\Boiler\Exception\DirectoryNotFound exception.

Using multiple directories

If you have multiple directories, pass them in an array:

$engine = new \Conia\Boiler\Engine(['/path/to/templates', '/path/to/additional']);

Note: The directories are searched in order.

Using the example above: If a template cannot be located in /path/to/additional, Boiler tries to find it in /path/to/additional and so on.

Using namespaces

You can use namespaces to later be able to address a specific directory. Pass the list of directories as associative array where the keys serve as namespaces:

$engine = new \Conia\Boiler\Engine([
    'first' => '/path/to/templates', 
    'second' => '/path/to/additional'

Check Rendering Templates to see it in action.

Adding default values

You can assign default values which are available in all templates:

$engine = new \Conia\Boiler\Engine('/path/to/dir', ['value' => 'default value']);

Turning off autoescaping

If you don't want to use the autoescaping feature, e. g. to improve the performance of your application, you can turn it off globally:

$engine = new \Conia\Boiler\Engine('/path/to/dir', [], false);

// better:
$engine = new \Conia\Boiler\Engine('/path/to/dir', autoescape: false);

Rendering Templates

You simplic call the render method and pass the name/path of the template and optionally an array of values (the context) which will be available as variables in the template.


// with context
$engine->render('template', ['value1' => 1, 'value2' => 2]);

See Rendering Templates for more information.

Adding custom template methods

Custom methods can be accessed in templates using $this (See Rendering Templates). To a add a method you pass aClosure or anonymous function to registerMethod:

$engine->registerMethod('upper', function (string $value): string {
    return strtoupper($value);

Other useful Engine methods

Check if a template exists

To check if a template exists before rendering it, use the method exists:

if ($engine->exists('template')) {

Get the file system path of a template

$filePath = $engine->getFile('template');

Get a template instance without rendering it

$template = $engine->template('template');

assert($template instanceof \Conia\Boiler\Template);