1. Introduction

This bundle was created to support Smarty in Symfony2, providing an alternative to the Twig template engine natively supported.


An effort was made to provide, where possible, the same user configuration and extensions available for the Twig bundle. This is to allow easy switching between the two bundles (at least I hope so!).

1.1. What is Smarty?

Smarty is a template engine for PHP, facilitating the separation of presentation (HTML/CSS) from application logic. This implies that PHP code is application logic, and is separated from the presentation.

Some of Smarty’s features: [1]

  • It is extremely fast.
  • It is efficient since the PHP parser does the dirty work.
  • No template parsing overhead, only compiles once.
  • It is smart about recompiling only the template files that have changed.
  • You can easily create your own custom functions and variable modifiers, so the template language is extremely extensible.
  • Configurable template {delimiter} tag syntax, so you can use {$foo}, {{$foo}}, <!--{$foo}-->, etc.
  • The {if}..{elseif}..{else}..{/if} constructs are passed to the PHP parser, so the {if...} expression syntax can be as simple or as complex an evaluation as you like.
  • Allows unlimited nesting of sections, if’s etc.
  • Built-in caching support.
  • Arbitrary template sources.
  • Template Inheritance for easy management of template content.
  • Plugin architecture.

See the Smarty3 Manual for other features and information on it’s syntax, configuration and installation.


1.2. Requirements

1.3. License

This bundle is licensed under the LGPL-3 License. See the LICENSE file for details.

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