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Block Editable


The block element is an iterating component which is really powerful. Basically a block is only a loop, but you can use other editables within this loop, so it's possible to repeat a set of editables to create structured content (eg. a link list, or a image gallery). The items in the loop as well as their order can be defined by the editor with the block controls provided in the editmode.


Name Type Description
limit integer Max. amount of iterations.
default integer If block is empty, this specifies the iterations at startup.
manual bool Forces the manual mode, which enables a complete custom HTML implementation for blocks, for example using <table> elements
class string A CSS class that is added to the surrounding container of this element in editmode


Name Return Description
isEmpty() bool Whether the editable is empty or not.
getCount() int Get the total amount of iterations.
getCurrent() int Get the current index while looping.
getElements() array Return a array for every loop to access the defined children.

The Block Controls

Control Operation
+ Add a new block at the current position.
- Remove the current block.
up and down Move Block up and down.

Basic Usage

<?php while($this->block("contentblock")->loop()) { ?>
    <h2><?= $this->input("subline"); ?></h2>
    <?= $this->wysiwyg("content"); ?>
<?php } ?>

The result in editmode should looks like to following: Block in editmode

And in the frontend of the application: Block in the frontend

Advanced Usage

Advanced Usage with Different Includes.

<?php while($this->block("contentblock")->loop()) { ?>
    <?php if($this->editmode) { ?>
        <?= $this->select("blocktype", [
            "store" => [
                ["wysiwyg", "WYSIWYG"],
                ["contentimages", "WYSIWYG with images"],
                ["video", "Video"]
            "reload" => true
        ]); ?>
    <?php } ?>
    <?php if(!$this->select("blocktype")->isEmpty()) {
    } ?>
<?php } ?>
<?php while($this->block("teasers", ["limit" => 2])->loop()) { ?>
    <?= $this->snippet("teaser") ?>
<?php } ?>

Example for getCurrent()

<?php while ($this->block("myBlock")->loop()) { ?>
    <?php if ($this->block("myBlock")->getCurrent() > 0) { ?>
        Insert this line only after the first iteration<br />
        <br />
    <?php } ?>
    <h2><?= $this->input("subline"); ?></h2>
<?php } ?>

Using Manual Mode

The manual mode offers you the possibility to deal with block the way you like, this is for example useful with tables:

<?php $block = $this->block("gridblock", ["manual" => true])->start(); ?>
        <?php while ($block->loop()) { ?>
            <?php $block->blockConstruct(); ?>
                <td customAttribute="<?= $this->input("myInput")->getData() ?>">
                    <?php $block->blockStart(); ?>
                        <div style="width:200px; height:200px;border:1px solid black;">
                            <?= $this->input("myInput"); ?>
                    <?php $block->blockEnd(); ?>
            <?php $block->blockDestruct(); ?>
        <?php } ?>
<?php $block->end(); ?>

Accessing Data Within a Block Element

// load document
$doc = \Pimcore\Model\Document\Page::getByPath('/en/basic-examples/galleries');
// Bsp #1 | get the first picture from the first "gallery-single-images" brick
$image = $doc
    ->getElement('content')                             // view.php > $this->areablock('content')
        ->getElement('gallery-single-images')[0]        // get the first entry for this brick
            ->getBlock('gallery')->getElements()[0]     // view.php > $this->block("gallery")->loop()
                ->getImage('image')                     // view.php > $this->image("image")
var_dump("Bsp #1: " . $image->getSrc());