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View Helpers


View Helpers are methods that offer special functionality to increase usability of views. This concept is a concept of the ZF and you can use all the \Zend_View helpers which are shipped with ZF. There are some really cool helpers which are really useful when used in combination with Pimcore. For the most important see following table.

Method Reference Description
action() \Zend_View_Helper_Action::action Action helper description
headMeta() \Zend_View_Helper_HeadMeta::headMeta HeadMeta helper description
headTitle() \Zend_View_Helper_HeadTitle::headTitle HeadTitle helper description

There are around 20 helpers provided by the Zend Framework. In addition to the ZF standard view helpers, Pimcore adds some addition powerful view helpers.

Pimcore View Helpers

The Pimcore implementation of \Zend_View namely Pimcore\View offers addtional view helpers to increase the usability even more:

Method Reference Description
inc() \Pimcore\View::inc Use this function to directly include a document.
template() \Pimcore\View::template Use this method to include a template
getParam() \Pimcore\View::getParam Get's a parameter (get, post, .... ), it's an equivalent to $this->getParam() in the controller action.
cache() \Pimcore\View\Helper\Cache::cache Cache implementation in temaplates.
device() \Pimcore\View\Helper\Device::device Helps implementing adaptive designs.
glossary() \Pimcore\View\Helper\Glossary::glossary Glossary documentation
translate() \Pimcore\View::t i18n / shared translations
translateAdmin() \Pimcore\View::ts i18n / admin translations

You can also create your own custom view helpers to make certain functionalities available to your views.


Use $this->inc() to include documents (eg. snippets) within views. This is especially useful for footers, headers, navigations, sidebars, teasers, ...

$this->inc(mixed $document, [array $params], [$cacheEnabled = true])

Name Description
$document Document to include, can be either an ID, a path or even the Document object itself
$params Is optional and should be an array with key value pairs like in $this->action() from ZF.
$enabledCache Is true by default, set it to false to disable the cache. Hashing is done across source and parameters to ensure a consistent result.
use Pimcore\Model\Document;
<!-- include path -->
<?= $this->inc("/shared/boxes/buttons") ?>
<!-- include ID -->
<?= $this->inc(256) ?>
<!-- include object -->
$doc = Document::getById(477);
echo $this->inc($doc, [
    "param1" => "value1"
<!-- without cache -->
<?= $this->inc(123, null, false) ?>


This method is designed to include a different template directly, without calling an action. Basically it's just using PHP's include() in the background, but you don't have to care about path issues.

$this->template(string $path, [array $params = []], [bool $resetPassedParams = false], [bool $capture = false])

Name Description
$path Path of template to include. Relative to /website/views/scripts
$params Additional params to include.
$resetPassedParams Resets and removes additional params from view after inclusion of given template is finished. If you use this extensively on the same view object, the parameter $resetPassedParams will come very handy.
$capture Returns rendered template instead of adding it to output buffer.
<?php $this->template("includes/footer.php") ?>
<!-- with parameters -->
<?php $this->template("includes/somthingelse.php", [
    "param1" => "value1"
]) ?>

Parameters in the included template are then accessible through $this->paramName i.e. from the example above.

<?= $this->param1 ?>


Returns a parameter (get, post, .... ), it's an equivalent to $this->getParam() in the controller.

$this->getParam(string $key, [mixed $default = null])

Name Description
$key Key of param
$default Default value if key not set
<?= $this->getParam("myParam"); ?>


This is an implementation of an in-template cache. You can use this to cache some parts directly in the template, independent of the other global definable caching functionality. This can be useful for templates which need a lot of calculation or require a huge amount of objects (like navigations, ...).

$this->cache(string $name, [int $lifetime = null], [bool $force = false])

Name Description
$name Name of cache item
$lifetime Lifetime in seconds. If you define no lifetime the behavior is like the output cache, so if you make any change in Pimcore, the cache will be flushed. When specifying a lifetime this is independent from changes in the CMS.
$force Force caching, even when request is done within Pimcore admin interface
<?php if(!$this->cache("test_cache_key", 60)->start()) { ?>
    <h1>This is some cached microtime</h1>
    <?= microtime() ?>
    <?php $this->cache("test_cache_key")->end(); ?>
<?php } ?>


This helper makes it easy to implement "Adaptive Design" in Pimcore.

$this->device([string $default = null])

Name Description
$default Default if no device can be detected
    $device = $this->device("phone"); // first argument is the default setting
<?php if($device->isPhone()) { ?>
    This is my phone content
<?php } else if($device->isTablet()) { ?>
    This text is shown on a tablet
<?php } else if($device->isDesktop()) { ?>
    This is for default desktop Browser
<?php } ?>
<?php if($this->device()->isDesktop()) { ?>
    Here is some desktop specific content
<?php } ?>

For details also see Adaptive Design.


For details please see Glossary Documentation.

<section class="area-wysiwyg">

    <?php // start filtering content with Glossary feature ?>
    <?php $this->glossary()->start(); ?>
        <?= $this->wysiwyg("content"); ?>
    <?php $this->glossary()->stop(); ?>



View helper for getting translation from shared translations. For details also see Shared Translations.

$this->t(string $key = "") $this->translate(string $key = "")

Name Description
$key Key of translation
<a href="/"><?= $this->translate("Home"); ?></a>


View helper for getting translation from admin translations. For details also see the Multi Language Part.

$this->ts(string $key = "") $this->translateAdmin(string $key = "")

Name Description
$key Key of translation
<a href="/"><?= $this->translateAdmin("Home"); ?></a>