Using Twig with Phalcon PHP

You might wonder why using Twig with Phalcon PHP and not using Volt. Well, i had 2 main reasons:

1. I have been using Twig for the last 2 years and it’s available as a C extension also.
2. Using Volt it’s almost exactly the same thing, but for now it seems that Volt is not so stable – mostly because of the view renderer. I had a lot of problems while trying to render Volt templates (Phalcon 1.3.0). Anyway, when it will be stable, i will use Volt for sure. So, if you read this while you have a stable Volt and it is not mandatory to use Twig, just use Volt.

Using Twig with Phalcon PHP

Here is what you have to do:

1. Download Twig
2. Register it in your bootstrap

require "YOUR_PATH_TO_TWIG/Autoloader.php";

3. Download Twig View from Incubator and register it to your namespace.

4. Edit your service file and add a twig service to DI

$di['twigService'] = function($view, $di) {
        'debug'               => true,
        'charset'             => 'UTF-8',
        'base_template_class' => 'Twig_Template',
        'strict_variables'    => false,
        'autoescape'          => false,
        'cache'               => __DIR__.'/../../cache/twig/',
        'auto_reload'         => null,
        'optimizations'       => -1,

    $twig = new View($view, $di);
    return $twig;

4. Enable Twig as your view engine:

$di['view'] = function() {
    $view = new \Phalcon\Mvc\View();
    $view->setViewsDir(__DIR__ . '/../views/');
            ".twig" => 'twigService'
    return $view;

That’s it. Create a new file with the extenstion .twig in your view folder, and everything should run as expected.

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  • Alexey
    26/09/2013 - 16:23 | Permalink

    Hi Calin Rada!
    Thak you for your information about integrating twig into phalcon. But I’ve got some trouble and I’ve tryed but unlikely couldn’t solve them on my own.
    I think there is a problem with Twig classes autoloading.

    I’ve moved downloaded twig to folder \app\twig\ and put Twig.php from phalcon/incubator rigt into it.
    The \public\index.php now starts with
    require “../app/twig/Autoloader.php”;
    require “../app/twig/Twig.php”; // without this line: Class ‘Phalcon\Mvc\View\Engine\Twig’ not found

    I think that’s the point, but I don’t understand where exactly.
    “3. Download Twig View from Incubator and register it to your namespace.”
    What should I put into resister prefix argument to prevent this?
    Fatal error: Class ‘Phalcon\Mvc\View\Engine\Twig\Environment’ not found in \home\phalcon\www\app\twig\Twig.php on line 28

    Soryy for mistakes. English isn’t my native language.
    Thank you in advance!

    • 30/09/2013 - 14:45 | Permalink

      Hi Alexey,

      Please be sure that you didn’t overwrite the default Twig.php file. There are 2 files: one is the view found in the twig repo and the otherone in the Phalcon’s incubator. This are completley different files.

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