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Default Helpers

Helpers are functions which change or format the data to a form we want. This is summary of the default helpers which are normally available.

All default helpers work with UTF-8 encoded strings.

String modification
truncate (length, append = '…') shortens the length preserving whole words
substr (offset [, length]) returns part of the string
trim (charset = whitespace) strips whitespace or other characters from the beginning and end of the string
striptags removes HTML tags
strip removes whitespace
webalize (charlist = '…', lower = TRUE) returns string in cool URL form
toAscii removes accents
indent (level = 1, char = "\t") indents the text from left with number of tabs
replace (search, replace = '') replaces all occurrences of the search string with the replacement
replaceRE (pattern, replace = '') replaces all occurrences according to regular expression
padLeft (length, pad = ' ') completes the string to given length from left
padRight (length, pad = ' ') completes the string to given length from right
repeat (count) repeats the string
implode (glue = '') joins an array to a string
nl2br new lines with <br>
Letter casing
lower makes a string lower case
upper makes a string upper case
firstUpper makes the first letter upper case
capitalize lower case, the first letter of each word upper case
date (format) formats date
number (decimals = 0, decPoint = '.') formats number
bytes (precision = 2) formats size in bytes
noescape prints a variable without escaping
dataStream (mimetype = detect) Data URI protocol conversion
url or escapeurl escapes parameter in URL
length returns length of a string
null flushes the input, returns nothing


Shortens a string to the maximum given length but tries to preserve whole words. If the string is truncated it adds ellipsis at the end (this can be changed by the second parameter).

{var $title = 'Hello, how are you?'}
{$title|truncate:5} Hell…
{$title|truncate:17} Hello, how are…
{$title|truncate:30} Hello, how are you?


Removes unnecessary whitespace from the output.

{block |strip}


<ul> <li>Hello</li> </ul>


Transforms a string in the form suitable for URL, ie. removes accents and replaces all characters with dash except English alphabet letters and numbers.

{var $name = 'Česká republika'}
{$name|webalize} ceska-republika


Indents a text from left by a given number of tabs or other characters which we specify in the second optional argument:

{block |indent}



Letter casing

{var $s = 'blue COLOR'}
{$s|lower} blue color
{$s|upper} BLUE COLOR
{$s|firstUpper} Blue COLOR
{$s|capitalize} Blue Color


Returns a date in the given format using options of strftime or date PHP functions. Helper gets a date as a UNIX timestamp, a string or an object of DateTime type.



Formats a number to given number of decimal places. You can also specify a character of the decimal point and thousands separator.

{1234.20 |number}  1,234
{1234.20 |number:1}  1,234.2
{1234.20 |number:2}  1,234.20
{1234.20 |number:2:',':' '}  1 234,20


Formats a size in bytes to human-readable form.

{$size|bytes} 0 B, 10 B or 1.25 GB, …


Converts the data to URI scheme. With this helper you can insert images to HTML or CSS without linking external files. All the modern browsers and Internet Explorer since version 8 support it.

Lets have an image in a variable $img = Image::fromFile('obrazek.gif'), then

<img src="{$img|dataStream}">

generates for example:

<img src="data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAAAUA


Escapes a variable to be used as a parameter in URL.

<a href="{$name|url}">{$name}</a>


<a href="{$name|escapeurl}">{$name}</a>