Ultimately a Tag is nothing more than a PHP Method called from an Antlers template. This common pattern allows non-PHP developers to take advantage of dynamic features in their site easily without writing any code.

Anatomy of a Tag

A tag consists of several parts, none of which are named the “thorax”. Let’s break a Tag down:

{{ theme:partial src="foo" }}
  • The first part? That’s the addon’s name: theme
  • The second bit is the method it maps to: partial
  • And lastly, a parameter: src="foo". There can be any number of parameters on a Tag.

Tags can also come in pairs, much like beer comes in pints. For example:

{{ entries:listing folder="blog" }}
  <div>{{ title }}</div>
{{ /entries:listing }}

Anything in-between your tag pair is available as $this->content. Sometimes you’ll want to use it as input, other times manipulate it, and yet another time leave it be. It’s up to you.

Example Class

The class file must be named AddonNameTags.php, located in the root of your addon directory, and must extend Statamic\Extend\Tags.


namespace Statamic\Addons\ExampleAddon;

use Statamic\Extend\Tags;

class ExampleAddonTags extends Tags
    public function myMethod()
        return 'This is not exciting, but it works.';

Generating a Tags Class

You can generate a Tags class with a console command.

php please make:tags AddonName

Class Rules & Standards

  • Returning a string will render said string in your template.
  • Each public method in your Tags class is exposed as a template Tag.
  • The index() method maps to the single part Tag, such as {{ addon_name }}.
  • Your class name must be in the following format: [AddonName]Tags.php.
  • Tags are snake_case in your templates and camelCase in your class.

Working with Input

Tags, like all parts of an Addon, have access to the addon’s configuration with the $this->getConfig() methods. Configuration files are a great place to store default values, especially for values that a user may want to change site-wide.

Tags also have parameters which are used for configuration on the tag-level. For example, in the native {{ nav }} Tag, you’ll generally supply a folder parameter to tell Statamic where to start fetching Pages from. Your Tag can access these parameter values with the $this->getParam() methods.

  • $this->getParam('folder') to get a string.
  • $this->getParamBool('show_hidden') to get a boolean.
  • $this->getParamInt('offset') to get an integer.

There are also super methods that will retrieve values from parameter or config (in that order) if none was found.

  • $this->get('folder')
  • $this->getBool('show_hidden')
  • $this->getInt('offset')

Rendering Data

Rendering your tag data is a little different depending on whether you intend to have a single tag or a tag pair.

Single Tags

A single tag stands alone by itself and does not have a closing tag. Your method must return a string if you to render something. Within a template, your tag will be replaced with that returned string.

You may also return a boolean. This is useful if your tag is designed to be used in conditions.

If your tag doesn’t return anything, your tag won’t render anything. This can be useful if you need to perform some sort of non-HTML rendering task. For example, the redirect tag doesn’t output any HTML, it just performs a redirect.

Tag Pairs

There are a few options for returning output with tag pairs.

Returning Arrays

The first option is to return an associative array. This will map variables automatically for you.

For example, if you were to return this:

return [
   'tree' => 'maple',
   'path' => 'dirt',
   'sky'  => 'blue'

The {{ tree }}, {{ path }}, and {{ sky }} tags will be available within your tag pair — they will be replaced by the corresponding values. So {{ tree }} will become maple, etc.

Parsing Content

If you need to parse the content between your tag pairs for other tags, variables, and so on, there is a helper method available to you.

The $this->parse($data) method accepts an associative array (like the one mentioned previously), and will return a string that replaces any {{ variable }} with its appropriate values.

This method is used when your string only needs to be parsed a single time.

Looping and Parsing

If you need to iterate over content between the tags (for example, fetching records from a Database or remote API and listing them) there is a corresponding helper method available.

The $this->parseLoop($data) method accepts an array of associative arrays. It will loop over each array and parse them like the $this->parse() would.

Your $data argument may look something like this:

$data = [
    'tree' => 'maple',
    'path' => 'dirt',
    'sky'  => 'blue'
    'tree' => 'oak',
    'path' => 'asphalt',
    'sky'  => 'overcast'
Last modified on July 18, 2017