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Better asset management library for fuelphp (with minification!)

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Casset is an alternative to fuelphp's Asset class.
Casset supports minifying and combining scripts, in order to reduce the number and size of http requests need to load a given page. Grouping syntax has been made cleaner, and the ability to render all groups, and enable/disable specific groups, added.
There are are some other changes too, please read on!

Thanks to Stephen Clay (and Douglas Crockford) for writing the minification libraries, stolen from


  1. Clone / download
  2. Copy classes/casset.php and classes/casset into app/classes/
  3. Copy config/casset.php into app/config/ (optional, casset has sensible defaults)
  4. Create public/assets/cache
  5. Enjoy

Basic usage

JS and CSS files are handled the same way, so we'll just consider JS. Just substitude 'js' with 'css' for css-related functions.

Javascript files can be added using the following, where "myfile.js" and "myfile2.js" are the javascript files you want to include, and are located at public/assets/js/myfile.js and public/assets/js/myfile2.js.


By default, Casset will minify both of these files and combine them into a single file (which is written to public/assets/cache/.js). To include this file in your page, use the following:

echo Casset::render_js();
Returns something like
<script type="text/javascript" src="http://localhost/site/assets/cache/d148a723c710760bc62ca3ecc8c50206.js?1307384477"></script>

If you have a specific file ("myfile.min.js") which you want Casset to use, rather than generating its own minified version, you can pass this as the second argument, eg:

Casset::js('myfile.js', 'myfile.min.js');


Although the origin Asset library provided groups, etc, for dealing with images, I couldn't see the point.

Therefore image handling is somewhat simpler, and can be summed up by the following line:

echo Casset::img('test.jpg', array('alt' => 'This is an image'));

You can also pass an array of images (which will all have to same attributes applied to them), eg:

echo Casset::img(array('test.jpg', 'test2.jpg'));


Groups are collections of js/css files. A group can be defined in the config file, or on-the-fly. They can be enabled and disabled invidually, and rendered individually.

CSS and JS have their own group namespaces, so feel free to overlap.

To define a group in the config file, use the 'groups' key, eg:

'groups' => array(
    'js' => array(
        'group_name' => array(
            'files' => array(
                array('file1.js', 'file1.min.js'),
            'enabled' => true,
        'group_name_2' => array(.....),
    'css' => array(
        'group_name' => array(
            'files' => array(
                array('file1.css', 'file1.min.css'),
            'enabled' => true,
        'group_name_3' => array(.....),

As you can see, the javascript and css groups are entirely separate. Each group consists of the following parts:
files: a list of files present in the group. Each file definition can either be a string or a 2-element array. If you're using minification, but have a pre-minified copy of your file (jquery is an example), you can pass this as the second array element.
enabled: Whether a group is enabled. A group will only be rendered when it is enabled.

Groups can be enabled using Casset::enable_js('group_name'), and disabled using Casset::disable_js('group_name'). CSS equivalents also exist.
The shortcuts Casset::enable('group_name') and Casset::disable('group_name') also exist, which will enable/disable both the js and css groups of the given name, if they exist.

Specific groups can be rendered using eg Casset::render_js('group_name'). If no group name is passed, all groups will be rendered.
Note that when a group is rendered, it is disabled. See the "Extra attributes" section for an application of this functionality.

Files can be added to a group by passing the group name as the third argument to Casset::js / Casset::css, eg:

Casset::js('myfile.js', 'myfile.min.js', 'group_name');
Casset::css('myfile.css', false, 'group_name');

Groups can also be declared on the fly, by specifying a group name which doesn't yet exist. The group is assumed to be enabled.
You can also use a slightly more involved syntax for creating groups, which allows you to specify multiple files and whether the group is enabled, as shown below:

Casset::add_group('js', 'group_name', array('file1.js', array('file2.js', 'file2.min.js')), $enabled);

NOTE: Calling Casset::js('file.js') will add that file to the "global" group. Use / abuse as you need!


If you want Casset to display a group inline, instead of linking to a cache file, you can pass true as the second argument to Casset::render_js() or Casset::render_css(). For example...

// Render 'group_name' js inline.
echo Casset::render_js('group_name', true);
// Render all css groups inline.
echo Casset::render_css(false, true);

Occasionally it can be useful to declare a bit of javascript in your view, but have it included in your template. Casset allows for this, although it doesn't support groups and minification (as I don't see a need for those features in this context).

In your view:

$bar = 'baz';
$js = <<<EOF
    var foo = "$bar";

In your template:

echo Casset::render_js_inline();
Will output:
<script type="text/javascript">
    var foo = "baz";

Similarly, Casset::css_inline() and Casset::render_css_inline() exist.

Extra attributes

Casset::render_js() and Casset::render_css() support an optional third argument which allows the user to define extra attributes to be applied to the script/link tag.
This can be combined with the fact that one a group has been rendered, it is disabled, allowing the following to be done:

Casset::css('screen.css', false, 'screen');

// Render the 'screen' group
echo Casset::render_css('screen', false, array('media' => 'screen');
// <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="http://...screen.css" media="screen" />

// Render everything else, except the 'screen' group
echo Casset::render_css();
// <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="http://...main.css" media="screen" />


Minification uses libraries from Stephen Clay's Minify library.

When minification is enabled (see the "min" key in the config file), when an enabled group is rendered, it is combined, minified, and stored in a file in public/assets/cache/. This is an attempt to achieve a balance between spamming the browser with lots of files, and allowing the browser to cache files. The assumption is that each group is likely to appear fairly independantly, so combining groups isn't worth it.

You can choose to include a comment above each <script> and <link> tag saying which group is contained with that file by setting the "show_files" key to true in the config file. Similarly, you can choose to put comments inside each minified file, saying which origin file has ended up where -- set "show_files_inline" to true.

Casset::render_js() and Casset::render_css() take an optional fourth argument, allowing you to control minification on a per-group basis if you need. The following will minify the 'group_name' group, even if minification is turned off in the config file.

echo Casset::render_js('group_name', false, array(), true);

NOTE: If you change the contents of a group, a new cache file will be generated. However the old one will not be removed (Casset doesn't know if you've got a single page where you add an extra file to a group). Therefore an occasional clearout of public/assets/cache/ is recommended.


Let's say we have a site which uses jquery on every page, jquery-ui on some pages, and then various other odds and sods.

In the config file:

'groups' => array(
    'js' => array(
        'jquery' => array(
            'files' => array(
                array('jquery.js', 'jquery.min.js'),
            'enabled' => true,
        'jquery-ui' => array(
            'files' => array(
                array('jquery-ui.js', 'jquery-ui.min.js'),
            'enabled' => false,
    'css' => array(
        'jquery-ui' => array(
            'files' => array(
            'endabled' => false,

In our template file:

<?php echo Casset::render_css() ?>
    echo Casset::render_js();
    echo Casset::render_js_inline();

We can then turn the jquery-ui group on as we please.

file_1.php: (doesn't use jquery-ui)


file_2.php: (does use jquery-ui)



Pull requests are gladly accepted!

This project uses git flow, so please base your work on the tip of the develop branch, and rebase onto develop again before submitting the pull request.

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