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Painless html generation

This is a fork of spatie/laravel-html by Jeroen Derks, a.k.a Magentron. This fork was created in order to have PHP 5.6.x compatibility.

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This package helps you generate HTML using a clean, simple and easy to read API. All elements can be dynamically generated and put together. The HTML builder helps you generate dynamically assigned form elements based on your selected model, the session or a default value.


You'll find full documentation here.

Upgrading to 2.0

Version 2.0 was tagged because it could break some very specific cases, but you most likely don't have any work upgrading! Check out "Upgrading" for a detailed explanation.

Generating elements

For example creating a new span element with a class is super easy with the fluent methods for elements:

html()->span()->text('Hello world!')->class('fa fa-eye');

Building forms

Here's a quick example that builds a basic form with an e-mail input:

{{ html()->form('PUT', '/post')->open() }}

{{ html()->email('email')->placeholder('Your e-mail address') }}

{{ html()->form()->close() }}

The generated HTML will look like this:

<form method="POST" action="/post">
    <input type="hidden" name="_method" id="_method" value="PUT">
    <input type="hidden" name="_token" id="_token" value="csrf_token_will_be_here">
    <input type="email" name="email" id="email" placeholder="Your e-mail address">

Notice how the hidden _method and _token fields were automatically added and filled? You'll never forget to add csrf_field() again because now you simply wont have to anymore!

Another common use case might be to fill an input element based on the value that was previously submitted (using $request->old()). Worry no more, this has been taken care of as well. The above code will automatically fill in the email field if $session->old('email') exists. Amazing.

Models in the HTML builder

The HTML builder can also generate elements based on a model:

{{ html()->modelForm($user)->open() }}

{{ html()->input('name') }}

{{ html()->closeModelForm() }}

The value of the name field will automatically be filled with the model's name property if available:

<form method="POST">

<input type="text" name="name" id="name" value="John">


A "model" can be any object that implements ArrayAccess — anything from a complex Eloquent model to a plain array.


You're free to use this package (it's MIT-licensed), but if it makes it to your production environment we highly appreciate you sending us a postcard from your hometown, mentioning which of our package(s) you are using.

Our address is: Spatie, Samberstraat 69D, 2060 Antwerp, Belgium.

All postcards are published on our website.


You can install the package via composer:

composer require magentron/laravel-html

Next, you must install the service provider:

// config/app.php
'providers' => [

And optionally register an alias for the facade.

// config/app.php
'aliases' => [
    'Html' => Spatie\Html\Facades\Html::class,



Elements—classes under the Spatie\Html\Elements namespace—are generally created via a Spatie\Html\Html builder instance.

html()->span()->text('Hello world!');

Element attributes and contents are modified via with fluent methods which return a new instance. This means element instances are immutable.

$icon = html()->span()->class('fa');

$icon->class('fa-eye'); // '<span class="fa fa-eye"></span>'
$icon->class('fa-eye-slash'); // '<span class="fa fa-eye-slash"></span>'

Element classes don't have any knowledge of the outside world. Any coupling to other concepts, like requests and sessions, should happen in the builder class, not on the element classes.

By convention, we assume that builder methods will modify values to our advantage (like pulling old values from the session on a failed form request), and element methods will be deterministic.

// This will try to resolve an initial value, and fall back to ''
$email = html()->email('email', '');

// This will always have '' as it's value
$email = html()->email('email')->value('');


From v1 to v2

Version 2 was created because the typehints in version 1 was holding the package back in some cases (like multiple select which requires an array of values instead of a string which was assumed).

Luckily, bumping the version number in composer.json and running composer update should be non-breaking. Here are some caveats to look out for:

  • The package now ships with a html() function by default, which returns an instance of the Html builder class. If you've defined your own method, you'll need to remove it.
  • Various type hints have been removed throughout the package, if you've extended a class to override its methods, you'll need to update them accordingly (everything still behaves the same!)


Please see CHANGELOG for more information what has changed recently.


$ composer test


Please see CONTRIBUTING for details.


If you discover any security related issues, please email instead of using the issue tracker.


About Spatie

Spatie is a webdesign agency based in Antwerp, Belgium. You'll find an overview of all our open source projects on our website.


The MIT License (MIT). Please see License File for more information.


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