Add simple user-editable settings to your application
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Symfony Doctrine Settings Plugin

Much like the sfConfig::get() method, use csSettings::get() to call dynamic, user-defined settings.
An admin generator interface allows easy administration.

All settings are cached when first loaded, and the cache is refreshed whenever a setting is changed or added.

After the settings have been loaded, retrieve them with csSettings::get() (returns a string value) or csSettings::getSetting() (returns a csSetting object)


To create a setting, you can add one in using a fixture, or using the DIY admin module interface (see below)

# in YAML fixture:
    name:             My Fake Setting
    type:             yesno                 # optional: defaults to 'input'
    setting_default:  'yes'                 # optional, defaults to empty string
    widget_options:   class=my-fake-setting # optional, more on this below

You can pull your setting into your project with the class method get. This takes either the name of your setting or the inflected name of your setting.

$value = csSettings::get('My Fake Setting');  // The name of your setting
$value = csSettings::get('my_fake_setting');  // This will also work

You can also use csSettings to call settings in your app.yml. By default, if the value passed to the get method is null, sfConfig is called:

$value = csSettings::get('this_setting_does_not_exist'); 
// If a csSetting does not exist with this name, this returns the same as:
$value = sfConfig::get('app_this_setting_does_not_exist');
// This also works:
$value = csSettings::get('This Setting Does Not Exist');     

Alternatively, the entire csSetting object can be returned by calling the class method getSetting:

$setting = csSettings::getSetting('my_fake_setting');

Admin Module

An admin module also exists for managing the settings in the database. you must enable the module in order to access it

# /apps/myapp/config/settings.yml
     enabled_modules:        [default, csSetting]

This module can be used to edit the variables as the plugin was originally built with the value for the setting being on the list page and editable from there, or it can behave like a normal admin-generated page. By default, you must be authenticated to edit the setting configurations themselves.

If you want to prevent validated users from editing the setting configurations, you can override the authMethod setting in your app.yml:

# /config/app.yml
     authMethod:        isSuperAdmin  # or whatever method you want called on myUser.  


  • id
  • Used as the primary key
  • name
  • Used as the variable name
  • Must be unique
  • type
    • checkbox
    • input
    • textbox
    • yesno
    • select
    • model
    • upload
    • richtext (needs sfCKEditorPlugin to work. If this plugin is not installed, textarea will be displayed)
  • widget_options
    • checkbox / input / textbox / yesno - sets HTML attributes of the widget
    • select
      • used as the array of options to select from
    • model
      • used to determine the model to chose from. Option "model" is required.
    • upload
      • upload_path: not required, but can be used to determine upload path.
  • group
  • organize your settings into groups for improved usability
  • setting_default
  • add a default value to your setting, allowing the user to restore the default for a single setting, or restore all setting defaults.
  • if no value is set for your setting initially, this value will be used
  • value
  • The value of the setting

Widget and Validator Customization

Not happy with the available options? Want to customize widgets and validators for your settings? Get your code gloves on. Lets say you have a setting called image_path that you want to validate in a certain way. You want to make sure the URL submitted is valid. You can accomplish this as follows:

# /path/to/project/lib/form/doctrine/csSettingsPlugin/csSettingForm.class.php 
function getImagePathSettingValidator()
    return new sfValidatorUrl();

Likewise, if you have a custom widget you can do the same like this:

# /path/to/project/lib/form/doctrine/csSettingsPlugin/csSettingForm.class.php 
function getImagePathSettingWidget()
    return new myCustomWidget();

You can even override the widgets and validators by their type. For instance, if you want to use the tinyMCE widget instead of the default CKEditor Widget, you could do something like this:

# /path/to/project/lib/form/doctrine/csSettingsPlugin/csSettingForm.class.php 
public function getRichTextSettingWidget()
    return new sfWidgetFormTextareaTinyMCE(array(), $this->getObject()->getOptionsArray());

This will use the TinyMCE widget and also include the options specified in the setting's widget_options property. The same is possible with validators:

# /path/to/project/lib/form/doctrine/csSettingsPlugin/csSettingForm.class.php 
public function getRichTextSettingValidator()
    return new sfValidatorHtml(array('strip_tags' => true)); 


Customize the cache handler for your settings using your app.yml. By default, sfNoCache is used.

# /config/app.yml
      class: sfFileCache
        automatic_cleaning_factor: 0
        cache_dir:                 %SF_TEMPLATE_CACHE_DIR%
        lifetime:                  86400
        prefix:                    %SF_APP_DIR%/template

Please contact bshafs at gmail dot com for any questions or suggestions.