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Jaxon Library for CakePHP

This package integrates the Jaxon library into the CakePHP 3 framework.


  • Read Jaxon options from a file in CakePHP config format.
  • Automatically register Jaxon classes from a preset directory.


First install CakePHP version 3.

Create the composer.json file into the installation dir with the following content.

    "require": {
        "jaxon-php/jaxon-cake": "~2.0",

Add the Jaxon plugin in the vendor/cakephp-plugins.php file.

return [
    'plugins' => [
        'Jaxon/Cake' => $baseDir . '/vendor/jaxon-php/jaxon-cake/',

Load the Jaxon plugin in the controller or in the bootstrap file.

Plugin::load('Jaxon/Cake', array('autoload' => true, 'routes' => true));

Load the Jaxon component in the controller.



The settings in the config/jaxon.php config file are separated into two sections. The options in the lib section are those of the Jaxon core library, while the options in the app sections are those of the CakePHP application.

The following options can be defined in the app section of the config file.

Name Description
classes An array of directory containing Jaxon application classes
views An array of directory containing Jaxon application views

By default, the views array is empty. Views are rendered from the framework default location. There's a single entry in the classes array with the following values.

Name Default value Description
directory ROOT . '/jaxon/Controller' The directory of the Jaxon classes
namespace \Jaxon\App The namespace of the Jaxon classes
separator . The separator in Jaxon class names
protected empty array Prevent Jaxon from exporting some methods


This is an example of a CakePHP controller using the Jaxon library.

namespace App\Controller;

class DemoController extends AppController
    public function initialize()
        // Load the Jaxon component

    public function index()
        // Call the Jaxon module

        $this->set('jaxonCss', $this->Jaxon->css());
        $this->set('jaxonJs', $this->Jaxon->js());
        $this->set('jaxonScript', $this->Jaxon->script());

Before it prints the page, the controller makes a call to $this->Jaxon->register() to export the Jaxon classes. Then it calls the $this->Jaxon->css(), $this->Jaxon->js() and $this->Jaxon->script() functions to get the CSS and javascript codes generated by Jaxon, which it inserts into the page.

The Jaxon classes

The Jaxon classes must inherit from \Jaxon\Sentry\Armada. By default, they are located in the ROOT/jaxon/Classes dir of the CakePHP application, and the associated namespace is \Jaxon\App.

This is an example of a Jaxon class, defined in the ROOT/jaxon/Classes/HelloWorld.php file.

namespace Jaxon\App;

class HelloWorld extends \Jaxon\Sentry\Armada
    public function sayHello()
        $this->response->assign('div2', 'innerHTML', 'Hello World!');
        return $this->response;

Check the jaxon-examples package for more examples.

Request processing

By default, the Jaxon request are handled by the controller in the src/Controller/JaxonController.php file. The /jaxon route is defined in the config/routes.php file, and linked to the JaxonController::index() method.

The request processing can be customized by extending the default controller and overloading the following method.

  • public function initInstance($instance): called for any Jaxon class instanciated.
  • public function beforeRequest($instance, $method, &$bEndRequest): called before processing the request.
  • public function afterRequest($instance, $method): called after processing the request.

See https://www.jaxon-php.org/docs/armada/bootstrap.html for more information about processing callbacks.


  • Issue Tracker: github.com/jaxon-php/jaxon-cake/issues
  • Source Code: github.com/jaxon-php/jaxon-cake


The package is licensed under the BSD license.