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Simple helper for CakePHP that detects if a link routes to the current controller and styles a list element accordingly.
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Preserve passed attributes
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Simple helper for CakePHP that detects if a link routes to the current controller and styles a list element accordingly.

Based off of MenuHelper by Malte Wassermann, but all I was using it for was to highlight menu items from the current controller so I figured I could do away with the regex and have the highlighting based off of the link's routes.


  • wraps all passed links with list <li> elements
  • detects if the passed link routes to the current controller, then applies a specified style to the list element


CakePHP >= 2.2

Install to app/View/Helper/.

For CakePHP 2.x before 2.2: you must replace Hash::merge() with Set::merge().


After installing you must include 'Menu' in the $helper array of any controllers you want to use it in. To have it available to all controllers, include 'Menu' in the $helper array in app/Controller/AppController.php.

In your controller:

// app/Controller/ExampleController.php
class ExampleController extends Controller {
public $helpers = array( ... , 'Menu')

In your view:

// app/View/Example/view.ctp
  <?php echo $this->Menu->item($this->Html->link('Home', '/home')); ?>
  <?php echo $this->Menu->item($this->Html->link('Example', '/example/add')); ?>
  <?php echo $this->Menu->item($this->Html->link('Example', array('controller' => 'example', 'action' => 'index')); ?>
  <?php echo $this->Menu->item($this->Html->link('Example', '/examplealternate')); ?>
  <?php echo $this->Menu->item($this->Html->link('About', '/about'), array('class' => 'specialClass')); ?>
  <?php echo $this->Menu->item($this->Html->link('Contact', array('controller' => 'contact', 'action' => 'index')); ?>

Assume you were navigated to http://yourapp/example/view, which is an action of your ExampleController. When the above code is executed the following would happen:

  • all the links would be of the form <li><a href="..."></a></li>, and any attributes passed for the <li> elements will be preserved
  • the links that route to ExampleController in app/Config/routes.php will have the specified class attached to the <li> element to signify the controller is currently active
  • links can be passed in string form, or array form, and will be properly detected as the current controller as long as the route is known by Cake
  • i.e. /examplealternate would also have the class attached to it assuming it was set to route to ExampleController in routes.php


  • I know how useful it would be to only apply the style to a link that routes to the controller and action
  • properly convert Malte's original regex version of MenuHelper to CakePHP 2.0


This code is licensed under the MIT license.

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