Object modeling system for Kohana, inspired by Django
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A database modeling system for the Kohana framework (v3.0+).

Quick Start

Each model must:

  • extend the Sprig class
  • define a protected _init() method and set the field mappings

Example of a model:

class Model_Post extends Sprig {
    protected function _init()
        $this->_fields += array(
            'id' => new Sprig_Field_Auto,
            'title' => new Sprig_Field_Char,
            'blog' => new Sprig_Field_BelongsTo(array(
                'model' => 'Blog',
            'author' => new Sprig_Field_BelongsTo(array(
                'model' => 'User',
            'body' => new Sprig_Field_Text,
            'published' => new Sprig_Field_Boolean,

Interacting with models

Loading models is done with the Sprig::factory($name) method:

$post = Sprig::factory('post');

Loading models by calling new Model_Foo will not work! You must use the factory() method.


Model data is read using object properties:

$title = $post->title;
$body  = $post->body;

Model data is changed the same way:

$post->title = 'A New Title';

You can also use the values() method set many fields using an associative array:

    'title' => 'A New Title',

Create, Read, Update, and Delete (CRUD)

Reading records is done by setting the search values, then calling the load() method:

$post = Sprig::factory('post');
$post->id = 5;

if ($post->loaded())
    // Do something with the post

It is also possible to pre-populate the model using an array of values:

$post = Sprig::factory('post', array('id' => 10))

Creating new records is done using the create() method:

$post = Sprig::factory('post', array(
        'title'     => 'My First Blog Post',
        'body'      => 'Created using a Sprig model!',
        'published' => FALSE,

// Create a new blog post

If the model data does not satisfy the validation requirements, a Validate_Exception will be thrown. This exception should be caught and used to show the end user the error messages:

    // Create a new blog post
catch (Validate_Exception $e)
    // Get the errors using the Validate::errors() method
    $errors = $e->array->errors('blog/post');

Updating a record is done using the update() method:

if ($_POST)
    catch (Validate_Exception $e)
        $errors = $e->array->errors('blog/post');

Note that you must always call load() before update() or the query will not be built properly.

Deleting a record is done using the delete() method:



It is possible to generate a complete form very quickly using the inputs() method:

<?php foreach ($post->inputs() as $label => $input): ?>
    <dt><?php echo $label ?></dt>
    <dd><?php echo $input ?></dd>
<?php endforeach ?>

Each input will be populated with the current value of the field.

If you need the field name as the inputs() key instead of the label, use FALSE:

$inputs = $post->inputs(FALSE);

echo $inputs['title'];

Customizing the Form

Creating custom forms can by done using the input() method to create place individual fields:

<div class="post-title">
    <?php echo $post->input('title', array('class' => 'spellcheck fancy')) ?>
<div class="post-body">
    <?php echo $toolbar ?>
    <?php echo $post->input('body', array('class' => 'wysiwyg')) ?>

This allows much finer control of how your forms are displayed, at gives control over what fields will be updated.

Field Object Reference

Accessing a field object is done using the field() method:

$title = $post->field('title');

An array of fields can be accessed using the fields() method:

$fields = $post->fields();

Types of fields

Sprig offers most database column types as classes. Each field must extend the Sprig_Field class. Each field has the following properties:

empty : Allow empty() values to be used. Default is FALSE.

primary : A primary key field. Multiple primary keys (composite key) can be specified. Default is FALSE.

unique : This field must have a unique value within the model table. Default is FALSE.

null : Convert all empty() values to NULL. Default is FALSE.

editable : Show the field in forms. Default is TRUE.

default : Default value for this field. Default is '' (an empty string).

choices : Limit the value of this field to an array of choices. This will change the form input into a select list. No default value.

column : Database column name for this field. Default will be the same as the field name, except for foreign keys, which will use the field name with _id appended. In the case of HasMany fields, this value is the column name that contains the foreign key value.

label : Human readable label. Default will be the field name converted with Inflector::humanize().

description : Description of the field. Default is '' (an empty string).

filters : Validate filters for this field.

rules : Validate rules for this field.

callbacks : Validate callbacks for this field.


An auto-incrementing (sequence) field.

Implies primary = TRUE and editable = FALSE.


A boolean (TRUE/FALSE) field, representing by a checkbox.

Implies empty = TRUE and default = FALSE.


A single line of text, represented by a text input.

Also has the min_length and max_length properties.


A password, represented by a password input.

Also has the hash_with property, a callback used to hash new values.

Note: For security reasons, the input generated by a password field will never have a value attribute.


A float or decimal number, represented by a text input.

Also has the places property.


An integer number, represented with a text input (or a select input, if the choices property is set).

Also has the min_value and max_value properties.


A large block of text, represented by a textarea.


Extends Sprig_Field_Char, but requires the choices property.


Extends Sprig_Field_Char, but requires a valid email address as the value.


Extends Sprig_Field_Integer, but requires a valid UNIX timestamp as the value.

Also has the format (any string accepted by date) and auto_now_create and auto_now_update properties.


Extends Sprig_Field_Char, represents an image file.

Requires the path property, the path to the directory where images will be stored.


A reference to another model by the parent model primary key value. Does not produce a form input.

Has the model property, the name of another Sprig model.


A reference to another model by the child model primary key value. Represented by a select input.

Has the model property, the name of another Sprig model.


A reference to many other models by this model primary key value. Does not produce a form input.

Has the model property, the name of another Sprig model.


A reference to another model by a pivot table that contains the both primary keys. Represented by a list of checkbox inputs.

Has the model property, the name of another Sprig model.

Has the through property, the name of the pivot table. By default, uses both model names, sorted alphabetically and combined with an underscore. For example: a many-to-many relationship between Model_Post and Model_Tag would default to post_tag as the table name.