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Assetic is an asset management framework for PHP.

$js = new AssetCollection(array(
    new GlobAsset('/path/to/js/*'),
    new FileAsset('/path/to/another.js'),

// the code is merged when the asset is dumped
echo $js->dump();

Alternatively, you can iterate over the collection and work with each asset individually.

// each asset "leaf" is dumped
foreach ($js as $leaf) {
    echo $leaf->dump();


Filters can be applied to manipulate assets.

$css = new AssetCollection(array(
    new FileAsset('/path/to/src/styles.less', array(new LessFilter())),
    new GlobAsset('/path/to/css/*'),
), array(
    new Yui\CssCompressorFilter('/path/to/yuicompressor.jar'),

// this will echo CSS compiled by LESS and compressed by YUI
echo $css->dump();

The filters applied to the collection will cascade to each asset leaf if you iterate over it.

foreach ($css as $leaf) {
    // each leaf is compressed by YUI
    echo $leaf->dump();

The core provides the following filters in the Assetic\Filter namespace:

  • CoffeeScriptFilter: compiles CoffeeScript into Javascript
  • CssRewriteFilter: fixes relative URLs in CSS assets when moving to a new URL
  • GoogleClosure\CompilerApiFilter: compiles Javascript using the Google Closure Compiler API
  • GoogleClosure\CompilerJarFilter: compiles Javascript using the Google Closure Compiler JAR
  • LessFilter: parses LESS into CSS
  • StylusFilter: parses STYL into CSS
  • Sass\SassFilter: parses SASS into CSS
  • Sass\ScssFilter: parses SCSS into CSS
  • SprocketsFilter: Sprockets Javascript dependency management
  • Yui\CssCompressorFilter: compresses CSS using the YUI compressor
  • Yui\JsCompressorFilter: compresses Javascript using the YUI compressor

Asset Manager

An asset manager is provided for organizing assets.

$am = new AssetManager();
$am->set('jquery', new FileAsset('/path/to/jquery.js'));
$am->set('base_css', new GlobAsset('/path/to/css/*'));

The asset manager can also be used to reference assets to avoid duplication.

$am->set('my_plugin', new AssetCollection(array(
    new AssetReference($am, 'jquery'),
    new FileAsset('/path/to/jquery.plugin.js'),

Asset Factory

If you'd rather not create all these objects by hand, you can use the asset factory, which will do most of the work for you.

$factory = new AssetFactory('/path/to/web');

$css = $factory->createAsset(array(
    '@reset',         // load the asset manager's "reset" asset
    'css/src/*.scss', // load everything in the core directory
), array(
    'scss',           // filter through the filter manager's "scss" filter
    '?yui_css',       // don't use this filter in debug mode

echo $css->dump();

Prefixing a filter name with a question mark, as yui_css is here, will cause that filter to be omitted when the factory is in debug mode.


A simple caching mechanism is provided to avoid unnecessary work.

$yui = new Yui\JsCompressorFilter('/path/to/yuicompressor.jar');
$js = new AssetCache(
    new FileAsset('/path/to/some.js', array($yui)),
    new FilesystemCache('/path/to/cache')

// the YUI compressor will only run on the first call

Static Assets

Alternatively you can just write filtered assets to your web directory and be done with it.

$writer = new AssetWriter('/path/to/web');


To use the Assetic Twig extension you must register it to your Twig environment:

$twig->addExtension(new AsseticExtension($factory, $debug));

Once in place, the extension exposes an assetic tag with a syntax similar to what the asset factory uses:

{% assets '/path/to/sass/main.sass' filter='sass,?yui_css' output='css' %}
    <link href="{{ asset_url }}" type="text/css" rel="stylesheet" />
{% endassets %}

This example will render one link element on the page that includes a URL where the filtered asset can be found.

When the extension is in debug mode, this same tag will render multiple link elements, one for each asset referenced by the css/src/*.sass glob. The specified filters will still be applied, unless they are marked as optional using the ? prefix.

This behavior can also be triggered by setting a debug attribute on the tag:

{% assets 'css/*' debug=true %} ... {% endassets %}

These assets need to be written to the web directory so these URLs don't return 404 errors.

$am = new LazyAssetManager($factory);

// loop through all your templates
$loader = new Twig\FormulaLoader($twig);
foreach ($templates as $template) {

$writer = new AssetWriter('/path/to/web');

Assetic is based on the Python webassets library (available on GitHub).