Pagination helper for Lithium - well a pretty basic one...
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The Lithium pagination plugin (Li3 Paginate) is a helper designed to make the pagination of records easier within the Lithium framework.


In order to make use of this plugin as is, you will need to include or allow a specific route in \app\config\routes.php. However you decide to do this, you will be required to include the :controller, :action and :page slugs.

An example route for pagination.


Another example route for pagination allowing arguments to be passed.


You may also be required (if you're lazy like me) to either extend the plugin:

{{{ class YourExtensionName extends \app\libraries\li3_paginate\extensions\helper\Paginator { // feel free to configure the default $config options array via __construct() here if you want to // standardize the way paginators behave throughout your app.

// This would be easier for many of you as opposed to having to re-configure them in every template that uses them.
// :)

} }}}

Possibly a bad idea ...

Alternatively you could include this plugin directly in your \app\config\bootstrap\libraries.php:


You will also be required to configure your controller action such that the following 3 variables are set namely: $limit, $page and $total as explained below.

An example of how to set the variables within your controller action.

class UsersController extends \lithium\action\Controller {

public function index() {
	$limit = 5; // limit the number of results per page
	$page = $this->request->page ?: 1; // determine the current page or set to 1 by default
	$order = array('created' => 'DESC'); // sort order
	$total = Users::count(); // count the no of documents/records
	$users = Users::all(compact('order','limit','page')); // the data to paginate
	return compact('users', 'total', 'page', 'limit');


View / Template

Now all you have to do to make use of the standard paginator class within your templates/views is:


Advanced Settings & Overrides

It's possible to override configuration setting options like so:

<?=$this->Paginator->paginate(array('separator' => ' : '));?> or `Paginator->config(array('separator' => ' : '));?>


Note: The configuration options are sticky so once set it will apply to all paginate method calls.

If you want to specify an opening and closing tag for each paginate element it can be defined insdie Paginator.php

Custom URLs can be configured by setting the controller and action settings like so:

<?=$this->Paginator->paginate(array('controller' => 'foo', 'action' => 'bar'));?>

will force the generated url to /foo/bar/page:1

Enjoy. Peace.