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Fluid Components

This TYPO3 extensions puts frontend developers in a position to create encapsulated components in pure Fluid. By defining a clear interface (API) for the integration, frontend developers can implement components independent of backend developers. The goal is to create presentational components which have no side effects and aren't responsible for data acquisition. The sole concern of a presentational component should be how things look.

Authors & Sponsors

The development and the public-releases of this package is generously sponsored by my employer


This TYPO3 extension is available via packagist:

composer require sitegeist/fluid-components

Alternatively, you can install the extension from TER:

TER: fluid_components

After that, proceed with Getting Started

What does it do?

Fluid templates usually consist of three parts:

  • Templates,
  • Layouts, which structure and wrap the markup defined in the template, and
  • Partials, which contain markup snippets to be reused in different templates.

In addition, ViewHelpers provide basic control structures and encapsulate advanced rendering and data manipulation that would otherwise not be possible. They are defined as PHP classes.

The extension adds another ingredient to Fluid: Components.

What are components?

Fluid components are similar to ViewHelpers. The main difference is that they can be defined solely in Fluid. In a way, they are quite similar to Fluid's partials, but they have a few advantages:

  • They provide a clear interface via predefined parameters. The implementation is encapsulated in the component. You don't need to know what the component does internally to be able to use it.
  • With semantic component names your templates get more readable. This gets even better with atomic design or similar approaches.
  • They can easily be used across different TYPO3 extensions because they utilize Fluid's namespaces. No partialRootPath needed.

How do components look like?

The following component implements a simple teaser element:


    <fc:param name="title" type="string" />
    <fc:param name="description" type="string" />
    <fc:param name="link" type="string" />
    <fc:param name="icon" type="string" optional="1" />
    <fc:param name="theme" type="string" optional="1">light</fc:param>

        <a href="{link}" class="{component.class} {component.class}-{theme}">
            <h3 class="{component.prefix}title">{title}</h3>
            <p class="{component.prefix}description">{description}</p>

            <f:if condition="{icon}">
                <i class="icon icon-{icon} {component.prefix}icon"></i>

Use the following code in your template to render a teaser about TYPO3:

{namespace my=VENDOR\MyExtension\Components}
    description="The professional, flexible Content Management System"

The result is the following HTML:

<a href="" class="smsExampleTeaser smsExampleTeaser-light">
    <h3 class="smsExampleTeaser_title">TYPO3</h3>
    <p class="smsExampleTeaser_description">The professional, flexible Content Management System</p>

    <i class="icon icon-typo3 smsExampleTeaser_icon"></i>

(improved indentation for better readability)

Why should I use components?

  • Components encourage markup reusage and refactoring. Only the component knows about its implementation details. As long as the interface stays compatible, the implementation can change.
  • Components can be a tool to enforce design guidelines. If the component's implementation respects the guidelines, they are respected everywhere the component is used.
  • Components formalize and improve communication. Frontend developers and integrators agree on a clearly defined interface instead of debating implementation details.
  • Components reduce dependencies. Frontend developers can work independent of integrators and backend developers.

Getting Started

  1. Install the extension

  2. Define the component namespace in your ext_localconf.php:

    $GLOBALS['TYPO3_CONF_VARS']['EXTCONF']['fluid_components']['namespaces']['VENDOR\\MyExtension\\Components'] =
    	\TYPO3\CMS\Core\Utility\ExtensionManagementUtility::extPath('my_extension', 'Resources/Private/Components');

    Use your own vendor name for VENDOR, extension name for MyExtension, and extension key for my_extension.

  3. Create your first component in EXT:my_extension/Resources/Private/Components/ by creating a directory MyComponent containing a file MyComponent.html

  4. Define your component according to How do components look like? as well as the Documentation.

  5. Render your component by including the namespace and calling the component by its name:

    {namespace my=VENDOR\MyExtension\Components}
    <my:myComponent someParameter="someValue" />


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