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Integrating Zend classes to Silverstripe


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16 July 2012 at 6:34am Community Member, 5 Posts


I'm would like to know how to integrate Zend libraries to Silverstripe? I would appreciate if somebody has a proper example.

Best regards.


16 July 2012 at 7:29pm Forum Moderator, 5511 Posts

Normally you can just put the libraries in a folder (our standard is to use thirdparty) and use a require() call. Several modules (including the core framework) include thirdparty (and specifically Zend) classes like this

A couple examples:

SS Config -
Twitter module -


17 July 2012 at 9:17pm Community Member, 5 Posts


btw. where is "the right place" to globally include the Zend Framework into SilverStripe? Embedding just in a controller file?


18 July 2012 at 4:39am Forum Moderator, 1091 Posts

For the frontend, the Page_Controller init() function is one of those places...


18 July 2012 at 5:35pm (Last edited: 18 July 2012 5:36pm), Forum Moderator, 5511 Posts

You should include it when you need it. If you only need it for 1 small function, include it in that function, otherwise you can include it in your _config.php file (so it's available early on) the issue with init() is that it is only called as part of the controller request process for *that* controller.