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SS3 (3.02) SOLVED how to use custom php classes in templates

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Community Member, 6 Posts

25 October 2012 at 10:27am

Edited: 25/10/2012 10:29am


I would like to use a custom class in a template. As far as I could find out, one needs to do the following:

1. Store the custom class in the mysite folder:


Next, Silverstripe should automatically load those classes as far as I understood the help pages:

2. Class itself:

class TestClass {

function showMeSomething() {
$output = "I am a test message";
return $output;

} // end class TestClass


3. Template

I tried many ways:


<% control TestClass %>
<% end_control %>


What am I misunderstanding? How can I run my own classes within templates?

Do I have to attach it to an silverstripe object (extend class) --> what would be the most basic class to extend and how can I access the methods?

Do I need to create a controller class additionally --> how would I access the controller then?

Your help will be very appreciated!

Best wishes, A.


Community Member, 7 Posts

25 October 2012 at 1:41pm

Hey there,

You might want to take a look at the template documentation on Custom Template Variables and Controls.

I hope this helps.


Community Member, 6 Posts

25 October 2012 at 9:33pm


Yes, I am aware of this article and I fully understand the integration of classes within the ›Framework‹.

My question is nevertheless still open: I would like to know how I can use my own classes within templates without using the Page Class.

Maybe that's not possible. That's what I want to know.

If it is not possible, I would like to know if there is a more ›primitive Silverstripe Class‹ I could use. Or does it have to be the Page Class?

Whatever, I couldn't find a clear article in the Help Section about this topic at all.

If somebody can help - it will be truly appreciated!

Best wishes, A.


Community Member, 83 Posts

26 October 2012 at 12:07am

hi nantoga,

i would do it roughly like this:

in .ss

<div style="background: red;">

in page_controller:

public function showit() {
     $t = new TestClass();
     $text = $t->showMeSomething(); 
     return new ArrayData(array("Text" => $text));    

I hope that this works.


Community Member, 6 Posts

31 October 2012 at 1:35pm

Thx! That helps to understand the usage of custom code within silverstripe