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The page corresponding to the latest stable release can be seen in the Jelix 1.8 Manual


Controller objects run actions corresponding to client-input.

Actions are methods of the controller that prepare a response.

Each controller is dedicated to one client-request type.

Naming conventions


Controllers are sorted per-module on the file-system, in the controllers directory. Each should have a unique prefix and suffix :


For example, the foo controller usable on classic client-requests :


Class name

All controller class name should use suffix Ctrl.

For example, the foo controller class name should be :


Creating a controller

Each module should have a defined default controller.

For example, the first controller that you might want to create :

exampleModule/controllers/default.classic.php # class : defaultCtrl

Skeleton :

// Each controller class should inherit from jController
class defaultCtrl extends jController {
         * Each of the controllers action has one method :
         * - it should be public,
         * - it should not expect any argument,
         * - it should return an instance of jResponse.
         * For example :
         public function index(){
            $resp = $this->getResponse('html');
                $resp->addContent('<p>Hello world</p>');
                return $resp;

Your project is usable with this controller because it can return responses to client queries :

  • controller "default" exists,
  • method "index" exists in the default controller.

Services provided by jController

It provides methods for your actions.

Fetch a jResponse object

Actions return jResponse objects which implements to "View" of the MVC pattern. Jelix supplies several response objects, and you can make your own inheriting from jResponse.

Fetching a precise jReponse object with method getResponse require passing the keyword corresponding to the client request type :

$resp = $this->getResponse('html');

$resp is now an instance of jResponseHtml capable of generating HTML.

Notice that you can create your own response object. You can then support a new output format, or you can overload an existing response object to do some things shared between many actions. For example, you can create your own response HTML which generates dynamically a menu. Then, in all actions where you use this respones, you will have this menu. See the page which explains how to do this.

Accessing client-request parameters

HTTP client-request parameters are accessible through an instance of jRequest, which is accessible from jCoordinator. For example :

$id = $GLOBALS['gJCoord']->request->getParam('id');

Altough jController provides the method param() :

$id = $this->param('id');

Fetching an undefined parameter makes param() to return null or it's second argument for example :

$title = $this->param('title','Hello World (default title)');

It provides a few filtering methods like intParam(), floatParam() or boolParam() which use the same arguments :

  • intParam() to fetch an integer,
  • floatParam() to fetch a float value,
  • boolParam() returns false except if the parameter's string value is :
    • true,
    • 1,
    • on,
    • yes.

Use 'jFilter' for any other type of filtering.