The Partial view helper is used to render a specified template within its own variable scope. The primary use is for reusable template fragments with which you do not need to worry about variable name clashes.

A sibling to the Partial, the PartialLoop view helper allows you to pass iterable data, and render a partial for each item.

PartialLoop Counter

The PartialLoop view helper gives access to the current position of the array within the view script via $this->partialLoop()->getPartialCounter(). This provides a way to have alternating colors on table rows, for example.

Basic Usage

Basic usage of partials is to render a template fragment in its own view scope. Consider the following partial script:

<?php // partial.phtml ?>
    <li>From: <?= $this->escapeHtml($this->from) ?></li>
    <li>Subject: <?= $this->escapeHtml($this->subject) ?></li>

You would then call it from your view script using the following:

<?= $this->partial('partial.phtml', [
    'from' => 'Team Framework',
    'subject' => 'view partials',
]); ?>

Which would then render:

    <li>From: Team Framework</li>
    <li>Subject: view partials</li>

What is a model?

A model used with the Partial view helper can be one of the following:

  • array: If an array is passed, it should be associative, as its key/value pairs are assigned to > the view with keys as view variables.
  • Object implementing toArray() method. If an object is passed an has a toArray() method, the results of toArray() will be assigned to the view object as view variables.
  • Standard object. Any other object will assign the results of get_object_vars() (essentially all public properties of the object) to the view object.

If your model is an object, you may want to have it passed as an object to the partial script, instead of serializing it to an array of variables. You can do this by setting the objectKey property of the appropriate helper:

// Tell partial to pass objects as 'model' variable

// Tell partial to pass objects from partialLoop as 'model' variable
// in final partial view script:

This technique is particularly useful when passing Zend\Db\ResultSet\ResultSets to partialLoop(), as you then have full access to your row objects within the view scripts, allowing you to call methods on them (such as retrieving values from parent or dependent rows).

Using PartialLoop to Render Iterable Models

Typically, you'll want to use partials in a loop, to render the same content fragment many times; this way you can put large blocks of repeated content or complex display logic into a single location. However this has a performance impact, as the partial helper needs to be invoked once for each iteration.

The PartialLoop view helper helps solve this issue. It allows you to pass an iterable item (array or object implementing Iterator) as the model. It then iterates over this, passing, the items to the partial script as the model. Items in the iterator may be any model the Partial view helper allows.

Let's assume the following partial view script:

<?php // partialLoop.phtml ?>
    <dt><?= $this->key ?></dt>
    <dd><?= $this->value ?></dd>

And the following "model":

$model = [
    ['key' => 'Mammal', 'value' => 'Camel'],
    ['key' => 'Bird', 'value' => 'Penguin'],
    ['key' => 'Reptile', 'value' => 'Asp'],
    ['key' => 'Fish', 'value' => 'Flounder'],

In your view script, you could then invoke the PartialLoop helper:

<?= $this->partialLoop('partialLoop.phtml', $model) ?>

Resulting in the following: