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Views make up the 'V' in MVC. Views allow you to separate your logic from your presentation layer instead of mixing them together in a single file. This allows you to easily change the look and feel of your application without having to change any of your logic.

View Engines

Leaf comes with support for 3 view engines designed by the team at Leaf:

EngineUse case
bareuiBlazing fast templating with no compile time
veinsLightweight but powerful templating engine
bladeLaravel blade templating engine for leaf

Leaf MVC and Leaf API come with Blade already installed and configured, but Skeleton comes with BareUI instead. Of course, you can use any templating engine you prefer with Leaf, but these templating engines are specifically created for Leaf but can be used outside Leaf apps as well.

You can find more information on the Views Docs Page

Defining Views

Views are defined in the app/views directory if you're using Leaf API/Leaf MVC or pages if you're using Skeleton. You can create subdirectories to organize your views.

  • Leaf MVC and Leaf API

    Leaf MVC and Leaf API come with a console tool that allows you to quickly create views. You can use the php leaf g:template command to create a view. This command will create a view file in the app/views directory.

    php leaf g:template home

    This will create a file called home.blade.php in the app/views directory.

  • Skeleton

    Skeleton comes with a pages directory that contains all of your views. To create a new view, simply create a new file in the pages directory. For example, if you wanted to create a view called home, you would create a file called home.view.php in the pages directory.

Rendering Views

Leaf ships a view method as an extension of functional mode. This method allows you to render a view/template found in the views directory. This method accepts two parameters:

  • The name of the view to render
  • Data to pass to the view
echo view('home', ['name' => 'John Doe']);

Notice that we pass the name of the view without the file extension. This is because Leaf will automatically append the correct file extension based on the view engine you're using.

Next Steps

You can continue learning about MVC with Leaf from the sidebar or check out the view engines below:

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