This is my own library of extensions, helpers and other stuff for Lithium (aka li3) framework. You can use, distribute or modify them under the terms of BSD license.

How to use?

Clone it from github and put it inside your libraries folder:

git clone git://

Add the following line in your config/bootstrap/libraries.php:


Session and Cookie classes

In lithium both sessions and cookies are handled through configurations for Session class and every time you call a Session method you need to pass a name option to specify which configuration you want to use.

To simplify it I extended the original Session class in the following classes:


This works just like original Session class except that if you don't pass configuration name it will use default configuration by default. Also there is a bonus flash method which is equivalent to calling read followed by delete.


This is the same as the above except that it uses cookie configuration by default.

Flash Message Helper

Using this helper you can show flash messages in your views usually after submitting forms.

Example usage:

Inside controller:

//using ali3\storage\Session
Session::write('Auth.message', 'Invalid password.');

Inside view:

echo $this->message->flash('Auth.message');
//output: <div class="message">Invalid password.</div>
echo $this->message->flash('Auth.message', array('id' => 'flash', 'class' => 'message error'));
//output: <div id="flash" class="message error">Invalid password.</div>

Database-enabled HTTP authentication adapter

This adapter provides basic HTTP authentication with users from database.

    'customer' => array(
        'adapter' => 'Http',
        'model' => 'Customer',
        'fields' => array('email', 'password')

This is actually a merger between Form and Http adapters. So all the features of Form adpater like filters and validators are also available in this adapter.

This adapter is backward compatible with the original Http adapter. In other words it doesn't use the database if you specify users array in the configurations.

Note that digest HTTP authentication only works when users array is provided and doesn't work with users from database.

Globalized Date Class

ali3\g11n\Date is an extented version of php's DateTime class with integrated IntlDateFormatter functionality which adds support for multiple calendars and locales provided by ICU project.

timezone, calendar, and locale options are defaulted to your application configurations retrieved from Environment class.

use ali3\g11n\Date;

// If you don't pass `$date` parameter, current time will be used.
$date = new Date();

// You can pass a `strtotime()` compatible string as `$date` parameter
$date = new Date('2011-03-08');
$date = new Date('2011-03-08 12:24:28');
$date = new Date('yesterday');

// You can pass a timestamp or a DateTime object as `$date` parameter
$date1 = new Date(time() - 86400);
$date2 = new Date($date1);

// This will output a localized formatted date, depending on your application configurations.
echo $date->format('yyyy-MM-dd hh:mm:ss');

// You can create a Date object from a localized date string depending on your app configs.
$date = new Date('۱۳۸۹-۱۲-۱۷ ۱۱:۳۳');

// you can override default options by passing any or all of the options.
$date = new Date('۱۳۸۹-۱۲-۱۷ ۱۱:۳۳', array('locale' => 'fa', 'calendar' => 'persian'));

// You can override options when formatting, without altering object's internal options.
echo $date->format('yyyy-MM-dd hh:mm:ss', array(
    'calendar' => 'gregorain',
    'locale' => 'en',
    'timezone' => 'UTC',

// You can alter object internal options

// And retrieve them
$locale = $date->locale();
$calendar = $date->calendar();

// All other php DateTime methods are available
$time = $date->getTimestamp();

// `modify` method is calendar-aware.
// It depends on the number of days in month/year of that specific calendar.
$date->modify('+1 year +2 month');

For more information on date pattern that Date::format() accepts see this:

Adaptable Config Class

It is very common that you store some of your application configurations in database or in configuration files (e.g. Website title, default template, default locale, etc.). And to avoid preformance leaks you need to cache your configurations in memory.

In such situations ali3's adaptable Config comes in handy.

To start using it, you need to add a config.php in your bootstrap:

use ali3\storage\Config;

    'default' => array(
        'adapter' => 'Db',
        'model' => 'Configs',
        'fields' => array('name', 'value'),
        'cache' => array(
            'name' => 'default'

If you didn't want to cache your configs just remove 'cache' from configuration options.

Now every where in your application you can use read(), write(), and delete() methods to access or modify your configs.

For example:

//To read a config:
$siteTitle = Config::read('default', 'site_title');
//To write a config:
Config::write('default', 'site_title', $newTitle);
//To delete a config:
Config::delete('default', 'site_title');

There is also shortcut methods for reading and writing configs:

//Using shortcut method to read a config named 'site_title':
$siteTitle = Config::siteTitle();
//Using shortcut method to write a config named 'site_title':

Using shortcut methods, always your first adapter configuration will be used. This is by design to make shortcuts shorter. Because in most of the cases just one adapter configuration is defined.

For now only Db adapter is available. but you can write your own adapters if needed. For example you can write an adapter to read configs from .ini files.

Data Grid

To create a data grid, first you need to create an instance of ali3\data\Grid inside your controller. Grid instances are descendants of \lithium\util\Collection and can be modified using each() method also can be encoded as json.

For example to create a grid of your Posts model first write the controller code:

use ali3\data\Grid;

class PostsController extends \lithium\action\Controller {

    public function index() {
        $posts = new Grid(array(
            'model' => 'Posts',
            'request' => $this->request,
            'conditions' => array('published' => true),
            'fields' => array('id', 'slug', 'title', 'body'),
        return compact('posts');

Then use grid helper inside the view file:

// You can modify $posts before rendering grid.
$context = $this;
$posts->each(function($row) use ($context) {
    if (str_len($row['body']) > 50) {
        $link = $context->html->link('...', array('Posts::view', 'slug' => $row['slug']));
        $row['body'] = substr($row['body'], 0, 50) . ' ' . $link;
    return $row;

// render method renders a grid using HTML table.
echo $this->grid->render($posts, array(
    'hidden' => array('id', 'slug'),
    'titles' => array('body' => 'Post Body'),
    'actions' => array(
        'view' => array(
            'url' => function($row) {
                return array('Posts::view', 'slug' => $row['slug']);
        'delete' => array(
            'confirm' => 'Are you sure you want to delete post "{:title}"?',

If you don't want the default table view write your own custom view:

foreach ($posts as $post) {
    echo 'Title: ' . $post['title'] . '<br />';
    echo 'Body: ' . $post['body'] . '<br />';
echo $this->grid->pages($posts);

G11n Translate Command

Using g11n translate command you can translate your messages template to other languages using Google Translate API.

All you need is just to use the console command li3 g11n translate. Then it asks for your catalog configuration and your Google API key then shows a list of available target languages for you to choose.

Note that there is a limitation of 100,000 characters per day to use Google Translate API.

FireLogger log adapter

FireLogger adapter allows you to log messages to FireLogger.

This allows you to inspect native PHP values and objects inside the FireBug console.

Because this adapter interacts directly with the Response object, some additional code is required to use it. The simplest way to achieve this is to add a filter to the Dispatcher. For example, the following can be placed in a bootstrap file:

use lithium\action\Dispatcher;
use lithium\analysis\Logger;

    'default' => array('adapter' => 'FireLogger')

Dispatcher::applyFilter('_call', function($self, $params, $chain) {
    if (isset($params['callable']->response)) {
    return $chain->next($self, $params, $chain);

This will cause the message and other debug settings added to the header of the response, where FireLogger is able to locate and print it accordingly. As this adapter implements the protocol specification directly, you don't need another vendor library to use it.

Now, you can use the logger in your application code (like controllers, views and models).

class PagesController extends \lithium\action\Controller {
    public function view() {
        Logger::error("Something bad happened!");

Because this adapter also has a queue implemented, it is possible to log messages even when the Response object is not yet generated. When it gets generated (and bound), all queued messages get flushed instantly.

Because FireLogger is not a conventional logging destination like a file or a database, you can pass everything to the logger and inspect it further in FireLogger. In fact, every message that is passed will be encoded via json_encode(), so check out this built-in method for more information on how your message will be encoded.

Logger::debug(array('debug' => 'me'));
Logger::debug(new \lithium\action\Response());