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The {php} tags allow PHP code to be embedded directly into the template. They will not be escaped, regardless of the $php_handling setting. This is for advanced users only, not normally needed and not recommended.

Technical Note

To access PHP variables in {php} blocks you will need to use the PHP global keyword.

Example 7.28. php code within {php} tags

   // including a php script directly from the template.


Example 7.29. {php} tags with global and assigning a variable

{* this template includes a {php} block that assign's the variable $varX *}
   global $foo, $bar;
   if($foo == $bar){
     echo 'This will be sent to browser';
  // assign a variable to Smarty
{* output the variable *}
<strong>{$varX}</strong> is my fav ice cream :-)


See also $php_handling, {include_php}, {include}, {insert} and componentized templates.

by Bojan on Apr 27, 2012 at 10:34
Do not forget to include global $smarty inside {php} tags!
by greg on Dec 13, 2011 at 10:35
isn't this deprecated now? what is the substitute for file includes?
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