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Controlling Cacheability of Plugins' Output

Since Smarty-2.6.0 plugins the cacheability of plugins can be declared when registering them. The third parameter to register_block(), register_compiler_function() and register_function() is called $cacheable and defaults to TRUE which is also the behaviour of plugins in Smarty versions before 2.6.0

When registering a plugin with $cacheable=false the plugin is called everytime the page is displayed, even if the page comes from the cache. The plugin function behaves a little like an {insert} function.

In contrast to {insert} the attributes to the plugins are not cached by default. They can be declared to be cached with the fourth parameter $cache_attrs. $cache_attrs is an array of attribute-names that should be cached, so the plugin-function get value as it was the time the page was written to cache everytime it is fetched from the cache.

Example 14.10. Preventing a plugin's output from being cached

$smarty->caching = true;

function remaining_seconds($params, &$smarty) {
    $remain = $params['endtime'] - time();
    if($remain >= 0){
        return $remain . ' second(s)';
        return 'done';

$smarty->register_function('remaining', 'remaining_seconds', false, array('endtime'));

if (!$smarty->is_cached('index.tpl')) {
    // fetch $obj from db and assign...
    $smarty->assign_by_ref('obj', $obj);



where index.tpl is:

Time Remaining: {remaining endtime=$obj->endtime}


The number of seconds till the endtime of $obj is reached changes on each display of the page, even if the page is cached. Since the endtime attribute is cached the object only has to be pulled from the database when page is written to the cache but not on subsequent requests of the page.

Example 14.11. Preventing a whole passage of a template from being cached


$smarty->caching = 1;

function smarty_block_dynamic($param, $content, &$smarty) {
    return $content;
$smarty->register_block('dynamic', 'smarty_block_dynamic', false);



where index.tpl is:

Page created: {'0'|date_format:'%D %H:%M:%S'}


Now is: {'0'|date_format:'%D %H:%M:%S'}

... do other stuff ...



When reloading the page you will notice that both dates differ. One is dynamic one is static. You can do everything between {dynamic}...{/dynamic} and be sure it will not be cached like the rest of the page.

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