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Override a controller's view file locally in your plugin

by mjauvin, last modified on August 12th, 2019

Let's say you want to override a controller's view file (e.g. the Rainlab.Blog Posts controller):

  • copy the original view file into your plugin partials directory, under the posts folder.
  • modify the copied file to your liking
  • add the following code to the boot method of your Plugin registration file:
use Rainlab\Blog\Controllers\Posts;

public function boot()
    Posts::extend(function($controller) {
        list($author, $plugin) = explode('\\', strtolower(get_class()));
        $partials_path = sprintf('$/%s/%s/partials/posts', $author, $plugin);



Post on April 26th, 2019 7:31 PM

I use a similar override in some of my project, with one exception. I have found that Unix/Linux/Mac systems return class namespaces with \ instead of / which will produce errors on these machines. To fix this issue, I do a string replace on the path: $cleanPath = str_replace("\\", "/", $path);

Post on October 27th, 2019 1:20 PM

I am on Linux and "/" works fine for class separators

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