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Class: Jaxon for CakePHP
This package integrates the Jaxon library into the
Author: By
Last change: Updated to support CakePHP 4.
Updated with latest changes on CakePHP 3.
Added a Logger class.
Updated the readme.
Date: 1 year ago
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Jaxon Library for CakePHP

This package integrates the Jaxon library into the CakePHP framework, versions 3 and 4.


  • Read Jaxon options from a file in CakePHP config format.
  • Automatically register Jaxon classes from a preset directory.


First install CakePHP version 3 or 4.

For CakePHP 4, install the version 3.2.* of the Jaxon plugin, and for CakePHP 3, installe the version 3.1.*. Add the the following content in the composer.json file and run composer install.

    "require": {
        "jaxon-php/jaxon-cake": "3.2.*",

Register the Jaxon plugin in the vendor/cakephp-plugins.php file.

return [
    'plugins' => [
        'Jaxon/Cake' => $baseDir . '/vendor/jaxon-php/jaxon-cake/',

Load the Jaxon plugin.

./bin/cake plugin load "Jaxon/Cake"

If you need to call Jaxon in your controller, you must also load the Jaxon component.



The settings in the config/jaxon.php config file are separated into two sections. The options in the lib section are those of the Jaxon core library, while the options in the app sections are those of the CakePHP application.

The following options can be defined in the app section of the config file.

| Name | Description | |------|---------------| | directories | An array of directory containing Jaxon application classes | | views | An array of directory containing Jaxon application views | | | | |

By default, the views array is empty. Views are rendered from the framework default location. There's a single entry in the directories array with the following values.

| Name | Default value | Description | |------|---------------|-------------| | directory | ROOT . '/jaxon/App' | The directory of the Jaxon classes | | namespace | \Jaxon\App | The namespace of the Jaxon classes | | separator | . | The separator in Jaxon class names | | protected | empty array | Prevent Jaxon from exporting some methods | | | | |


This is an example of a CakePHP controller using the Jaxon library.

namespace App\Controller;

class DemoController extends AppController
    // Remove the return type (void) if you are using CakePHP 3.
    public function initialize(): void
        // Load the Jaxon component

    public function index()
        $this->set('jaxonCss', $this->Jaxon->css());
        $this->set('jaxonJs', $this->Jaxon->js());
        $this->set('jaxonScript', $this->Jaxon->script());

Before it prints the page, the controller calls the $this->Jaxon->css(), $this->Jaxon->js() and $this->Jaxon->script() functions to get the CSS and javascript codes generated by Jaxon, which it inserts into the page.

The Jaxon classes

The Jaxon classes can inherit from \Jaxon\CallableClass. By default, they are located in the ROOT/jaxon/App dir of the CakePHP application, and the associated namespace is \Jaxon\App.

This is an example of a Jaxon class, defined in the ROOT/jaxon/App/HelloWorld.php file.

namespace Jaxon\App;

class HelloWorld extends \Jaxon\CallableClass
    public function sayHello()
        $this->response->assign('div2', 'innerHTML', 'Hello World!');
        return $this->response;

Request processing

By default, the Jaxon request are handled by the controller in the src/Controller/JaxonController.php file. The /jaxon route is defined in the config/routes.php file, and linked to the JaxonController::index() method.


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The package is licensed under the BSD license.