# Settings

At some point while making an extension, you might want to read some of the forum's settings or store certain settings specific to your extension. Thankfully, Flarum makes this very easy.

# The Settings Repository

Reading or changing settings can be done using an implementation of the SettingsRepositoryInterface. Because Flarum uses Laravel's service container (opens new window) (or IoC container) for dependency injection, you don't need to worry about where to obtain such a repository, or how to instantiate one. Instead, you can rely on the container to instantiate your class and inject the correct dependencies.

<?php

namespace acme\HelloWorld\ExampleDir;

use Flarum\Settings\SettingsRepositoryInterface;

class ClassInterfacesWithSettings
{
    /**
     * @var SettingsRepositoryInterface
     */
    protected $settings;

    public function __construct(SettingsRepositoryInterface $settings)
    {
        $this->settings = $settings;
    }
}

Great! Now the SettingsRepositoryInterface is available through $this->settings to our class.

# Reading Settings

To read settings, all we have to do is use the repository's get() function:

$this->settings->get('forum_title')

The get() function accepts two arguments:

  1. The name of the setting you are trying to read.
  2. (Optional) A default value if no value has been stored for such a setting. By default, this will be null.

# Storing Settings

Storing settings ist just as easy, use the set() function:

$this->settings->set('forum_title', 'Super Awesome Forum')

The set function also accepts two arguments:

  1. The name of the setting you are trying to change.
  2. The value you want to store for this setting.

# Other Functions

The all() function returns an array of all known settings.

The delete($name) function lets you remove a named setting.

# Settings in the Frontend

# Editing Settings

To learn more about managing settings through the admin dashboard, see the relevant documentation.

# Accessing Settings

All settings are available in the admin frontend via the app.data.settings global. However, this is not done in the forum frontend, as anyone can access it, and you wouldn't want to leak all your settings! (Seriously, that could be a very problematic data breach).

Instead, if we want to use settings in the forum frontend, we'll need to serialize them and send them alongside the initial forum data payload.

This can be done via the Settings extender. For example:

extend.php

use Flarum\Extend;

return [
   (new Extend\Settings)
      ->serializeToForum('myCoolSetting', 'my.cool.setting.key')
      ->serializeToForum('myCoolSettingModified', 'my.cool.setting.key', function ($retrievedValue) {
        // This third argument is optional, and allows us to pass the retrieved setting through some custom logic.
        // In this example, we'll append a string to it.

        return "My Cool Setting: $retrievedValue";
      }),
]

Now, the my.cool.setting.key setting will be accessible in the frontend as app.forum.attribute("myCoolSetting"), and our modified value will be accessible via app.forum.attribute("myCoolSettingModified").

Last Updated: 12/15/2020, 1:20:14 AM