BladeOne is a standalone version of Blade Template Engine that uses a single php file and can be ported and used in different projects.

Introduction (From Laravel webpage)

Blade is the simple, yet powerful templating engine provided with Laravel. Unlike other popular PHP templating engines, Blade does not restrict you from using plain PHP code in your views. All Blade views are compiled into plain PHP code and cached until they are modified, meaning Blade adds essentially zero overhead to your application. Blade view files use the .blade.php file extension and are typically stored in the resources/views directory.

About this version

By standard, Blade is part of Laravel (Illuminate components) and for to use it, you requires to install Laravel and Illuminate-view components. Blade as a template engine is pretty nice and clear. Also it generates a (some that) clean code. And its starting to be considered a de-facto template system for php (Smarty has been riding off the sunset since years ago). So, if we are able to use it without Laravel then its a big plus for many projects. In fact, in theory its is even possible to use with Laravel. Exists different version of Blade Template that runs without Laravel but most requires 50 or more files and those templates add a new level of complexity:

  • More files to manages.
  • Changes to the current project (if you want to integrate the template into an existent one)
  • Incompatibilities amongst other projects.
  • Slowness (if your server is not using op-cache)
  • Most of the code in the original Blade is used for future use, including the chance to use a different template engine.
  • Some Laravel legacy code.

This project uses a single file called BladeOne.php and a single class (called BladeOne). If you want to use it then include it, creates the folders and that's it!. Nothing more (not even namespaces)*[]:



include "BladeOne.php";
Use eftec\bladeone;

$views = __DIR__ . '/views';
$cache = __DIR__ . '/cache';
define("BLADEONE_MODE",1); // (optional) 1=forced (test),2=run fast (production), 0=automatic, default value.
$blade=new bladeone\BladeOne($views,$cache);
echo $blade->run("hello",array("variable1"=>"value1"));

Or using composer's autoload.php

require "vendor/autoload.php";

Use eftec\bladeone;

$views = __DIR__ . '/views';
$cache = __DIR__ . '/cache';
define("BLADEONE_MODE",1); // (optional) 1=forced (test),2=run fast (production), 0=automatic, default value.
$blade=new bladeone\BladeOne($views,$cache);
echo $blade->run("hello",array("variable1"=>"value1"));

(modify composer.json as follow) and run "composer update"

"autoload": {
  "psr-4": {
    "eftec\\": "vendor/eftec/"

Where $views is the folder where the views (templates not compiled) will be stored. $cache is the folder where the compiled files will be stored.

In this example, the BladeOne opens the template hello. So in the views folders it should exists a file called hello.blade.php



Template tags

Template Inheritance

In the master page (layout)

Tag Note status
@section('sidebar') Start a new section 0.2b ok
@show Indicates where the content of section will be displayed 0.2 ok
@yield('title') Show here the content of a section 0.2b ok

Using the master page (using the layout)

Tag Note status
@extends('layouts.master') Indicates the layout to use 0.2b ok
@section('title', 'Page Title') Sends a single text to a section 0.2b ok
@section('sidebar') Start a block of code to send to a section 0.2b ok
@endsection End a block of code 0.2b ok
@parent Show the original code of the section REMOVED(*)

Note :(*) This feature is in the original documentation but its not implemented neither its required. May be its an obsolete feature.


Tag Note status
{{$variable1}} show the value of the variable using htmlentities (avoid xss attacks) 0.2b ok
@{{$variable1}} show the value of the content directly (not evaluated, useful for js) 0.2b ok
{!!$variable1!!} show the value of the variable without htmlentities (no escaped) 0.2b ok
{{ $name or 'Default' }} value or default 0.2b ok


Tag Note status
@if (boolean) if logic-conditional 0.2b ok
@elseif (boolean) else if logic-conditional 0.2b ok
@else else logic 0.2b ok
@endif end if logic 0.2b ok
@unless(boolean) execute block of code is boolean is false 0.2b ok


Tag Note status
@for($i = 0; $i < 10; $i++) for loop 0.2b ok
@endfor end of for loop 0.2b ok
@foreach($array as $obj) foreach loop 0.2b ok
@endforeach end of foreach loop 0.2b ok
@forelse($array as $obj) inverse foreach loop not tested
@empty if forelse loop is empty the executes the next block not tested
@endforelse end of forelse block not tested
@while(boolean) while loop not tested
@endwhile end while loop not tested

Sub Views

Tag Note status
@include('folder.template') Include a template 0.2b ok
@include('folder.template',['some' => 'data']) Include a template with new variables 0.2b ok
@each('', $array, 'variable') Includes a template for each element of the array 0.2b ok

Note: Templates called folder.template is equals to folder/template


Tag Note status
{{-- text --}} Include a comment 0.2b ok


Tag Note status
@push('elem') Add the next block to the push stack 0.2b ok
@endpush End the push block 0.2b ok
@stack('elem') Show the stack 0.2b ok

Service Inject

Tag Note status
@inject('metrics', 'App\Services\MetricsService') Used for insert a Laravel Service NOT SUPPORTED

Extending Blade

Not compatible with the extension of Laravel's Blade.

New Tags HTML (Only for BladeOne)

For using this tag, the code requires to use the class BladeOneHtml


    @selectitem('0','--Select a country--')

@selectonemenu creates the select tag. The first value is the id and name of the tag. @selectitem allows to add one element option tag. The first value is the id and the second is the visible text @selectitems allows to add one list of elements option tag. The first value is the list of values, the second and third is the id and name. And the fourth one is the selected value (optional)




@input creates a input tag. The first value is the id/name, the second is the default value, the third is the type (by default is text for textbox)*[]:

Extra Parameter

Additionally, you can add an (optional) last parameter with additional value (see the example of @selectonemenu)

 <!-- code using bootstrap -->
 <div class="form-group">
  <label for="sel1">Select list:</label>
            @selectitem('0','--Select a country--',"class='form-control'")

New Tags added by BladeOneLogic

Defintion of Blade Template

For using this tag, the code requires to use the class BladeOneLogic that extends the class BladeOne. The code extends the class BladeOneHtml by creating a daisy chain.

switch / case

Example:(the indentation is not required)

        first country selected<br>
        second country selected<br>
        other country selected<br>

Defintion of Blade Template


  • Some features are missing , with bugs or not tested but the basic ones are working.
  • @each could be optimized.
  • There are several tags of undocumented features of the original Blade code.
  • Extending BladeOne opens a world of opportunities. May be a bladeone-bootstrap3 class in the future.
  • Speed up the loading of compiled templates.

Differences between Blade and BladeOne

  • Laravel's extension removed.
  • Dependencies to other class removed.
  • All operations use a unique class. Not more Arr and Str classes
  • The engine is self contained.
  • Setter and Getters removed. Instead, we are using the PHP style (public members).


  • 2016-06-08 0.2. Beta First publish launch.
  • 2016-06-09 1.0 Version. Most works. Added extensions and error control with a tag is not defined.
  • 2016-06-09 1.1 Some fine tune.
  • 2016-06-10 1.2 New changes. Added namespaces (for autocomplete and compatibility with composer)



You are welcome to use it, share it, ask for changes and whatever you want to. Just keeps the copyright notice in the file.


I checked the code of BladeOne and i know that there are a lot of room for improvement.


MIT License. BladeOne (c) 2016 Jorge Patricio Castro Castillo Blade (c) 2012 Laravel Team (This code is based and use the work of the team of Laravel.)