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Pimcore Placeholders are useful when you have a text (e.g. a wysiwyg editor) and you want to embed dynamic values within this text.

Most of the time you will use Placeholders in combination with Email Documents and the Pimcore\Mail Class.


  • PLACEHOLDERNAME: This is the last Part of the Placeholder class name E.g.: To use the Placeholder Pimcore\Placeholder\Object you would type %Object(key,params);
  • PARAMETERKEY: This is the key of the parameter-array that you pass as second parameter to the "replacePlaceholders" method.
  • JSON-CONFIG: You can pass a Json-Config to the Placeholder. (It depends on the Placeholder if the config is used)

Example Usage

Lets assume you have a text "Thank you for the order of "PRODUCTNAME"" and you want replace "PRODUCTNAME" with the real Product name.

The following code-snippet replaces the Placeholder "%Object(...);" with the Product name.

$text = 'Thank you for the order of "%Object(object_id,{"method" : "getName"});"';
$placeholder = new \Pimcore\Placeholder();
echo $replaced = $placeholder->replacePlaceholders($text, ['object_id' => 73613, 'locale' => 'de_DE']);

More Detailed:

The replacePlaceholders() method accepts 3 parameter:

  • First one: The text that contains the placeholders which should be replaced or a document (the document is rendered to HTML)
  • Second: The dynamic parameter for replacement
  • Third: A document. This parameter is useful when you pass a plain text and you need values from a document in the placeholder object. In the placeholder object you can access the document with $this->getDocument()

When you call the replacePlaceholders() method, it determines the placeholders and creates the corresponding placeholder object.

Implemented Placeholders

Pimcore ships with two placeholder implementations.

Create your own Placeholders

You can also create your own placeholder. By default it is assumed that your individual placeholders are located in /website/lib/Website/Placeholder/YourPlaceholder.php.

If you want to change the default placeholder location you can call Pimcore\Placeholder::addPlaceholderClassPrefix(...) to change the location (make sure you set them before any individual placeholder is called). E.g. for \Pimcore\Placeholder::addPlaceholderClassPrefix('Website\Tool\'); -> the placeholder location would be /website/lib/Website/Tool/YourPlaceholder.php

Now we assume that we want to create a simple Placeholder that replaces the data of a person.

Therefore we create a new class that extends Pimcore\Placeholder\AbstractPlaceholder. Our class has to implement at least 2 methods getTestValue() and getReplacement().

  • The getReplacement() method has to return the value that should be used for the replacement of the placeholder.
  • The getTestValue() method should return a value for testing purpose. Note: The getTestValue() is currently not in use but in upcoming releases it will be used for test replacements.
namespace Website\Placeholder;
use Pimcore\Placeholder;
class Person extends Placeholder\AbstractPlaceholder
    public function getTestValue()
        $value = '';
        switch ($this->getPlaceholderKey()) {
            case 'firstName' :
                $value = 'Homer';
            case 'lastName' :
                $value = 'Simpson';
        return '<span class="testValue">' . $value . ' </span>';
    public function getReplacement()
        $value = $this->getValue();
        //$document would contain the document that we passed as third parameter to the replacePlaceholders() method
        $document = $this->getDocument();
        switch ($this->getPlaceholderKey()) {
            case 'firstName' :
                return ucfirst($value);
            case 'lastName'  :
                return ucfirst($value);
            case 'salutation' :
                if ($value == 'mr') {
                    return 'Dear mr.';
                } elseif ($value == 'mrs') {
                    return 'Dear mrs.';
Example Usage
public function ownPlaceholderAction(){
    $text = '%Person(salutation); %Person(firstName); %Person(lastName); thank you for your order.';
    $placeholder = new \Pimcore\Placeholder();
    $params = ['firstName' =>'Pim', 'lastName' => 'Core', 'salutation' => 'mr'];
    $replaced = $placeholder->replacePlaceholders($text,$params,Document::getById(1));
    echo $replaced;

Available Getters

As all Placeholders must extend the class Pimcore\Placeholder\AbstractPlaceholder there are some getters you can use in your Placeholders.

Method Description
getEmptyValue() If the getReplacement() method returns an empty value the getEmptyValue() is called and the value which is returned by the getEmptyValue() method is used for the replacement.
getLocale() / getLanguage() Returns the current locale / language
getParam($key) Returns a specific parameter form the array that you passed to the replacePlaceholders() as second parameter.
getParams() Returns the array that you passed to the replacePlaceholders() as second parameter.
getPlaceholderConfig() Returns the JSON-Config of the placeholder (if it was set), otherwise returns an empty JSON-Config object
getPlaceholderKey() Returns the key from the dynamic parameters. E.g. If you take a look at the "Create your own Placeholder" example. When the placeholder "%Person(salutation);" is processed the key would be "salutation" When the placeholder "%Person(firstName);" is processed the key would be "firstName" ...
getPlaceholderString() Returns the placeholder string (raw text)
getValue() Returns the value from the dynamic parameter.