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Expose config.yml values globally for Twig templates in Symfony2 applications

Lets suppose you have created a bundle that has some specific configuration in the config.yml file (this is done by exposing semantic configuration). For example the languages supported by the application:

        en: English
        es: Spanish (Español)

You could make all your controllers read this language configuration from the container interface and then expose that variable to the templates like this:

// src/Acme/DemoBundle/Controller/AcmeController.php
$this->languages = $this->container->getParameter('acme_demo.languages');

    public function indexAction()
        return $this->render('AcmeDemoBundle:Default:index.html.twig',
                array('languages' => $this->languages)
// src/Acme/DemoBundle/Resources/views/Default/index.html.twig
{% for lang, language in languages %}
                    {{ lang }} - {{ language }}
{% endfor %}

But this would be VERY tedious. A much better approach is to create a Twig extension that exposes that configuration readed from the container interface as it would be done inside config.yml in the twig:globals section:

// src/Acme/DemoBundle/Twig/LanguageExposeExtension.php
container = $container;
    public function getGlobals()
        return array(
            'languages' => $this->container->getParameter('acme_demo.languages')
    public function getName()
        return 'language_expose_extension';

And of course register this class as a Twig extension using the twig.extension tag:

// src/Acme/DemoBundle/Resources/config/services.yml
        class: Acme\DemoBundle\Twig\LanguageExposeExtension
        arguments: []
            - { name: twig.extension }

Now you can remove the language parameter in the render call because it’s now defined globally for all templates.