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Generate a form within a block

This is an example of how to generate a block with a form represented by a model and using the ActiveForm widget to generate the output.


When using the CMS, there is an visual form builder module available as package.

Generate the model

First of all generate the model with your custom roles and store in app/models:


namespace app\models;

use yii\base\Model;

class TestModel extends Model
    public $name = null;
    public $email = null;
    public $text = null;
    public function rules()
        return [
            [['name', 'text'], 'required'],
            [['name', 'text'], 'string'],
            [['email'], 'email'],
    public function sendMail()
        // this is what happens on success, like sending a mail
        return Yii::$app->mail
            ->compose('Success Subject', 'You got mail: ' . print_r($this->attributes, true))

Prepare the block

Now the model responds needs to be assigned to the frontend view trough the extra vars section. Extra vars are somewhat equals to when assign vars into the view in a controller context. You can assign anything into your view files.

class MyFormBlock extends \luya\cms\base\PhpBlock
    // ... configs, icons, etc.
    public function extraVars()
        return [
            'model' => $this->prepareModel(),
    public function prepareModel()
        $model = new TestModel();
        if ($model->load(Yii::$app->request->post()) && $model->validate()) {
            return Yii::$app->end();
        return $model;

Now the model is available in the extra vars section as model.

Render the Form in the View

Now we have to render the form in the view file with help of the ActiveForm Widget.

use yii\widgets\ActiveForm;
use yii\helpers\Html;

 * @var $this \luya\cms\base\PhpBlockView
<?php if (Yii::$app->session->getFlash('myBlockFormSuccess')): ?>
    <div class="alert alert-success">The form has been sent! Thank you.</div>
<?php else: ?>
    <?php $form = ActiveForm::begin(); ?>
        <?= $form->field($this->extraValue('model'), 'name') ?>
        <?= $form->field($this->extraValue('model'), 'email') ?>
        <?= $form->field($this->extraValue('model'), 'text')->textarea() ?>
        <?= Html::submitButton('Login', ['class' => 'btn btn-primary-outline']) ?>
    <?php ActiveForm::end(); ?>
<?php endif; ?>