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{eval} is used to evaluate a variable as a template. This can be used for things like embedding template tags/variables into variables or tags/variables into config file variables.


Attribute Name Required Description
var Yes Variable (or string) to evaluate
assign No The template variable the output will be assigned to

If you supply the assign attribute, the output of the {eval} function will be assigned to this template variable instead of being output to the template.


  • Evaluated variables are treated the same as templates. They follow the same escapement and security features just as if they were templates.

  • Evaluated variables are compiled on every invocation, the compiled versions are not saved! However, if you have caching enabled, the output will be cached with the rest of the template.

  • If the content to evaluate doesn't change often, or is used repeatedly, consider using {include file="string:{$template_code}"} instead. This may cache the compiled state and thus doesn't have to run the (comparably slow) compiler on every invocation.


The contents of the config file, setup.conf.

emphstart = <strong>
emphend = </strong>
title = Welcome to {$company}'s home page!
ErrorCity = You must supply a {#emphstart#}city{#emphend#}.
ErrorState = You must supply a {#emphstart#}state{#emphend#}.

Where the template is:

{config_load file='setup.conf'}

{eval var=$foo}
{eval var=#title#}
{eval var=#ErrorCity#}
{eval var=#ErrorState# assign='state_error'}

The above template will output:

This is the contents of foo.
Welcome to Foobar Pub & Grill's home page!
You must supply a <strong>city</strong>.
You must supply a <strong>state</strong>.

This outputs the server name (in uppercase) and IP. The assigned variable $str could be from a database query.

    $str = 'The server name is {$smarty.server.SERVER_NAME|upper} '
           .'at {$smarty.server.SERVER_ADDR}';

Where the template is:

{eval var=$foo}