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{fetch} is used to retrieve files from the local file system, http, or ftp and display the contents.


Attribute Required Description
file Yes The file, http or ftp site to fetch
assign No The template variable the output will be assigned to
  • If the file name begins with http://, the website page will be fetched and displayed.


    This will not support http redirects, be sure to include a trailing slash on your web page fetches where necessary.

  • If the file name begins with ftp://, the file will be downloaded from the ftp server and displayed.

  • For local files, either a full system file path must be given, or a path relative to the executed php script.


    If security is enabled, and you are fetching a file from the local file system, {fetch} will only allow files from within the $secure_dir path of the security policy. See the Security section for details.

  • If the assign attribute is set, the output of the {fetch} function will be assigned to this template variable instead of being output to the template.


{* include some javascript in your template *}
{fetch file='/export/httpd/'}

{* embed some weather text in your template from another web site *}
{fetch file=''}

{* fetch a news headline file via ftp *}
{fetch file=''}
{* as above but with variables *}
{fetch file="ftp://`$user`:`$password`@`$server`/`$path`"}

{* assign the fetched contents to a template variable *}
{fetch file='' assign='weather'}
{if $weather ne ''}
  <div id="weather">{$weather}</div>

See also {capture}, {eval}, {assign} and fetch().