When to use

{{ variable.property }}

and when to use

{{ variable['property'] }}

Is there a difference between these methods of accessing attributes of a variable or advantages of using one of them?

2 Answers 2


They're both the same for the most part.

The only time I'd use the second way you listed is when the property is a variable.

For instance:

{% set foo = 'name' %}
{{ variable[foo] }}

This will give you {{ variable.name }}

  • Yes, using property as a variable is definitely important thing! +1
    – nicael
    Jun 14, 2014 at 17:37

Generally speaking, no. They are just two ways of saying the same thing.

Dot syntax is necessary when you are referring to a method within an object. However, if you are only trying to access the property of an object (or a value within an array), either technique will work.

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