How to extend craft's front end controllers? I don't want to use twig. I like twig but I don't want to use it in craft.

Respect my decision and help me.

Is there a good way to do that?. So I can render using my own views file. So I can use it like in Yii:

public function actionView($id)
    $entryData = null; //get the entry data here

    return $this->render('view', [
        'entryData' => $entryData,
  • Respect the decision but can I ask why? Commented May 20, 2022 at 19:14

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Experimented a short while ago on how to do it via a custom module, which I think is cleaner than messing around with craft's own stuff.

(Spoiler: It's faster than twig, but not that much)

You have to do your own routing though.

Example: config/routes.php

'demoview' => 'main/demo/demo-view',
'demoentry/<slug:[^\/].*>' => 'main/demo/demo-entry'


protected $allowAnonymous = true;

public $layout = 'main';

public function actionDemoView(): string
    return $this->render('demoview', [           
        'entries' => Entry::find()

public function actionDemoEntry($slug)
    $entry = Entry::find()->slug($slug)->one();
    if (!$entry) {
        throw new NotFoundHttpException();

    return $this->render('demoentry', [
            'entry' => $entry


modules/main/views/demo/demoview.php modules/main/views/demo/demoentry.php modules/main/views/layouts/main.php

Use a behavior instead of $entry->url, e.g.

public function getDemoUrl()
    return UrlHelper::siteUrl("/demoentry/{$this->owner->slug}");
  • Thank for your response but nothing has changed. I'm new to craft.
    – user
    Commented May 21, 2022 at 12:25
  • what class should DemoController extend?
    – user
    Commented May 22, 2022 at 0:44
  • 1
    Besides handling content via craft\elements\Entry there is nothing Craft specific here, all pure Yii2 (see routing/views/behaviors there). The controller extends either yii\web\Controller or craft\web\Controller (better control who can access the actions)
    – user8315
    Commented May 23, 2022 at 6:31

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