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Theming/styling error messages in Symfony 2

08 August 2012

I spent a large portion of my day today trying to customize the HTML produced by Symfony 2 for form errors. The documentation has a section on how to do this, but for the life of me, I could not make it work. Here is a working, re-usable solution, with a brief explanation of the mistake I made at the end.

In your SF2 bundle create a new file /Resources/views/Form/field_errors.html.twig:

    {% raw %}
    {# YourBundleName/Resources/views/Form/field_errors.html.twig #}
    {% block field_errors %}
    {% spaceless %}
    {% if errors|length > 0 %}
    <ul class="error_list">
        {% for error in errors %}
        <li>{{ error.messageTemplate|trans(error.messageParameters, 'validators') }}</li>
        {% endfor %}
    </ul>
    {% endif %}
    {% endspaceless %}
    {% endblock field_errors %}
    {% endraw %}

Then import this into your TWIG template like so:

{% raw %}
{% form_theme form '<YourNamespace><BundleName>:Form:field_errors.html.twig' %}
{% endraw %}

One key point to note here is that you must concatenate your name space and bundle name. So Namespace:BundleName won’t work but NamespaceBundleName will. This is the mistake I was making. It turns out that when you create a bundle it’s given an alias and by default it’s a concatenation of your namespace and bundlename, so when referencing it in TWIG it appears you need to use this alias.

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