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Get rendered view contents and transform it into a json-object on ajax requests with the use of events

I have a project where I want to return two different outputs based on if it is AJAX or not.

When I query GET /controller/action I want it to display a view (x) that extends view (y) as HTML. When I query the same action with AJAX, I want it to display only the contents og view x in a JSON-object.

Example: view x:

{% extends "y.volt" %}
{% block footer %}
{% endblock %}

If it is an AJAX request, I want to output the following:

echo json_encode(array('some' => 'data', 'contents' => '<h1>Test</h1>'));

I have started out with the following in my Base Controller:

public function afterExecuteRoute(\Phalcon\Mvc\Dispatcher $dispatcher) {
    if ($this->request->isAjax()) {
        $this->config->is_ajax = true;

But what event do I have to make to catch the rendered view, and transform it into a json-object? This is what I want, but what events and which functions do I have to use?

public function afterRenderedView() {
    if($this->config->is_ajax) {
        $this->response->setContentType('application/json', 'UTF-8');
        $this->response->setContent(json_encode(array('some' => 'data', 'contents' => $this->view->getContents())));
        return false;


I guess you would need eventManager to achieve that.

In your afterExecuteRoute, you could attach your json processing :

public function afterExecuteRoute(\Phalcon\Mvc\Dispatcher $dispatcher) {
    if ($this->request->isAjax()) {
        $this->config->is_ajax = true;
        $this->response->setContentType('application/json', 'UTF-8');

        /* hook to afterRender event */
        if (null == $this->view->getEventsManager()){
            $eventManager = new \Phalcon\Events\Manager();
        else {
            $eventManager = $this->view->getEventsManager();
        $eventManager->attach("view:afterRender", new Jsonview());

while Jsonview class could be as simple as:

class Jsonview {
    public function afterRender($event, $view){
        /* replace content as json */
        $result = array("contents" => $view->getContent());

Perfect, that worked! Thanks!


Hi. I've created dispatcher for this. Inspired by Laravel5 this thread and this one The best way for JSON response.

    function () use ($di) {
        $eventsManager = $di->getShared('eventsManager');
         * Handle exceptions and not-found exceptions using NotFoundPlugin

        $eventsManager->attach('dispatch:afterExecuteRoute', function($event, $dispatcher, $exception) use ($di){
            if ($di->get('request')->isAjax()) {

                    View::LEVEL_ACTION_VIEW => true,
                    View::LEVEL_LAYOUT => true,
                    View::LEVEL_MAIN_LAYOUT => true,
                    View::LEVEL_AFTER_TEMPLATE => true,
                    View::LEVEL_BEFORE_TEMPLATE => true
                $di->get('response')->setContentType('application/json', 'UTF-8');

                /* hook to afterRender event */
                if (null == $di->get('view')->getEventsManager()){
                    $eventManager = new \Phalcon\Events\Manager();
                else {
                    $eventManager = $di->get('view')->getEventsManager();
                $eventManager->attach("view:afterRender", function ($event, $view) use ($di){
                    $result = array("contents" => $view->getParamsToView());

        $dispatcher = new Phalcon\Mvc\Dispatcher();

        return $dispatcher;

Now in controller all variables which were passed to view become a JSON string


class IndexController extends ControllerBase

    public function indexAction()
        $this->view->page = 1;
        $this->view->pages = [1,2,3,4,5];
        $this->view->setVars(array('products' => [1,2,3,4,5]));



edited Oct '15

.js Ajax request:

$.ajax({ type: $('#myform').attr('method'), url: $('#myform').attr('action'), data: $('#myform').serialize(), dataType: "JSON", success: function (data) { alert(data); } });


$result = $myModel->getReadConnection()->query($sql)->fetchAll(); // Or fecthAll()

            $response = new \Phalcon\Http\Response();
            //Set the content of the response
            $response->setContentType('application/json', 'UTF-8');
            //Return the response
            return $response;

//getting result on console

[{0: "248", 1: "Sameer", 2: "[email protected]", 3: "", 4: "", 5: "", 6: "", 7: "", 8: "", 9: "",…}]

How can i decode this response on my view (list.volt).

Thanks a lot.

edited Oct '15


I got it... DataTable can be used for it .js Ajax

                            var oTable = $('#subslist').dataTable();
                                type: $('#form_id').attr('method'),
                                url: $('#form_id').attr('action'),
                                data: $('#form_id').serialize(),
                                dataType: 'json',
                                success: function(s){
                                    for(var i = 0; i < s.length; i++) {
                                    } // End For
                                error: function(e){

In volt. <form id="form_id" method="POST" action="yourAction"> <your elements> </form>

            <table id="subslist" class="display" cellspacing="0" width="100%">