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Sometimes we want helping functions in the view. In Symfony 1 we had helpers, in Symfony 2 we need to add custom Twig extensions in order to add new ones.

First, we need to add our extension to the container. If we don't have the dependecy loading file we need to create it first at Test/MyBundle/DependencyInjection/MyBundleExtension.php.

namespace Test\MyBundle\DependencyInjection;

use Symfony\Component\DependencyInjection\ContainerBuilder;
use Symfony\Component\DependencyInjection\Loader\XmlFileLoader;
use Symfony\Component\HttpKernel\DependencyInjection\Extension;
use Symfony\Component\Config\FileLocator;

class TestMyBundleExtension extends Extension {
    public function load(array $configs, ContainerBuilder $container) {
        $loader = new XmlFileLoader($container, new FileLocator(__DIR__.'/../Resources/config'));

    public function getAlias() {
        return 'test_my_bundle';

We need to create a simple service definition at Test/MyBundle/Resources/config/services.xml:

<?xml version="1.0" ?>
<container xmlns=""
        <service id="to_time_extension" class="Test\MyBundle\Twig\Extension\ToTimeExtension" public="false">
            <tag name="twig.extension" />

Once done, the last step is to extend Twig with an Extension. In this case we will add a simple function that transforms a string into a Unix timpestamp:

Finally we have to create our extension at Test/MyBundle/Twig/Extension/ToTimeExtension.php

namespace Test\MyBundle\Twig\Extension;

use Symfony\Component\HttpKernel\KernelInterface;

class ToTimeExtension extends \Twig_Extension {
     * {@inheritdoc}
    public function getFunctions() {
        return array(
            'totime' => new \Twig_Function_Method($this, 'toTime')

     * @param string $string
     * @return int
    public function toTime ($string) {
        return strtotime($string);

     * {@inheritdoc}
    public function getName() {
        return 'my_bundle';

Thats all! To use it under your templates you only have to enter:

{{ totime('now') }}

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