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eZ Commerce uses own fields to store ecommerce related data, e.g for the catalog or basket.

The shop provides a flexible way to store data using concrete instances of classes implementing the FieldInterface and inheriting from the AbstractField class. Fields are used for fixed attributes of a product/catalog and flexible attributes (property "dataMap" in CatalogElement).

Each instance of a concrete Field will provide the following methods:

getTypeIdentifier()Returns the identifier of the Field (e.g. "sesimage")
isSearchable()Returns true, if the Field is searchable
isEmptyValue()Returns true, if the value of the Field is empty
getEmptyValue()Returns an empty version of the Field
toHash()Returns a associative array (hash) from the Field
fromHash($hash)Returns a created instance of the Field by associative array (hash)
toString()Returns the value of the Field as string

All AbstractField objects can be serialized, if you are using the methods toHash() and fromHash() before/after (un)serialize method.

if($field instanceof AbstractField) {
    $fieldValue = serialize($field->toHash());

Class diagram

Implemented concrete Field classes

TypeUsed foridentifier
TextLineFieldA simple String without HTML-Codesestextline
TextBlockFieldA rich text field containing HTML codesestextblock
ImageFieldAn image contains a path to an image and an alternative textsesimage
ArrayFieldA structured arraysesarray
PriceFieldAn instance of the Price classsesprice

Used templates for rendering

For each concrete Field a templates has to be provided in order to render the Field in the template. 

The templates have to be provided in the folder FieldTypes. The name of the template has to start with the identifier of the Field, e.g.

  • ImageField.html.twig
  • TextBlockField.html.twig
  • TextLineField.html.twig
  • PriceField.html.twig

The renderer provides a parameter $field providing the object of the given field.

Call from a twig template, via ses_render_field:

{{ ses_render_field(catalogElement, 'longDescription')|raw }}


TextLineField is the representative implementation of AbstractField for a single line of text.

A new TextLineField can be created using the following data:


use Silversolutions\Bundle\EshopBundle\Content\Fields\TextLineField;
// Usage: 
$textLineField = new TextLineField(array('text' => 'This is the name of the product'));


TextBlockField is the representative implementation of AbstractField for a multi line text (or DOMDocument).

A new TextBlockField can be created using the following data:


use Silversolutions\Bundle\EshopBundle\Content\Fields\TextBlockField;

// Usage: 
$textBlockField = new TextBlockField(
		'text' => 'This is the <b>description</b> of the product'

TextBlockField object can be reliable serialized, such it implements the magic __sleep() and __wakeup() methods.


ImageField is the representative implementation of AbstractField for an image. An image is identified and initiated by a given path and an optional alternative text.

A new ImageField can be created using the following data:

use Silversolutions\Bundle\EshopBundle\Content\Fields\ImageField;

// Usage:
$imagePath = 'var/storage/images/product_image.jpg';
$imageField = new ImageField(
        'alternativeText' => 'a nice product',
        'fileName'        => basename($imagePath),
        'fileSize'        => filesize($imagePath),
        'path'            => $imagePath,


ArrayField is the representative implementation of AbstractField for a structured array.

A new ArrayField can be created using the following data:

use Silversolutions\Bundle\EshopBundle\Content\Fields\ImageField;

// Usage:
$myArray = array (
    'weight' => '10 kg',
    'color' => 'red'
$arrayField = new ArrayField(array('array' =>  $myArray));


PriceField is the representative implementation of AbstractField for a Price.

A new PriceField can be created using the following data:

use Silversolutions\Bundle\EshopBundle\Content\Fields\PriceField;
use Siso\Bundle\PriceBundle\Model\Price;
// Usage: 
$price = new Price(
        'price' => 99.99,
        'isVatPrice' => true,
        'vatCode' => 19.0,
        'currency' => 'EUR',
        'source' => 'ERP',
$priceField = new PriceField(array('price' => $price));



Please refer to Rendering for prices to see the possibilities of outputting a PriceField using the ses_render_field() function.

It is also possible to render a priceField with a twig function ses_render_price(). The difference see in the table below:


Twig functionParamatersUsage


string $fieldIdentifier

array $params

more general -

renders also other FieldInterface $fields from $catalogElement

like TextBlockField, ImageField, PriceField



PriceField $priceField

array $params

renders only PriceField $price



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