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Snippets are MODX's answer to inline PHP code. They provide customizable dynamic content, such as menus, blog or news listings, search and other form-based functionality and anything else that your site needs to generate on-demand.

Using a Snippet

Once you have a Snippet installed, you can use it simply by putting its tags in your template, a chunk or TV, or a document's content wherever you want the Snippet's output to be displayed.


If you expect the snippet code to be dynamic for different users, you can also call a snippet uncached:


Snippet Properties

Snippets can have Properties, which can be passed in the Snippet call, like so:

[[!Wayfinder? &startId=`0` &level=`1`]]

You can also aggregate these Properties into a Property Set, which is a dynamic collection of properties that can be attached to any Snippet (or Element for that matter). This allows you to share common property configs in a snippet call in one place.

Say you had a Property Set called 'Menu' with startId set to 0 and level set to 1:


would then load those properties automatically into the Snippet. And even those properties can be overridden:

[[!Wayfinder@Menu? &level=`2`]]

which would override the set's value on level of 1, setting it instead to 2.

Installing Snippets

You can also download and install Snippets via Package Management. See the tutorial on installing a Package for more information.

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