How to create your own Template?

Mapbender3 comes with application templates you can use. But usually you want to use your own template with your own corporate design. This document will show you how to create a Workshop DemoBundle for demonstration purposes.

From version on you can change the style of your application with the css-Editor. You find the documentation about the css-editor at How to change the style of your application with the css-editor?.

How to create your own template?

There are some steps you have to follow on the way to your own template.

  • create your own bundle
  • create a template php-file to register your template
  • create your own twig-file
  • create your own css-file(s)
  • register your bundle in app/AppKernel.php
  • use your template in yml-configuration or choose it through the administration (for new applications) or change the template path for an existing application in your database in table mb_core_application in column template

Notice: We already prepared a Workshop/DemoBundle that you can use as a template. You can download it here:

Create your own bundle

User bundles are stored in the src-directory.

This is how the structure can look like:


Create a new namespace

The file WorkshopDemoBundle.php creates the namespace for the bundle and refers to the template and to your css-file(s).


namespace Workshop\DemoBundle;

use Mapbender\CoreBundle\Component\MapbenderBundle;

class DemoFullscreen extends MapbenderBundle

public static function getTitle()
  return 'DemoFullscreen';

static public function listAssets()
   $assets = array(
       'css' => array('@MapbenderCoreBundle/Resources/public/sass/theme/mapbender3.scss',
       'js' => array('@FOMCoreBundle/Resources/public/js/widgets/popup.js',
       'trans' => array()
   return $assets;


Create your own template file

In our example the template file is called FullscreenDemo.php. You find it at src/Workshop/DemoBundle/Template/FullscreenDemo.php.

In the template file you define the name of your template, the regions that you want to provide and refer to a twig file.

Adding properties for your “sidepane” region

For a “sidepane” region are “tabs” and “accordion” properties supported. * “tabs” orders mapbender elements in tabs * “accordion” displays mapbender elements as an accordion list

For adding you define the function “getRegionsProperties” in the template file.

For configuration you check an option in your application’s configuration.

  • @inheritdoc


public static function getRegionsProperties() {

return array(
‘sidepane’ => array(
‘tabs’ => array(
‘name’ => ‘tabs’, ‘label’ => ‘mb.manager.template.region.tabs.label’),
‘accordion’ => array(
‘name’ => ‘accordion’, ‘label’ => ‘mb.manager.template.region.accordion.label’)




Create your own twig-file

You find the twig-files at the following path:

  • mapbender\src\Workshop\DemoBundle\Resources\views\Template

The easiest way to create your own twig file is to copy an existing twig, save it under a new name and change the content like colors.

cd mapbender/src/Workshop/DemoBundle/Resources/views/Template
use the existing template from mapbender/src/Mapbender/CoreBundle/Resources/views/Template/fullscreen.html.twig and copy it to fullscreen_demo.html.twig

Create your own css-file

Create an empty css-file and fill it with content. From Mapbender3 version you only have to define the parts that have to lookdifferent from the default style of the element.

Firebug can help you to find out the styles you want to change.

Your file could be named like this: src/Workshop/DemoBundle/Resources/public/demo_fullscreen.css and have the following definition:

.toolBar {
  background-color: rgba(0, 29, 122, 0.8) !important;

.toolPane {
  background-color: rgba(0, 29, 122, 0.8) !important;

.sidePane {
  overflow: visible;
  background-image: url("");
  background-color: #eff7e9;

.sidePane.opened {
    width: 350px;

.logoContainer {
  background-color: white !important;
  background-image: url("") !important;
  -webkit-box-shadow: 0px 0px 3px #0028AD !important;
  -moz-box-shadow: 0px 0px 3px #0028AD !important;
  box-shadow: 0px 0px 3px #0028AD !important;

.sidePaneTabItem {
   background-color: #0028AD;

.layer-opacity-handle {
    background-color: #0028AD;

.mb-element-overview .toggleOverview {
    background-color: #0028AD;

.button, .tabContainerAlt .tab {
    background-color: #0028AD;

.iconPrint:before {
  /*content: "\f02f"; }*/

.popup {
  background-color: #eff7e9;
  background-image: url("");

  background-color: rgba(0, 93, 83, 0.9);

The result of these few lines of css will look like this:


When you open your new application a css-file will be created at:

  • web/assets/WorkshopDemoBundle__demo_fullscreen__css.css

If you do further edits at your css file you may delete the generated css file in the assets directory to see the changes. You also have to clear the browser cache.

sudo rm -f web/assets/WorkshopDemoBundle__demo_fullscreen__css.css

Register your template

To register your template you have to create a file at

  • mapbender/src/Workshop/DemoBundle/Template/DemoFullscreen.php
cd mapbender/src/Mapbender/CoreBundle/Template
cp Fullscreen.php mapbender/src/Workshop/DemoBundle/Template/DemoFullscreen.php

Add your new css-file to the listAssets function as last array-entry:

static public function listAssets()
    $assets = array(
        'css' => array('@MapbenderCoreBundle/Resources/public/sass/theme/mapbender3.scss',
        'js' => array('@FOMCoreBundle/Resources/public/js/widgets/popup.js',
        'trans' => array()
    return $assets;
public function render($format = 'html', $html = true, $css = true,
        $js = true)
    $templating = $this->container->get('templating');
    return $templating
                        'html' => $html,
                        'css' => $css,
                        'js' => $js,
                        'application' => $this->application));

Use your new template in mapbender.yml

Now you can use the template in mapbender.yml where you can configure applications.

You find the mapbender.yml at:

  • app/config
"template:   Workshop\DemoBundle\Template\DemoFullscreen"

Register your bundle in app/AppKernel.php

When you create a new application through the Mapbender3 administration you have to choose a template you want to use.

Before your new template will show up you have to register your bundle in the file app/AppKernel.php

  • mapbender/app/AppKernel.php
class AppKernel extends Kernel
   public function registerBundles()
       $bundles = array(
           // Standard Symfony2 bundles
           new Symfony\Bundle\FrameworkBundle\FrameworkBundle(),

           // Extra bundles required by Mapbender3/OWSProxy3
           new FOS\JsRoutingBundle\FOSJsRoutingBundle(),

           // FoM bundles
           new FOM\CoreBundle\FOMCoreBundle(),

           // Mapbender3 bundles
           new Mapbender\CoreBundle\MapbenderCoreBundle(),

               new Workshop\DemoBundle\WorkshopDemoBundle(),


Add write access to the web-directory for your webserver user.

chmod ug+w web

Update the web-directory. Each bundle has it’s own assets - CSS files, JavaScript files, images and more - but these need to be copied into the public web folder:

app/console assets:install web

Alternatively, as a developer, you might want to use the symlink switch on that command to symlink instead of copy. This will make editing assets inside the bundle directories way easier.

app/console assets:install web --symlink --relative

Now your template should show up in the template list when you create a new application.

You can change the template for existing applications in the table mb_core_application in column template.

For the WorkshopDemoBundle you can change MapbenderCoreBundleTemplateFullscreen to WorkshopDemoBundleWorkshopDemoBundle.

How to change your design?

You have to edit the following files, if want to change the design

  • twig - changes in the structure (like - delete a component like sidebar), refer to a logo
  • demo_fullscreen.css - changes of color, icons, fonts

How to change the title and favicon?

{% block title %}Workshop - {{ application.title }}{% endblock %}

{% block favicon %}{{ asset('bundles/workshopdemo/imgage/workshop.ico') }}{% endblock %}

How to change the buttons?

Mapbender3 uses Fonts from the FontAwesome collection:

@font-face {
  font-family: 'FontAwesome';
  src: url("../../bundles/fomcore/images/icons/fontawesome-webfont.eot?v=3.0.1");
  src: url("../../bundles/fomcore/images/icons/fontawesome-webfont.eot?#iefix&v=3.0.1") format("embedded-opentype"), url("../../bundles/fomcore/images/icons/fontawesome-webfont.woff?v=3.0.1") format("woff"), url("../../bundles/fomcore/images/icons/fontawesome-webfont.ttf?v=3.0.1") format("truetype");
  font-weight: normal;
  font-style: normal; }

In your css-file you can refer to a font images like this:

.iconPrint:before {
  content: "\f02f";}

If you want to use an image you could place the image in your bundle and refer to it like this

.iconPrint:before {

Try this out

  • you can download the Workshop/DemoBundle at
  • change the color of your icons
  • change the size of your icons
  • change the color of the toobar
  • use an image instead of a font-icon for your button
  • move the position of your overview to the left
  • Have a look at the workshop files to see how it works