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guideCompatibility with Laravel

As a pure JavaScript/TypeScript application, CKEditor 5 will work inside any environment that supports such components. While we do not offer official integrations for any non-JavaScript frameworks, you can include a custom configuration of CKEditor 5 in a non-JS framework of your choice, for example, the PHP-based Laravel.

# Using CKEditor 5 Builder

The easiest way to use CKEditor 5 in your Laravel project is preparing an editor preset with CKEditor 5 Builder and including it into your project. It offers an easy-to-use user interface to help you configure, preview, and download the editor suited to your needs. You can easily select:

  • the features you need,
  • the preferred framework (React, Angular, Vue or Vanilla JS),
  • the preferred distribution method.

You get ready-to-use code tailored to your needs!

# Setting up the project

This guide assume you have a Laravel project. You can create a basic Laravel project using Composer. Refer to the Laravel documentation to learn how to set up a project in the framework.

# Integrating from CDN

Once the project has been prepared, create an assets/vendor/ckeditor5.js file in the existing public directory in your app. Your folder structure should resemble this one:

├── app
├── bootstrap
├── config
├── database
├── public
│   ├── assets
|      ├── vendor
|          └── ckeditor5.js
│   ├── .htaccess
│   ├── favicon.ico
│   ├── index.php
│   └── robots.txt
├── resources
│   ├── views
|      ├── welcome.blade.php
|      └── ...
├── routes
└── ...

Inside the file, paste the JavaScript code from CKEditor 5 Builder. The code will differ depending on your chosen preset and features. But it should look similar to this:

import {
    ClassicEditor,
    AccessibilityHelp,
    Autosave,
    Bold,
    Essentials,
    Italic,
    Mention,
    Paragraph,
    SelectAll,
    Undo
} from 'ckeditor5';
import { SlashCommand } from 'ckeditor5-premium-features';

const editorConfig = {
    toolbar: {
        items: ['undo', 'redo', '|', 'selectAll', '|', 'bold', 'italic', '|', 'accessibilityHelp'],
        shouldNotGroupWhenFull: false
    },
    placeholder: 'Type or paste your content here!',
    plugins: [AccessibilityHelp, Autosave, Bold, Essentials, Italic, Mention, Paragraph, SelectAll, SlashCommand, Undo],
    licenseKey: '<YOUR_LICENSE_KEY>',
    mention: {
        feeds: [
            {
                marker: '@',
                feed: [
                    /* See: https://ckeditor.com/docs/ckeditor5/latest/features/mentions.html */
                ]
            }
        ]
    },
    initialData: "<h2>Congratulations on setting up CKEditor 5! 🎉</h2>"
};

ClassicEditor
    .create( document.querySelector( '#editor' ), editorConfig )
    .then( editor => {
        console.log( editor );
    } )
    .catch( error => {
        console.error( error );
    } );

Then, modify the welcome.blade.php file in the resources/views directory to include the CKEditor 5 scripts. All necessary scripts and links are in the HTML snippet from CKEditor 5 Builder. You can copy and paste them into your template. It should look similar to the one below:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
<head>
    <meta charset="UTF-8">
    <title>CKE5 in Laravel</title>
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="https://cdn.ckeditor.com/ckeditor5/42.0.1/ckeditor5.css" />
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="https://cdn.ckeditor.com/ckeditor5-premium-features/42.0.1/ckeditor5-premium-features.css" />
    <script type="importmap">
        {
            "imports": {
                "ckeditor5": "https://cdn.ckeditor.com/ckeditor5/42.0.1/ckeditor5.js",
                "ckeditor5/": "https://cdn.ckeditor.com/ckeditor5/42.0.1/",
                "ckeditor5-premium-features": "https://cdn.ckeditor.com/ckeditor5-premium-features/42.0.1/ckeditor5-premium-features.js",
                "ckeditor5-premium-features/": "https://cdn.ckeditor.com/ckeditor5-premium-features/42.0.1/"
            }
        }
    </script>
    <script type="module" src="{{ URL::asset('assets/vendor/ckeditor5.js') }}"></script>
</head>
<body>
    <div id="editor"></div>
</body>
</html>

Finally, in the root directory of your Laravel project, run php artisan serve to see the app in action.

# Integrating using ZIP

Our new CKEditor 5 Builder does not provide ZIP output yet – but it will in the future. In the meantime, you can use one of the generic ZIP packages provided on the download page.

After downloading and unpacking the ZIP archive, copy the ckeditor5.js and ckeditor5.css files in the public/assets/vendor/ directory. The folder structure of your app should resemble this one.

├── app
├── bootstrap
├── config
├── database
├── public
│   ├── assets
|      ├── vendor
|          ├── ckeditor5.js
|          └── ckeditor5.css
│   ├── .htaccess
│   ├── favicon.ico
│   ├── index.php
│   └── robots.txt
├── resources
│   ├── views
|      ├── welcome.blade.php
|      └── ...
├── routes
└── ...

Having all the dependencies of CKEditor 5, modify the welcome.blade.php file in the resources/views directory to import them. All the necessary markup is in the index.html file from the ZIP archive. You can copy and paste it into your template. Pay attention to the paths of the import map and CSS link – they should reflect your folder structure. The template should look similar to the one below:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
    <head>
        <meta charset="UTF-8">
        <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0">
        <title>CKEditor 5 - Quick start ZIP</title>
        <link rel="stylesheet" href="../../assets/vendor/ckeditor5.css">
        <style>
            .main-container {
                width: 795px;
                margin-left: auto;
                margin-right: auto;
            }
        </style>
    </head>
    <body>
        <div class="main-container">
            <div id="editor">
                <p>Hello from CKEditor 5!</p>
            </div>
        </div>
        <script type="importmap">
            {
                "imports": {
                    "ckeditor5": "../../assets/vendor/ckeditor5.js",
                    "ckeditor5/": "../../assets/vendor/"
                }
            }
        </script>
        <script type="module">
            import {
                ClassicEditor,
                Essentials,
                Paragraph,
                Bold,
                Italic,
                Font
            } from 'ckeditor5';

            ClassicEditor
                .create( document.querySelector( '#editor' ), {
                    plugins: [ Essentials, Paragraph, Bold, Italic, Font ],
                    toolbar: [
                        'undo', 'redo', '|', 'bold', 'italic', '|',
                        'fontSize', 'fontFamily', 'fontColor', 'fontBackgroundColor'
                    ]
                } )
                .then( editor => {
                    window.editor = editor;
                } )
                .catch( error => {
                    console.error( error );
                } );
        </script>
    </body>
</html>

Finally, in the root directory of your Laravel project, run php artisan serve to see the app in action.