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CakePHP: Access Current Controller, Action and Parameters

Hi guys, today I’m going to show you how to access or get CakePHP’s current page controller, action and parameters. I found this useful when high lighting certain elements of a page for example are tabs, sidebars, etc. that tells the user what part of the system or website they are currently in.

CakePHP: Access Current Controller, Action and Parameters

For instance we will have the following URL:

            http://somedomain.com/users/edit/27/

Based on that URL, our controller is users. To access it we will have:

            $current_controller = $this->params[‘controller’];

Our action is edit and we will access it this way:

            $current_action = $this->action;

Our first parameter is 27, which is the ID of the record to be edited. We can access it by doing:

            $user_id = $this->params[‘pass’][0];

In case that we have second parameter, we have to access it this way:

            $second_parameter = $this->params[‘pass’][1];

For the third parameter:

            $third_parameter = $this->params[‘pass’][2];

and so on…

You can do these codes either in your controller or view files.