softark/creole Creole Wiki parser for PHP extended from cebe/markdown

creole parser extended from cebe/markdown

  1. What is this?
  2. Installation
  3. Usage
  4. Acknowledgements
  5. FAQ
  6. Contact

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What is this?

This is a Creole Wiki parser for PHP built upon cebe/markdown parser for PHP.


PHP 5.4 or higher is required to use it. It will also run on facebook's hhvm.

Installation is recommended to be done via composer by running:

composer require softark/creole "~1.2"

Alternatively you can add the following to the require section in your composer.json manually:

"softark/creole": "~1.2"

Run composer update afterwards.

Note that the installation automatically includes the dependent packages, especially "cebe/markdown", to make the creole parser functional.


The usage of the creole parser is similar to that of cebe/markdown parser.

In your PHP project

To parse your wiki text you need only two lines of code. The first one is to create the creole parser instance:

$parser = new \softark\creole\Creole();

The next step is to call the parse()-method for parsing the text using the full wiki language or calling the parseParagraph()-method to parse only inline elements:

$parser = new \softark\creole\Creole();
$outputHtml = $parser->parse($wikiText);

// parse only inline elements (useful for one-line descriptions)
$parser = new \softark\creole\Creole();
$outputHtml = $parser->parseParagraph($wikiText);

You may optionally set the following option on the parser object:

  • $parser->html5 = false to enable HTML4 output instead of HTML5.

And you should set the following properties when you are using the wiki style links, i.e. link for an internal link and WikiName:link for an external link:

  • $parser->wikiUrl = '' for the url of the current wiki.
  • $parser->externalWikis = ['Wiki-A' => '', 'Wiki-B' => ''] for the external wikis. It should be an array in which the keys are the name of the wiki and the value the urls of them.

It is recommended to use UTF-8 encoding for the input strings. Other encodings are currently not tested.

Using markdown-like cell text aligning

In the version 1.3.0 and later, you may optionally use the cell text aligning syntax which is used in markdown. If you write the 2nd line of the table source text using the markdown table syntax, the cell text aligning will be rendered. If the 2nd line is not markdown compliant, nothing will happen.

Note that this function only adds some classes to td tags like the following: ~~~

1st col 2nd col 3rd col 4th col ~~~ In the above, the text in the 2nd col should be left-aligned, the 3rd right-aligned, and the 4th center-aligned. Wwhen you fail to supply proper styles for those classes, then nothing will happen.

So remember to supply a proper style sheet like the following: ~~~ td.left { text-align: left } td.right { text-align: right } { text-align: center } ~~~

Using raw html blocks

In the version 1.2.0 and later, you may optionally include raw html blocks in the source wiki text, although this feature is disabled by default because it's not in the Creole 1.0 specification.

You can enable this feature by specifying the following option:

  • $parser->useRawHtml = true

A raw html block should start with a line that only contains <<< and end with a corresponding closing line which should be >>>, for example: <<< <p>This is a raw html block.</p> <ul> <li>You can do whatever you want.</li> <li>You have to be responsible for the consequence.</li> </ul> >>>

Note that the output of the raw html blocks get CLEANSED automatically with $parser->rawHtmlFilter when it is specified. A recommendation is to use HTML Purifier for the filter. For example:

$parser->rawHtmlFilter = function($input) {
    $config = \HTMLPurifier_Config::createDefault();
    $purifier = \HTMLPurifier::getInstance($config);
    return $purifier->purify($input);

// Or, if you are using Yii 2
$parser->rawHtmlFilter = function($input) {
    return \yii\helpers\HtmlPurifier::process($input);

As you see in the example, the rawHtmlFilter should be a callable that accepts the possibly unclean html text string and output the sanitized version of it.

The command line script

You can use it to convert a wiki text to a html file:

bin/creole some.txt > some.html

Here is the full Help output you will see when running bin/creole --help:

PHP Creole to HTML converter

by Nobuo Kihara <>

    bin/creole [--full] [file.txt]

    --full    ouput a full HTML page with head and body. If not given, only the parsed markdown will be output.

    --help    shows this usage information.

    If no file is specified input will be read from STDIN.


    Render a file with original creole:

        bin/creole README.txt > README.html

Convert the original creole description to html using STDIN:

    curl | $cmd > creole.html


I'd like to thank @cebe for creating cebe/markdown library on which this work depends.

As its name describes, cebe/markdown is a markdown parser, but is also a well designed general purpose markup language parser at the bottom on which you can implement parsers not only for different "flavors" of markdown but also for different markup languages, Creole for instance.


Where do I report bugs or rendering issues?

Just open an issue on github, post your creole code and describe the problem. You may also attach screenshots of the rendered HTML result to describe your problem.

Am I free to use this?

This library is open source and licensed under the MIT License. This means that you can do whatever you want with it as long as you mention my name and include the license file. Check the license for details.


Feel free to contact me using email or twitter.

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