Creating your own templates

Every generator has a form field Code Template that lets you choose a template to use for code generation. By default Gii only provides one template default but you can create your own templates that are adjusted to your needs.

If you open the folder @app\vendor\yiisoft\yii2-gii\generators, you'll see six folders of generators.

+ controller
- crud
    + default
+ extension
+ form
+ model
+ module

These names are the generator names. If you open any of these folders, you can see the folder default, which name is the name of the template.

Copy the folder @app\vendor\yiisoft\yii2-gii\generators\crud\default to another location, for example @app\myTemplates\crud\. Now open this folder and modify any template to fit your desires, for example, add errorSummary in views\_form.php:

<div class="<?= Inflector::camel2id(StringHelper::basename($generator->modelClass)) ?>-form">

    <?= "<?php " ?>$form = ActiveForm::begin(); ?>
    <?= "<?=" ?> $form->errorSummary($model) ?> <!-- ADDED HERE -->

Now you need to tell Gii about our template. The setting is made in the config file:

// config/web.php for basic app
// ...
if (YII_ENV_DEV) {    
    $config['modules']['gii'] = [
        'class' => 'yii\gii\Module',      
        'allowedIPs' => ['', '::1', '192.168.0.*', '', ''],  
        'generators' => [ //here
            'crud' => [ // generator name
                'class' => 'yii\gii\generators\crud\Generator', // generator class
                'templates' => [ //setting for out templates
                    'myCrud' => '@app/myTemplates/crud/default', // template name => path to template

Open the CRUD generator and you will see that in the field Code Template of form appeared own template.