How to create your own Template?

Mapbender comes with application templates out of the box, you can find them in the Mapbender CoreBundle /application/mapbender/src/Mapbender/CoreBundle/Template. But usually you want to use your own templates with your own corporate design.

To prevent overwriting your custom templates after an Mapbender upgrade you should create an extra bundle to safely store your custom files.

You can also change the style of your application with the built-in CSS-Editor.

How to create your own template?

Steps for including your templates:

  • Create your own bundle

  • Create a new namespace

  • 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

To help you we prepared a Workshop/DemoBundle, which can be used not only for application templates, but also for customizing the administration interface. For the following steps, you can download the files with the following links:

Create your own bundle

User bundles are stored in the src-directory /application/src.

This is how the structure can look like:






The following files have to be altered for design changes:

  • twig-file: to change the structure (e.g. - delete a component like the sidebar)

  • css-file: to change colors, icons, fonts

Create a new namespace

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


namespace Workshop\DemoBundle;

use Mapbender\CoreBundle\Component\MapbenderBundle;

class WorkshopDemoBundle extends MapbenderBundle
    public function getElements()
        return array(
        //    'Workshop\DemoBundle\Element\MapKlick',
    public function getTemplates()
        return array('Workshop\DemoBundle\Template\DemoFullscreen');

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.


namespace Workshop\DemoBundle\Template;

use Mapbender\CoreBundle\Template\Fullscreen;

class DemoFullscreen extends Fullscreen
    protected static $title             = "Fullscreen Template Workshop";
    protected static $regions           = array('toolbar', 'sidepane', 'content', 'footer');
    protected static $regionsProperties = 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')
    protected static $css               = array(
    protected static $js                = array(
    public $twigTemplate = 'WorkshopDemoBundle:Template:demo_fullscreen.html.twig';

Create your own twig-file

You find the twig-files at the following path:

  • application/mapbender/src/Mapbender/CoreBundle/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.

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. You only have to define the parts that have to look different 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 have to delete the generated css file in the assets directory to see the changes. You should also clear the browser cache.

sudo rm -f web/assets/WorkshopDemoBundle__demo_fullscreen__css.css

Style the administrational pages

Please change the following css-files for the backend pages:

  • login.css : Change the design of the login page

  • manager.css : Change the design of the administration pages (e.g. application overview)

  • password.css : Change the design of the password pages (e.g. Reset Password - page)

You only have to define the parts that have to look different than the default page style.

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

Referencing the CSS-files is possible with FOMManagerBundle and FOMUserBundle. They must be filed under app/Resources/. The already contained twig-files overwrite the default settings if configured correctly (Requirements from manager.html.twig file). Alternatively, it is possible to copy a twig-file and adjust it afterwards.

cp fom/src/FOM/ManagerBundle/Resources/views/manager.html.twig app/Resources/FOMManagerBundle/views/

Register your bundle in app/AppKernel.php

You have to register your template:

  • mapbender/app/AppKernel.php

class AppKernel extends Kernel
   public function registerBundles()
       $bundles = array(


           // Mapbender 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.

How to use a new template

There are different ways of how to use the new template:

Usage in YAML-applications

You can adjust the YAML-applications in app/config/applications and change the template parameter.

template:   Workshop\DemoBundle\Template\DemoFullscreen

Usage in new applications from the backend

If you create a new application in the administration interface of Mapbender, you can choose the new template.

Usage in an existing application

For existing applications you can change the parameter in the Mapbender database in the column template of the table mb_core_application.

For the WorkshopDemoBundle you change the entry from Mapbender\CoreBundle\Template\Fullscreen to Workshop\DemoBundle\WorkshopDemoBundle.


How do I change the logo, the title and the language? This and more tips can be found here: YAML Configuration (Configuration and Application files).

How do I change the buttons?

Mapbender uses ‘Font Awesome Icons’ font icon 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 toolbar

  • 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