Sirius Filtration

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PHP library for array filtering/sanitization

Sometimes you want to make sure the values pushed by a source (eg: a user when submits a form) follow some restrictions like

  • no space at the beginning or the end for the title of a page
  • no HTML code in a comment sent by a user
  • no spaces in the field which represents the URL
  • remove XSS attacks
  • etc...

Other times you want to make sure that the data you send to the user is parsed before displaying. For example you may want to:

  • convert markdown into HTML
  • convert URLs into links
  • apply a localized format to dates
  • etc ()

To achieve this end result you need to filter the values. This is where SiriusFiltration comes into place

Elevator pitch

use Sirius\Filtration\Filtrator;

$filtrator = new Filtrator();

// add filters for title
$filtrator->add('title', 'trim');
$filtrator->add('title', 'strip_tags');
$filtrator->add('title', 'nullify');

// add filters for content in one go
$filtrator->add('content', [

$result = $filtrator->filter(array(
    'title' => '   <h1>My title has tags and is awesome</h1>',
    'content' => '   My content was trimmed'

/* $result is
    'title' => NULL ,
    'content' => 'My content was trimmed'

How to use SiriusFiltration

The $callbackOrFilterName parameter can be:

1. a class name that extends \Sirius\Filtration\Filter\AbstractFilter

$filtrator->add('slug', '\MyApp\Filtration\Filter\Sluggify');

2. a class name that belongs to the \Sirius\Filtration\Filter namespace

$filtrator->add('slug', 'StringTrim');

3. a filter registered within the filter factory

The filtrator depends on a FilterFactory

// create an instance of the filter factory; here through a DIC
$filterFactory = $dependencyInjectionContainer->get('Sirius\Filtration\FilterFactory');
$filterFactory->registerFilter('sluggify', '\MyApp\Filtration\Filter\Sluggify');

// inject the factory into the filtrator
$filtrator = new Filtrator($filterFactory);
$filtrator->add('slug', 'sluggify');

4. anything that is callable: a PHP function, a static method class, an invokable object etc.

The only things to keep in mind are:

  • The first argument must be the value you want filtered. trim, strtolower, ucwords are good candidates, but not str_replace.
  • The parameters passed to the callback will be added one after the other
  • Some PHP function will throw warnings if you pass more variables than expected and Sirius\Filtration adds the context as the last parameter of any callback
function myFilter($value, $arg1, $arg2, $arg3) {
    // this is your filter function

$filtrator->add('selector', 'myFilter', array(1, 2, 3));

The library comes with a list of built-in filters

the $options parameter can be:

  1. An associative array that will be passed to the filtrator class
  2. A non-associative array of arguments that will be passed to the callback
  3. A JSON string (will be converted into an array using json_decode)
  4. A jquery string (will be converted into an array using parse_str)

Removing filters

Sometimes you may want to remove filters (if your app uses events to alter its functionality). You can do that like this:

// remove a single filter that is a callback
$filtrator->remove('title', 'trim');

// remove a single filter that is a class
$filtrator->remove('slug', '\MyApp\Filtration\Filter\Sluggify');

// remove a single filter that is a registered filter
$filtrator->remove('slug', 'sluggify');

// remove all filters
$filtrator->remove('*', true);

Transforming data

Sometimes the data provided may come in "wrong" shape. For example a date field may be set in $_POST as an array on a different key but you only need a regular string to manipulate. For this situations you need to transform the data, not 'really' filter it.

$data = array(
    'date_as_array' => array(
        'year' => 2012,
        'month' => 1,
        'day' => 12
function convertDateArraysToString ($data, $source, $destination) {
    $data[$destination] = sprintf('%s-%s-%s', $data[$source]['year'], $data[$source]['month'], $data[$source]['day']);
    // make sure you return the data back
    return $data;

$filtrator->add(Filtrator::SELECTOR_ROOT, 'convertDateArraysToString', array('date_as_array', 'date'));
$data = $filtrator->filter($data);
$data['date'] == '2012-1-12'; // true

Filtering only one array element

Sometimes you may need to filter a single value. For example, you may have a filtrator object that you use for a form but you use AJAX to send a single value to the server; you still need to filter the value but you don't want to repeat yourself

$filteredValue = $filtrator->applyFilters('key[subkey]', $_POST['key']['subkey']);

The code above will apply all the filters associated with the selector that match the key[subkey] (key[*] or *[*] but not *) to the value passed as the second parameter.

Get the list of your filters

You may need to retrieve the list of filters for various reasons (eg: you need to converted into a list of javascript filters for the client side)

$filters = $filtrator->getFilters();
// returns an array
    'selector' => array(
        0 => array(
            'callback' => 'filter_callback',
            'params' => array(1, 2, 3),
            'recursive' => true


1. You cannot filter single values... easily.

// you cannot have something like
$filteredString = $filtrator->filter('single string');

// but you can filter fake it
$filteredString = $filtrator->filter(array('single_string'))[0];