[Since 0.5.3]


Sometimes you may wish to store items in the session only for the next request. You may do so using the flash method. Flash data stored in the session will only be available during the subsequent HTTP request, and then will be deleted.

For the flash functionality be s ure, that the ageFlash bootstrap in enabled in boot/bootstrap.php:

(new Core\Bootstraps\AgeFlash)->boot();

If you don't need flash, you may disable the ageFlash bootstrap for better performance.


Pletfix stores the flash data in the session under the _flash key. See the Session chapter for details about the session configuration.

Basic Usage

Get the Flash Instance

You can get an instance of the Flash from the Dependency Injector:

/** @var \Core\Services\Contracts\Flash $flash */
$flash = DI::getInstance()->get('flash');

You can also use the global flash() function to get the Flash instance, it is more comfortable:

$flash = flash();

Note, you can only write data to the cookie-based session as long as nothing has been sent to the browser. This also applies to the first read access, because the response header will be changed then.

Get Flash Data

The get method reads the data from the flash:

flash()->get('foo', 'default');

You can also use the global flash() function to get data from the flash directly:

$flash = flash('foo', 'default');

Set Flash Data

The set method writes the data to the flash:

flash()->set('foo', $foo);

Available Methods

The Flash object has these methods:

Method Listing


To age the flash data for the session, you may use the age method:



The clear method removes all items from the flash:


See also delete.


The delete method removes an entry from the flash:


See also clear.


The get method is used to retrieve items from the flash. If the item does not exist in the flash, null will be returned.

$value = flash()->get('key');

If you wish, you may pass a second argument to the get method specifying the default value you wish to be returned if the item doesn't exist:

$value = flash()->get('key', 'default');

There is also a shortlier way to get a session value:

$value = flash('key', 'default');


The has method may be used to determine if an item exists in the flash:

if (flash()->has('key')) {


The merge method merges the given values to the flash:

flash()->merge('errors', ['email' => 'It is not an email address!']);


If you need to keep your flash data for an additional request, you may use the reflash method:

flash()->reflash(); // keeps all flash data

flash()->reflash(['name', 'age', 'gender']);


The set method may be used to store an item in the flash:

session()->set($key, $value);

The value is only be available during the subsequent HTTP request.


The setNot method flashes a value for immediate use:

flash()->setNow('message', 'Operation was successfull!');

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