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Component interaction

Magewire bindings

Magewire provides a special attribute syntax to declare magic bindings.

These bindings are declared as HTML element attributes that start with the keyword wire:.
For example:

<button wire:click="...">Click me!</button>

If you are familiar with Alpine.js, you might recognize it looks similar to the binding <button x-on:click="...">Click me!</button>.

However, there is one important difference.
In the case of wire:* bindings they are not used to call a JavaScript functions, but instead, they will trigger an interaction with the PHP $magewire component!

The most common bindings are

  • wire:click="foo"
    Listens for a click event and calls the foo method of the component.
  • wire:foo="bar"
    Listens for a browser event called foo and calls the bar method of the component.
    (You can listen for any browser DOM event - not just those fired by Magewire!).
  • wire:model="foo" Assuming $foo is a public property on the component class, every time an input element with this directive is updated, the $magewire property value is synchronized.
  • wire:model.lazy="foo"
    Lazily syncs the input with its corresponding component property at rest.
  • wire:init="foo"
    Calls the foo method of the component immediately after it renders on the page.

A full list of all bindings is available in the Livewire documentation.

Binding syntax example

With the binding, the PHP method registerClick on the Magewire component will be executed when the visitor clicks the button.

<button wire:click="registerClick">Click me!</button>

"Magic" actions

Magewire provides a number of magic JavaScript functions that can be used to interact with compoment properties.

  • $set()
    Use the $set function to update a property of a Magewire component.
    Note that $set is NOT a PHP variable! It is more accurate to think of it as a JavaScript function that triggers that Ajax call to update the Magewire component property.

    <button wire:click="$set('foo', 'bar')">Set foo</button>

  • $toggle()
    Like $set(), except that it only takes the name of a boolean property and toggles the property value.

    <button wire:click="$toggle('prop')">Toggle Property prop</button>

  • $refresh()
    Request and render a new version of the component from the server.

    <button wire:click="$refresh()">Click me</button>

  • $emit() Broadcast a message to all components that have subscribed to it. See Subscribing to emit messages" for more information.

    <button wire:click="$emit('eventName', {foo: 123, bar: true})">Click me</button>

  • $emitTo() Send a message to a specific component. See Subscribing to emit messages for more information on emit.

    <button wire:click="$emitTo('', 'eventName', {foo: 123, bar: true})">Click me</button>

Updating properties

For the following examples, let's assume we are working with a Magewire component with a property $isSubscribed.

class ExampleComponent extends Component
    public $isSubscribed = false;

    // other code

If a property update happens as the main effect of user interaction, the magic $set() action is the most common way to update a property.

<button wire:click="$set('isSubscribed', true)">Set foo</button>

If the update happens inside a PHP function, simply assign the new property value:

// If the property is set inside of a component method (the usual case)
$this->isSubscribed = true;

// If the code is not in a component method:
$magewireComponent->isSubscribed = false;

Magewire components do NOT provide magic setter methods (only magic getters and hasers).

Use direct property assignment instead: $this->foo = 123.