Text formatters are scripts that can be applied to certain types of fields in Symphony to transform or format their content before saving. A set of Markdown text formatters is included in Symphony’s core, and additional text formatters (such as Textile or WYSIWYG editors) are available as extensions.


Text formatters are applied to fields during section creation and editing. If a field’s type allows for text formatters to be applied, a Text Formatter field will be included in its settings pane. Textarea is the only default field type that allows text formatters to be applied to its content.


Symphony includes three text formatters by default: Markdown, Markdown Extra, and Markdown Extra plus SmartyPants.

Related Concepts

Symphony • Open Source XSLT CMS

Server Requirements

  • PHP 5.3-5.6 or 7.0-7.3
  • PHP's LibXML module, with the XSLT extension enabled (--with-xsl)
  • MySQL 5.5 or above
  • An Apache or Litespeed webserver
  • Apache's mod_rewrite module or equivalent

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