You can configure your views via class-level config. Basic configuration looks like this:

class MyView < Dry::View
  config.paths = [File.join(__dir__, "templates")]
  config.layout = "application"
  config.template = "my_view"



  • paths (required): An array of directories that will be searched for all templates (templates, partials, and layouts).
  • template (required): Name of the template for rendering this view. Template name should be relative to your configured view paths.
  • layout: Name of the layout to render templates within. Layouts are found within the layouts_dir within your configured view paths. A false or nil value will use no layout. Defaults to nil.
  • layouts_dir: Name of the directory to search for layouts (within the configured view paths). Defaults to "layouts"
  • default_format: The format used when looking up template files (templates are found using a <name>.<format>.<engine> pattern). Defaults to :html.

Rendering environment

  • scope: a scope class to use when rendering the view's template
  • default_context: a context object to use during rendering (if none is provided via the context: option when #call-ing the view)

Template engine

  • renderer_options: a hash of options to pass to the template engine, defaults to {default_encoding: "utf-8"}. Template engines are provided by Tilt; see Tilt's documentation for what options your template engine may support.
  • renderer_engine_mapping: a hash specifying the template engine class to use for a given format, e.g. {erb: Tilt::ErubiTemplate}. Template engine detection is automatic based on format; use this setting only if you want to force a non-preferred engine.

Sharing configuration via inheritance

In an app with many views, it’s helpful to use inheritance to share common settings. Create a base view class containing your app’s default settings, and inherit from it for each individual view.

module MyApp
  class View < Dry::View
    # Set common configuration in the shared base view class
    config.paths = [File.join(__dir__, "templates")]
    config.layout = "application"
    config.part_namespace = View::Parts
    config.scope_namespace = View::Scopes

module MyApp
  module Views
    class Home < MyApp::View
      # Set view-specific configuration in subclasses
      config.template = "home"

Changing configuration at render-time

Some configuration-related options can also be passed at render-time, to Dry::View#call.

  • format: Specify another format for rendering the view. This overrides the default_format setting.
  • context: Provide an alternative context object for the template scope. This is helpful for providing a context object that has, for example, data specific to the current HTTP request.

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