Zend Framework Pagination

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This is a way to have Zend Framework Pagination (Paginator) working so that it remembers the query across mulitiple pages. This seemed like such a simple and obvious task, but the solution is not so obvious. The trick is to test if ‘isPost()’ then save the query to the session variable. That way when a visitor travels to page two we have the query in the session variable. No URL tricks or other tom foolery.

/IndexController.php public function searchAction() { $value = $this->_request->getPost(‘query’);

    // Start a session
    $session = new Zend_Session_Namespace('value');

    // If $value is a post then the search has just been submitted.
    if ($this->getRequest()->isPost()) {
        $session->value = $value;

    // Get the select from Zend_DB
    $amazon = new Model_Example();
    $result = $amazon->searchExample($session->value);

    // Assign Paginator data to view
    $this->view->paginator = $this->_addPaginator($result);
    $this->view->query = $session->value;

private function _addPaginator($select)
    $page = $this->_getParam('page', 1);
    $paginator = new Zend_Paginator(new Zend_Paginator_Adapter_DbSelect($select));
    return $paginator;



Credit: http://www.zfforums.com/zend-framework-components-13/databases-20/problem-zend_paginator-dynamic-select-query-2209.html#post7087

Did this help you out? It took me a few days to piece together all this information together, I hope this saves you some time (who knows, maybe the future me will be thankful I wrote this down). Let me know your thoughts. shanestillwell@gmail.com