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<mvt:assign> Executes the expression contained within value and saves that value to the variable defined in the name attribute.

Requires 5.18 Engine or Higher

Psuedo Syntax#

<mvt:assign name="variable" value="expression, string, or number" />

Basic Example#

<mvt:assign name="g.sum" value="1 + 2" />
The sum is: &mvt:global:sum;
The sum is: 3


Attribute Description
name This can be a local or global variable as defined by l. or g.. If no prefix given the default is a global variable.
value The value can either be an expression a string, a number or a combination of all three.


  • This function can create both global and local variables
  • Global variables are always available to output in the page template. (&mvt:global:test)
  • Local variables can only be output if they are a part of the l.settings structure (l.settings:test)
  • Any string (text) needs to be wrapped in single quotes or else it will be treated as a variable
  • Numbers do not need single quotes


Using Strings#

Strings are always defined by single quotes

<mvt:assign name="l.settings:foo" value="'bar'" />

Using Numbers#

Numbers do not need to be enclosed by single quotes

<mvt:assign name="l.settings:myvariable" value="(10+10) * 5" />

Using Expressions#

Any value contained in the value attribute will automatically be treated as an expression. This means text will be treated as variables and any function available with the Miva Empresa engine (link) will be evaluated.

<mvt:assign name="l.myvariable" value="substring(l.myvariable, 2, len(l.myvariable) " />

Finds the substring of l.myvariable starting at the second character until the end of the string and saves that value back into l.myvariable

Using Concatenation#

The $ is the concatenation operator in the Miva Template Language can everything is evaluated, it can be used in the value attribute within the mvt:assign tag.

<mvt:assign name="g.myvariable" value=" 'The length of this string is: ' $ len('hello world') " />


The length of this string is: 11

Outputting Values to the Page#

If you want to display a value to the screen it needs to a global variable or part of the l.settings structure.

Global Variable#

<mvt:assign name="g.myvariable" value="10" />

Local Variable#

<mvt:assign name="l.settings:myvariable" value=" 'hello world' " />


hello world


<mvt:assign name="l.myvariable" value=" 'this is a test' " />
This will NOT print anything to the page since it is not part of the l.settings structure