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To use myfw all we need is to:

  • download latest stable version here.

  • add a htaccess file to our root directory

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteRule ^ index.php [QSA,L]
  • include myfw.php, init and run.
require 'myfw.php';

$app = new myfw();


myfw can be use at least in two environments: web or cron.

Web environment. When used in web environment we need to add get(), post(), or map() methods and a last run() at end. get(), post() or map() methods require at least two arguments: url to match and function to execute.

require 'myfw.php';

$app = new myfw();
$app->get( '/', function(){


Cron environment. When used in cron environment we just need to add cron() methods. Cron method have two arguments, a string passed when executing cron by command line and function to execute.

require 'myfw.php';

$app = new myfw();
$app->cron( 'somearg', function(){

$app->cron( 'somearg2', function(){

To execute previous somearg cron, we only need to load file and specify somearg in command line: /bin/usr/php file.php somearg.

hello world

Let's create a simple example. Load a template file from our template directory, assign an url variable and display.

require 'myfw.php';

// init and set templates directory
$app = new myfw();
$app->config( 'templates.path', __DIR__ . '/templates' );

// on root
$app->get( '/', function() use ($app){
    $app->render( 'mytemplate', array( 'str' => 'Hello world' ) );


We need to inform myfw by using config() where are our template files so that render() can load them.


When using dynamic url's we must use variables and pass them in function. Example: display a news item based on url.

require 'myfw.php';

// init and set template directory
$app = new myfw();
$app->config( 'templates.path', __DIR__ . '/templates' );

$app->get( '/news/:id', function($id) use ($app){
    $app->render( 'mytemplate', array( 'str' => 'My news id is ' . $id ) );


Because myfw is integrated with twig template engine, for previous example we need a templates/mytemplate.tpl file:

{{ str }}


For each dynamic argument, we must add a pattern (eg: :id ), and a function argument (eg: function($id)). As good practice, we should always filter these arguments to control argument limits, sql injections and other problems. myfw has the setConditions() method that should describe all arguments and be placed on top before any action.

require 'myfw.php';

$app = new myfw();
$app->setConditions( array( 'id'   => '[0-9]{1,5}',
                            'arg1' => '[0-9a-zA-Z]{3,50}',
                            'arg2' => 'a|b' ) );

$app->get( '/news/:id', function($id) use ($app){

$app->get( '/other/:arg1/:arg2', function($arg1,$arg2) use ($app){


As alternative we can customize each action using conditions() method. Example:

$app->get( '/news/:id', function($id) use ($app){
})->conditions( array( 'id' => '[0-9]{1,5}' ) );


Most of times we have at least two environments: development (when our app is executed locally and some debugging is enabled) and production (when our app is executed on a remote server). This means that we need to assign distinct configuration options depending of our mode. To do this we only need to predefine config options using configureMode() for each mode and assign mode previously. Let's predefine development and production modes with different config settings:

require 'myfw.php';

$app = new myfw();

// choose mode
$app->config( 'mode', 'production' );

$app->configureMode( 'production', function () use ($app) {
    $app->config( array(
        'log.enable' => true,
        'debug' => false

$app->configureMode( 'development', function () use ($app) {
    $app->config( array(
        'log.enable' => false,
        'debug' => true



There are at least 3 different ways to define mode to use:

  • hardcoded: this is the previous example where we hard code mode: $app->config( 'mode', 'production' );;
  • by apache env variable: we need to customize our apache configuration and add a special variable SLIM_MODE and assign mode value; This method don't require an additional $app->config() call;
  • by a php env variable: we need to customize our php.ini fom our php configuration and add a variable. Can have any name, eg: app.mode = "development" and add it to our code: $app->config( 'mode', get_cfg_var( 'app.mode' ) );;


Sometimes is useful to create url actions that have same prefix. Instead of specifying each action separately we can group them. This has several advantages: code becomes much cleaner and we can create global features that affect all sub actions.

$app = new myfw();

$app->group('/backend', function() use ($app){

        $app->get('/adduser/:id', function ($id){

        $app->get('/showuser/:id', function ($id){



On myfw, creating a form and process all logic flow is very easy. All we need is to define form behaviour and myfw will process everything. We should:

  • create form elements, rules and (optional) filters;
  • default values to show when form is displayed for first time;
  • what to do when for is submitted and valid
require 'myfw.php';

$app = new myfw();
$app->map( '/contact', function() use ($app){
  $app->form()->addText( 'name', ... )
              ->addSelect( 'chooser', ... )

  $app->form()->setDefault( function(){
     return array( 'name' => ..., 'chooser' => ... );

  $app->form()->onSubmittedAndValid( function() use ($app){
     $formvalues = $app->form()->getValues();
     // do something with $formvalues
  $app->render( 'mytplfile', array( 'form' => $app->form() ) );
)->via( 'GET', 'POST' );


Note that, we don't need to create a new variable to handle form object, all internal myfw features are handle dynamically. Form object has lots of features to explore.


myfw database handling is very special. Every call is computed as a mysql stored procedure call. No hardcoded sql, no orm. All sql code is stored in mysql database and all we need is to invoke a procedure. Why stored procedures? From w3resouce.com:

  • Stored procedures are fast. MySQL server takes some advantage of caching, just as prepared statements do. The main speed gain comes from reduction of network traffic. If you have a repetitive task that requires checking, looping, multiple statements, and no user interaction, do it with a single call to a procedure that's stored on the server.
  • Stored procedures are portable. When you write your stored procedure in SQL, you know that it will run on every platform that MySQL runs on, without obliging you to install an additional runtime-environment package, or set permissions for program execution in the operating system, or deploy different packages if you have different computer types. That's the advantage of writing in SQL rather than in an external language like Java or C or PHP.
  • Stored procedures are always available as 'source code' in the database itself. And it makes sense to link the data with the processes that operate on the data.
  • _ Stored procedures are migratory! MySQL adheres fairly closely to the SQL:2003 standard. Others (DB2, Mimer) also adhere._
// load a news item. call findnewsid() mysql procedure
$app->db()->findOne( $result, 'findnewsid(nid|int)', array( 'nid' => $id ) );

All we need is to use db() and because we only want to retrieve one row, we can use findone() method to execute mysql findnewsid procedure. Because this procedure required an integer argument we must describe it including argument name nid and argument type int and include our argument values list in a array. Array values keys must match argument names definition. db methods always return call state (true if call is executed and a valid result was sent from database, false if call could not be completed or an invalid result was sent from database). Call result is stored in $result variable passed as first argument.

Additional methods

Example: get all elements (select):

// load all news. call findnews() mysql procedure
$app->db()->findAll( $results, 'findnews()' );

Example: update or insert elements:

$app->db()->query( 'newsinsert(id|int,title|str|255)', array( 'id' => $id, 'title' => $title ) );

Combining a db and a form object

Here goes a simple example of how to combine a form object with a db object. We will create a form, get default values from database, assign db values to form elements and if form is submitted and form element values are valid we update our item in database.

require 'myfw.php';

$app = new myfw();
$app->setConditions( array( 'id' => '[0-9]{1,5}' ) );

$app->map( '/item/:id', function($id) use ($app){

  $app->form()->addText( 'title', ... )->addSubmit();

  $app->form()->setDefault( function () use($app,$id){ 

        if( $app->db()->findOne( $result, 'findnewsid(nid|int)', array( 'nid' => $id )))
            return $result;        

        $app->form()->setErrorMessage( 'News item not available' )->hide();

  $app->form()->onSubmittedAndValid( function() use ($app,$id){

        if( $app->db()->apply( 'newsitemupdate(nid|int,title|str|255)', array( 'nid' => $id, 'title' => $app->form()->getValue( 'title' ) ) )
            $app->form()->setSubmitMessage( 'News item details changed.' );

  $app->render( ... );
)->via( 'GET', 'POST' );


Internationalization support is handle on php logic and template side. myfw uses php built-in gettext to handle translation with two functions _ and _n both on php and template side.

The main goal is to:

  • have a standard way in both php and template environments;
  • be compatible with PoEdit strings extration.

php examples

  • simple
 _( "hello world" );

eg: outputs translated "hello world";

  • variables
 _n( "welcome %s to %s", array( $name, $portal ) );

eg: if $name is david and $portal is domain.com, outputs translated "welcome david to domain.com".

  • singular/plural
 _n( "1 orange", "lots of oranges", $counter );

eg: if $counter is 1 outputs "1 orange", if $counter is 5 outputs "lots of oranges";

  • singular/plural translated with variables
_n( "1 orange", "%s oranges", $counter, $counter );

eg: if $counter is 1 outputs "1 orange", if $counter is 5 outputs "5 oranges";

  • singular/plural translated with variables per context:
_n( "1 orange in %s tree", "%s oranges in %s trees", $counter, array( 'big' ), array( $counter, 'small' ) );

eg: if $counter is 1 outputs "1 orange in big tree", if $counter is 5 outputs "5 oranges in small trees";

template examples

  • simple
_( "hello world" )
  • simples with variables
_n( "welcome %s to %s", [name, portal] )
  • singular/plural
_n( "1 orange", "lots of oranges", counter )
  • singular/plural translated with variables
_n( "1 orange", "%s oranges", counter, counter )
  • singular/plural translated with variables per context:
_n( "1 orange in %s tree ", "%s oranges in %s trees", counter, ['big'], [counter, 'small'] )


To init i18n support in myfw we need to setup i18n but setting translated files path for our LC_MESSAGES/lang/*.mo files by using i18n setPath() and optionally domain and codeset. Then, we only need to change language inside our actions.

$app = new myfw();
$app->i18n()->setPath( __DIR__ . '/../i18n' );

$app->get('/:lang/something', function( $lang ) use ($app){
    $app->i18n()->setLang( $lang );

i18n() supports session too. This way, we can use session value if exists:

$app->i18n()->setLang( 'en_US', true, true );

In previous example we are changing language to en_US, use session value if available (instead of en_US) and save en_US in session for future use.

PoEdit settings

PoEdit is the best opensource software to handle all transation stuff. One of the most useful feature is to be able to extract strings to compute *.po files. All we need is to:

  1. add *.tpl extension in python settings. Go to File > Preferences > select Python > Edit > change List of extensions separated by semicolons to: *.py;*.tpl
  • create a new file: File > New; or open an existing: File > Open;
  • create keywords: Catalog > Properties... > click tab Sourced keywords > add _n:1,2 and add _n:1


myfw has a built-in library to check patterns. These are just simple boolean methods that check an argument string and return true/false. These methods are integrated with form object when adding a form element so that we can check its value but we can use them alone too.

form integration

$app->map( '/contact', function() use ($app){
  $app->form()->addText( 'myelement', 'Label', array( 'required' => 'element is required' ) )
)->via( 'GET', 'POST' );


When adding a form element we can assign an array of rules as 3rd element. This is an array where each key is the rule name (rules method name) and value is the error message on an array with message and additional options.

$app->map( '/contact', function() use ($app){
  $app->form()->addText( 'myelement', 'Label', array( 'required' => 'element is required' ) )
              ->addText( 'mydescription', 'Description', array( 'required' => 'Descrition is required', maxlen => array( 'Description is too big', 200 ) ) )
)->via( 'GET', 'POST' );


stand alone

if( $app->rules()->maxlen( $x, 250 ) ){

myfw rules available:

  • required
  • numeric
  • maxlen
  • regex
  • email
  • not_email
  • money
  • ip
  • md5
  • tag
  • lettersonly
  • character
  • maxhyperlinks
  • value
  • maxlength
  • minlength
  • nopunctuation
  • alphanumeric
  • alphanumericstrict
  • captcha
  • selectvalid
  • matchfield
  • dontmatchfield
  • fieldrequired
  • httpurl
  • domain
  • subdomain
  • hexcolor


Like the rules library, filters library can be used in three environments: form, template and standalone.

Form filters

when adding form elements. If form is submitted and valid, element values will be filtered when retrieving values.

// add form elements
$app->form()->addText( 'myelement', 'Label', array(..), array( 'trim' ) );

$app->form()->onSubmittedAndValid( function() use ($app){

  // get values (filtered)
  $arr = $app->form()->getValues();

Template filters

All filters available in myfilters library and native twig filters can be used in a template.

native upper filter
{{ 'welcome'|upper }}

myfw md5 filter
{{ 'welcome'|md5 }}

Standalone filters

Filters library can be invoked directly in php and used as standalone too:

$filteredvalue = $app->filters()->gravatar( 'someemail' );

filters available:

  • abs

  • batch

  • capitalize

  • convert_encoding

  • date

  • date_modify

  • default

  • escape

  • first

  • format

  • join

  • json_encode

  • keys

  • last

  • length

  • lower

  • nl2br

  • number_format

  • merge

  • upper

  • raw

  • replace

  • reverse

  • round

  • slice

  • sort

  • split

  • striptags

  • title

  • trim

  • url_encode

  • trim

  • sha1

  • md5

  • nl2br

  • floatval

  • intval

  • shortify

  • hexcolor

  • statecolor

  • extension

  • order

  • t

  • m

  • rnumber

  • bcloudname

  • gravatar

  • url

  • domain

  • markdown

  • ago

  • xss


Session library contains simple methods to handle php $_SESSION. Instead of direct access we should use this simple library to store, delete, get session information.

// set $key 
$app->session()->set( $key, $label );

// set $key if not exists only
$app->session()->setcheck( $key, $label ); 

// get $key value
$k = $app->session()->get( $key );

// check if $key exists
if( $app->session()->exists( $key ) ){ .. }

// delete $key
if( $app->session()->delete( $key ) ){ .. }

// set pluralkey 'admin - x' ( same as $_SESSION[ 'admin' ][ 'x' ] )
$app->session()->set( array( 'admin', 'x' ), $valueA );
$app->session()->set( array( 'admin', 'y' ), $valueB );

// get pluralkey 'admin - x'
$valueA = $app->session()->get( array( 'admin', 'x' ) );
$valueB = $app->session()->get( array( 'admin', 'y' ) );


This is a simple library to handle apc or redis operations. Before access, set or delete a key make sure to setup enviroment with $app->config().

// default apc ti to leave
$app->config( 'apc.ttl', 600 );

// default redis time to leave
$app->config( 'redis.ttl', 600 );

// cache set using apc
$app->cache()->set( APP_CACHEAPC, $key, $value );
$app->cache()->apcset( $key, $value );

// cache set using redis
$app->cache()->set( APP_CACHEREDIS, $key, $value );
$app->cache()->redisset( $key, $value );

// cache apc delete
$app->cache()->delete( APP_CACHEAPC, $key );

// cache redis delete
$app->cache()->delete( APP_CACHEREDIS, $key );

Cache engine has a built-in middleware architecture to cache actions. If we have action that is static almost the time, we can active iscache so that the cached version is displayed:

require 'myfw.php';

$app = new myfw();

$app->get( '/news/:id', 'iscache', function($id) use ($app){
    $app->render( 'sometemplate', array( .. ) );

In previous example, if a /news/:id exists, all html will be displayed and no additional processing is done. If cache is empty or is first time, render() will automatically render template and store in cache so that next time /news/:id is invoked the cache version is displayed. Note that, iscache will work if:

  • apc engine is detected in server;
  • is a http request;
  • was not created any $app->form() inside action;


Cart library handles simple cart functions based on session library. There are some methods available like getItems, getTotalItems, getTotal, addItem, isItem, isItemValue, addExtra, getExtra, removeItem, updateItemProperty, getItemPropertyValue, checkItemProperty and clear.


Logging is useful when we need to check internal app behavior. Setup logging level in your config and just log.

$app->config( 'log.init', true );
$app->config( 'log.level', \Slim\Log::DEBUG );

$app->cron( 'somecron', function() use ($app){
    $app->log()->debug( 'my critical log line' );
    $app->log()->warning( 'my warning log line' );

Currently, log uses an internal php print ouput, useful when using in a cron environment.


Mail engine is a very simple library to send emails. This library is integrated with rackspace mailgun api for delivery so need some additional config() params.

// default params
$app->config( 'email.from', $from );
$app->config( 'email.to', $to );
$app->config( 'email.subject', $subject );

// mailgun specific
$app->config( 'email.mailgunkey', $key );
$app->config( 'email.mailgundomain', $domain );

// send email
$app->mailer()->send( $from, $to, $subject, $text );

// send simple email with default email.from config
$app->mailer()->sendsystem( $to, $subject, $text );

// send simple email with default email.from, email.to and email.subject config
$app->mailer()->sendinternal( $text );

html support

Mailer engine supports templates. This means that we can assign a template to mailer library so that when we send an email will be computed an email based on that html template.

We need to create a template file in our templates directory, add a content tag that will be used by mailer engine to inject message and inform mailer about the template filename:

mymail.tpl file:

some header
some footer
$app->config( 'email.template', 'mymail' );

mail headers

If we need to specify additional mail headers we have a configuration parameter for that. Useful if we need to add a 'bcc' header:

$app->config( 'email.headers', array( 'bcc' => 'someemail' ) );


urlFor() is the method to create application URLs so that you can freely change route patterns without breaking your application. This method ca be used in php environment (this is the native slim method) or on template environment:

Just add a name to each action:

$app = new myfw();
$app->get('/new/:name/go', function ($name) {
    echo "Some news item $name!";

php environment example:

$url = $app->urlFor( "newsitem", array( "name" => $someitem ) );

template environment example:

<a href="{{ urlFor( 'newsitem', {'name':someitem} ) }}">

eg, if someitem variable containg xpto, both environments will compute /new/xpto/go url.


Virus total is a google webservice to check files and websites based on some antivirus categorization. To use this lib we must set virustotal api key and use getInfo method to assign a website info.

// setup virustotal key
$app->config( 'vtotal.api', $key );

if( $app->vtotal()->getInfo( $info, "domain.com" ) ){
   // read $info


This library is the tranloadit webservice integration. All we need is to setup credentials and create an assembly using createAssembly() and/or request an assembly status info using request().

// setup key and secret
$app->config( 'transloadit.k', $key );
$app->config( 'transloadit.s', $secret );

// compute transloadit assembly
$assembly = array(
    'params' => array(
        'template_id' => 'abababababababababababababa',
        'steps'       => array(
                'mystep' => array( 
                     'param' => $paramvar,
                'otherstep' => array( 
                     'otherparam' => $otherparamvar

// transloadit assembly webservice call
if( $app->transloadit()->createAssembly( $result, $assembly ) ){

Transloadit createAssembly() just initialize the assembly. Then, transloadit webservice will process it and we need to retrieve results after some time. To do so, we need to use request() with our assembly url that we retrive in createAssembly $result.

if( $app->transloadit()->request( $returninfo, $assemblyUrl ) ){
    // do something with $resultinfo


Brightcloud is a webservice to categorize domains. Currently library retrieves a domain info. We need to setup credentials and infor getInfo() method.

$app->config( 'bcloud.k', $key );
$app->config( 'bcloud.s', $secret );

if( $app->bcloud()->getInfo( $result, "domain.com" ) ){
    // do something with $result