🧿 Bolt 4 Core





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Bolt CMS is an open source, adaptable platform for building and running modern websites. Built on PHP, Symfony and more. Read the site for more info.

To check out Bolt and set up your first Bolt installation, read Installing Bolt 4.

This repository should be used to work on Bolt. Not with Bolt. If you want to check out Bolt, the composer create-project method is recommended. See here: .

Cleanse this world with flame
End this, cleanse this
Rebuild and start again
Obliterate what makes us weak

-- Hatebreed - Destroy Everything


Follow the progress on the development of Bolt 4, at these locations

To set up a running development environment of Bolt 4 please perform the following steps 1 to 4:

1 Install

To install a development version of Bolt 4:

  • Check out this git repository
  • Then run:
echo "\n\nAre you sure you shouldn't use instead?\n\n"
sleep 5
composer install
npm install && npm run build

Alternatively, run make install, on a UNIX-like system.

If you already have Bolt 4 installed and need to update dependencies run:

composer update

Or install with Docker

To install a development version of Bolt 4 with Docker:

  • Check out the git repo
  • Then run:
echo "\n\nAre you sure you shouldn't use instead?\n\n"
sleep 5
make docker-install

Actually, just add docker- prefix to any Make command and that's it!

When installed with Docker, in your browser go to for the frontend, and to for the Admin Panel.

2 Set up Database

  • Configure the database connection in .env or stick with the default SQLite, which should work out of the box.
  • Then run:
bin/console doctrine:database:create
bin/console doctrine:schema:create
bin/console doctrine:fixtures:load -n

Alternatively, run make db-create, on a UNIX-like system.

Note: if you're using SQLite, ensure that var/db/ is readable and writable to you, as well as to the webserver users. The same applies to the file var/data/bolt.sqlite if it already exists.

3 Re-set the Database

This is a Bolt prototype in flux, so stuff can break, and you might want to reset the database to the "factory settings". To re-set a database to the latest, with fresh dummy-content run the following:

bin/console doctrine:schema:drop --force
bin/console doctrine:schema:create
bin/console doctrine:fixtures:load -n

Alternatively, run make db-reset, on a UNIX-like system.

4 How to build assets

To set up initially, run npm install to get the required dependencies / node_modules. Alternatively give the path to the python executable (npm install --python="/usr/local/bin/python3.7") Then:

  • Prepare directory structure mkdir -p node_modules/node-sass/vendor
  • Rebuild npm environment for current OS npm rebuild node-sass
  • Run npm run start (alternatively npm run start --python="/usr/local/bin/python3.7")

See the other options by running npm run. (Note: on testing remotely, assets can be compiled into public/assets by simply npm run-script build)

5 Run the prototype

  • Using the Symfony CLI tool, just run symfony server:start.

  • Alternatively, run bin/console server:start (if running bin/console server:startdoes not work because you don't have the pcntl extension, run bin/console server:run)

In your browser, go to for the frontend, and to for the Admin Panel.

You can log on, using the default user & pass:

  • user: admin
  • pass: admin%1

Code Style checking / Static Analysis

Run the following commands with make, to perform Code Style checking and automatic fixing:

  • make cscheck: Run ECS and PHPStan
  • make csfix: Run ECS, perform automatic fixes and run PHPStan

On windows, you can run the commands separately:

vendor/bin/ecs.bat check src
vendor/bin/ecs.bat check src --fix
vendor/bin/phpstan.bat analyse -c phpstan.neon src


Bolt uses several testing frameworks for different test layers:

  • unit: PHPSpec, PHPUnit, Jest
  • integration (of Symfony services): PHPUnit with KernelTestCase
  • functional (API Contracts): Behat
  • acceptance (UI, end-to-end): Behat/Mink

To run PHP unit tests:

make test

To run E2E tests:

make behat-js

Read more about running and creating tests on the e2e tests page.

Fixing IDE issues

  • PHPStorm does not see @bolt Twig namespace.

    The namespace needs to be added manually in Twig Plugin settings, pointing to templates folder.


These are the translations used in Bolt. We rely on the community to expand on new translations, and keep them up to date. If you wish to participate, read the instructions here.

Several translation-related Console commands are available:

  • bin/console translation:download - Download translations from Loco (replaces all local ones)
  • bin/console translation:sync bolt down - Download translations from Loco (replaces local changes if there is a conflict)
  • bin/console translation:sync bolt up - Send updated translations to Loco


The ongoing Bolt development takes place under the care of: