Easily setup and use backbone.js with Symfony2

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v1.0.0 2013-03-21 02:44 UTC


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Easily setup and use backbone.js with Symfony 2.1.1 and greater (it probably works in older versions but not tested)

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What you need

This bundle requires Symfony 2.1.1 or greater (it probably works in older versions but not tested)

The latest versions of jquery, underscore.js and backbone.js are included.


Step 1: Download DevtimeBackboneBundle using composer

Add DevtimeBackboneBundle in your composer.json:

    "require": {
        "devtime/backbone-bundle": "dev-master"

Now tell *composer to download the bundle by running the command:

$ php composer.phar update devtime/backbone-bundle

Composer will install the bundle to your project's vendor/devtime directory.

  • Note: If you don't have Composer yet, download it following the instructions on or just run the following command:
curl -s | php

Step 2: Enable the bundle

Enable the bundle in the kernel:

// app/AppKernel.php

public function registerBundles()
    $bundles = array(
        // ...
        new Devtime\BackboneBundle\DevtimeBackboneBundle(),

Layout / Directory structure

Create the basic directory structure for your backbone files. Remember that you only need to do this once!.

php app/console backbone:install AcmeDemoBundle

This will create the following directory structure under Resources/public/js/:


It will also create a toplevel app.js file to setup namespacing and setup initial requires.

After this you need to install (publish) your assets

php app/console assets:install

And you should see all the files now under your web dir ready for your template! web/bundles/acmedemo/js/

// src/Acme/DemoBundle/Resources/views/layout.html.twig
        {% block javascripts %}
            <script src="{{ asset('bundles/acmedemo/js/jquery.min.js') }}" type="text/javascript"></script>
            <script src="{{ asset('bundles/acmedemo/js/underscore.js') }}" type="text/javascript"></script>
            <script src="{{ asset('bundles/acmedemo/js/backbone.js') }}" type="text/javascript"></script>
            <script src="{{ asset('bundles/acmedemo/js/app.js') }}" type="text/javascript"></script>
        {% endblock %}

After putting this in your template and reloading the page you should see a popup message saying: "Hellow from Backbone!"


This bundle provides a simple generator to help you get started with your backbone.js classes. The generator will only create client side code (javascript).

php app/console backbone:scaffold AcmeDemoBundle model

The scaffold generator creates skeleton router, view, model and collection classes

Example Usage

php app/console backbone:install AcmeDemoBundle
Installing backbone for bundle "AcmeDemoBundle"
create /Resources/public/js/collections
create /Resources/public/js/models
create /Resources/public/js/routers
create /Resources/public/js/views
create /Resources/public/js/templates
create /Resources/public/js/backbone.js
create /Resources/public/js/underscore.js
create /Resources/public/js/app.js
create /Resources/public/js/jquery.min.js
php app/console backbone:scaffold AcmeDemoBundle entry
Generating backbone scaffold classes for bundle "AcmeDemoBundle"
create /Resources/public/js/models/entry.js
create /Resources/public/js/collections/entries.js
create /Resources/public/js/routers/entries_router.js
create /Resources/public/js/views/entries/entries_index.js
php app/console assets:install

Output dir structure

|-- app.js
|-- backbone.js
|-- collections
|   `-- entries.js
|-- jquery.min.js
|-- models
|   `-- entry.js
|-- routers
|   `-- entries_router.js
|-- templates
|-- underscore.js
`-- views
    `-- entries
        `-- entries_index.js

Install without javascript assets

php app/console backbone:install DevtimeRafflerBundle --no-underscore --no-backbone --no-jquery

Using another jquery version or CDN hosted jquery

If you want to use your own jquery lib, just remove the jquery line in your template:

<script src="{{ asset('/bundles/acmedemo/js/jquery.min.js') }}" type="text/javascript"></script>

And make sure the other lines are AFTER your jquery lib is included:

{% block head %}
        {% block javascripts %}
            <script src="" type="text/javascript"></script>
            <script src="{{ asset('/bundles/acmedemo/js/underscore.js') }}" type="text/javascript"></script>
            <script src="{{ asset('/bundles/acmedemo/js/backbone.js') }}" type="text/javascript"></script>
            <script src="{{ asset('/bundles/acmedemo/js/app.js') }}" type="text/javascript"></script>
        {% endblock %}
{% endblock %}

Sample App

This simple app was created with this bundle: