Dotkernel Admin Application

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v2.0.0 2020-01-31 13:29 UTC


Dotkernel web starter package suitable for admin applications.


  • Admin application require PHP >= 7.1
  • In order to use the default setup and import the database files, you need MySQL


Create a new project directory and change dir to it. Run the following composer command

$ composer create-project dotkernel/admin .

The setup script will prompt for some custom settings. When encountering a question like the one below:

Please select which config file you wish to inject 'Zend\Session\ConfigProvider' into:
  [0] Do not inject
  [1] config/config.php
  Make your selection (default is 0):

For this option select [0] Do not inject because the frontend application already has an injected config provider which already contains the prompted configurations.

Remember this option for other packages of the same type? (y/N) y The ConfigProvider's can be left un-injected as the requested configurations are already loaded.


  • import the database schema, if you are using mysql, found in data/admin.sql
  • if using admin and frontend together, you can import the admin+frontend.sql database file
  • remove the .dist extension of the file local.php.dist located in config/autoload
  • edit local.php according to your dev machine. Fill in the database configuration and mail configuration
  • if you use the create-project command, after installation, the project will go into development mode automatically
  • you can also toggle development mode by using the composer commands
$ composer development-enable
$ composer development-disable
  • if not already done on installation, copy file to

This will enable dev mode having debug flag true and configuration caching off. It also make sure that any previously config cache is cleared.

Do not enable dev mode in production

  • Next, run the following command in your project's directory
$ php -S -t public
  • visit http://localhost:8080 in your browser

NOTE: If you are still getting exceptions or errors regarding some missing services, try running the following command

$ composer clear-config-cache

NOTE If you get errors when running composer commands like development-enable or clear-config-cache related to parsing errors and strict types it is probably because you don't have the PHP CLI version > 7.1 installed

If you cannot use these commands(for example if you cannot upgrade PHP globally) you can setup/clean the project by hand as described below or if you have a locally installed PHP 7.1 version installed you can use that

  • enable development mode by renaming the files config/development.config.php.dist and config/autoload/development.local.php.dist to removed the .dist extension
  • disable dev mode by reverting the above procedure
  • run bin/clear-config-cache.php using the proper PHP version if accessible OR
  • manually clear cached data from data/cache directory and optionally data/proxies

Default credentials

Login with username admin and password dotadmin.

These are the default credentials for the admin area.