Yii 2 Playground

2.0.8 2016-04-28 16:06 UTC

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Last update: 2020-08-24 09:03:26 UTC


Copied from Yii 2 Basic Project Template to be used as playground, experiment or anything fun :D

Please contact me if you want some feature to be added into this template.


  assets/             contains assets definition
  commands/           contains console commands (controllers)
  config/             contains application configurations
  controllers/        contains Web controller classes
  mail/               contains view files for e-mails
  models/             contains model classes
  runtime/            contains files generated during runtime
  tests/              contains various tests for the basic application
  vendor/             contains dependent 3rd-party packages
  views/              contains view files for the Web application
  web/                contains the entry script and Web resources


The minimum requirement by this project template that your Web server supports PHP 5.4.0.


Install from an Archive File

Extract the archive file downloaded from to a directory named basic that is directly under the Web root.

Set cookie validation key in config/web.php file to some random secret string:

'request' => [
    // !!! insert a secret key in the following (if it is empty) - this is required by cookie validation
    'cookieValidationKey' => '<secret random string goes here>',

You can then access the application through the following URL:


Install via Composer

If you do not have Composer, you may install it by following the instructions at

You can then install this project template using the following command:

php composer.phar global require "fxp/composer-asset-plugin:~1.1.1"
php composer.phar create-project --prefer-dist --stability=dev fredyns/yii2-playground playground

Setup Database

create your database & setup your configuration in /config/db/php.

as you can see, there is timezone command in the db config.

this template using database as session storage. import the structure from /database/changelog/2016-08-21_21-17_yii-session-table.sql

FYI, i did not create any migration, all database modification will be recorded in /database/changelog/ import them in order.

Open Your Site

Now you should be able to access the application through the following URL, assuming playground is the directory directly under the Web root.




Edit the file config/db.php with real data, for example:

return [
    'class' => 'yii\db\Connection',
    'dsn' => 'mysql:host=localhost;dbname=yii2playground',
    'username' => 'root',
    'password' => 'root',
    'charset' => 'utf8',


  • Yii won't create the database for you, this has to be done manually before you can access it.
  • Check and edit the other files in the config/ directory to customize your application as required.
  • Refer to the README in the tests directory for information specific to basic application tests.