Doctrine migration service provider for Silex. Based on knplabs/migration-service-provider

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This is a simple homebrew schema migration system for silex and doctrine.


As usual, just include gridonic/migration-service-provider in your composer.json and register the service.

$app->register(new \Gridonic\Provider\MigrationServiceProvider(), array(
    'migration.path' => __DIR__.'/../src/Resources/migrations',
    'migration.register_before_handler' => true,
    'migration.migrations_table_name'   => 'migration_version',
Key Type Optional Description
migrations.path String, folder path - Where are your migrations?
migrations.register_before_handler Boolean x Should the service run the migrations on each boot?
migrations.migrations_table_name String x The name of the table in the database, where the migration_version is safed. Default schema_version

Enough small talk, I want to write migrations!

Perhaps, this documentation is not complete. So here are some links with more informations:

Running migrations

There are two ways of running migrations

Using the before handler

If you pass a migration.register_before_handler (set to true) when registering the service, then a before handler will be registered for migration to be run. It means that the migration manager will be run for each hit to your application.

You might want to enable this behavior for development mode, but please don't do that in production!

Using the migration:migrate command

If you installed the console service provider right, you can use the migration:migrate command, so your app does not have to run the migrations each time when your web-Application is called.

Writing migrations

A migration consist of a single file, holding a migration class. By design, the migration file must be named something like <version>_<migration_name>Migration.php and located in src/Resources/migrations, and the class <migration_name>Migration. For example, if your migration adds a bar field to the foo table, and is the 5th migration of your schema, you should name your file 05_FooBarMigration.php, and the class would be named FooBarMigration.

In addition to these naming conventions, your migration class must extends Gridonic\Migration\AbstractMigration, which provides a few helping method such as getVersion and default implementations for migration methods.

The migration methods consist of 4 methods, which are called in this order:

  • schemaUp
  • appUp
  • schemaDown
  • appDown


You get a Doctrine\DBAL\Schema\Schema instance where you can add, remove or modify the schema of your database.


After the schemaUp, you can edit the application - you get a Silex\Application instance for that. Here you can modify existing data after you have added a column.


After the appUp, you can modify the schema of your database again. You get a Doctrine\DBAL\Schema\Schema instance which you can use.


Last but not least, you can work again with a Silex\Application instance. Modify the existing data or something like this.

Migration infos

There's one last method you should know about: getMigrationInfos. This method should return a self-explanatory description of the migration (it is optional though, and you can skip its implementation). If you use Twig, we have built in a migration_infos for twig - perhaps a function just for the developer-mode.

You can then use it with something like that:

      Migration informations: {{ migration_infos }}


The MigrationServiceProvider is licensed under the MIT license. The original library from is taken from the KnpLabs.