Glue is a package to quickly bootstrap packages-based applications

0.3.0 2015-12-11 16:54 UTC

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What's Glue?

Glue is an adhesive substance used for sticking objects or materials together ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

Glue is also an helper package made to quickly bootstrap packages-based applications. At its core it's just a container and a quick PSR7 setup, on top of which are glued together service providers and middlewares.

This is not a microframework (in the sense that it doesn't frame your work). If this is what you're looking for I recommend instead using Silex, Slim or whatever you want. On the contrary, Glue is as its name indicates just a bit of glue to tie existing packages and middlewares together. It doesn't assume much, it won't get in your way, it's just a way to tie stuff together.

What does it look like

To be concise, Glue turns a common setup such as the following (container + router + PSR7):

// Create container
$container = new Container();

// Create router and routes
$router = new RouteCollection($container);
$router->get('/', 'SomeController::index');

// Create PSR7 middleware handler
$relay = (new RelayBuilder())->newInstance([
    function($request, $response, $next) use ($router) {
        $next($request, $router->dispatch($request, $response));

// Create PSR7 stack
$request = ServerRequestFactory::fromGlobals();
$response = $relay(new Request, new Response());

(new SapiEmitter())->emit($response);

Into this:

$app = (new Glue())
        new SomeServiceProvider(),
        new AnotherServiceProvider(),
        new LeagueRouteServiceProvider(),

// Decorates a router of your choice
$app->get('/', 'SomeController::index');


In order to be truly flexible, Glue accepts any PSR11 compatible container, and register its services through the service-provider standard.

As you can see Glue serves two purposes: eliminating recurring boilerplate in binding packages together, and providing service providers for common packages such as league/route. It is configurable and flexible, it won't get in your way, it's just here to help you not type the same things over and over again.

What's in the box

Glue provides several service providers out of the box:

  • Routing

    • Base routing system with league/route
    • PSR7 stack with zendframework/zend-diactoros
    • View engine with twig/twig
    • Facultative base controller
  • Business

    • Database handling with illuminate/database
    • Migrations with robmorgan/phinx
    • Command bus with league/tactician
  • Development

    • Dotenv files with vlucas/phpdotenv
    • Logs handling with monolog/monolog
    • Debugbar with maximebf/debugbar
    • Small CLI with symfony/console
    • Filesystem with league/flysystem
    • REPL with psy/psysh

Any of these can be overidden or removed; this package doesn't enforce any structure or the use of any dependency in particular.

Why? Because I do a lot of very small web applications, for myself or public ones, and I was tired of going through the same routine for the hundreth time. Then I thought others might have the same use case and here we are.


$ composer require madewithlove/glue


See the documentation for more informations.


Please see CHANGELOG for more information what has changed recently.


$ composer test


Please see CONTRIBUTING and CONDUCT for details.


If you discover any security related issues, please email instead of using the issue tracker.



The MIT License (MIT). Please see License File for more information.