Preconfigured template to create an API based on the Symfony framework

1.0.0 2020-07-08 12:21 UTC

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Last update: 2022-11-08 18:05:35 UTC


  • Synfony version : 5.1.2

Table of content

  • Getting started
  • Configuration
    • Doctrine
    • unit tests
    • PHPStan
    • JWT Configuration
  • First Functional test
  • Contributing
  • License

Getting Started

Requirements :

  • PHP 7.2.5
  • ext-ctype
  • ext-iconv
  • ext-json

First create a new project with composer

$ composer create-project mael/symfony-api-template

In the composer.json file, change the name of the project by yours as well as the description and the license.


Before you can start your project, you need to do some basic configuration


In the .env file, modify the DATABASE_URL by filling in your identifiers (see the Symfony documentation)

Unit tests

Our template provides you with a lot of tools for unit testing, you'll have to configure some things to suit your project

First, in the files WebTestCase.php and ApiTestCase.php you need to modify the login information that will be used to log in to a user.

You need to fill in the following variables $username, $password and $route

Ex :

public function login(string $username = 'test', string $password = 'test', string $route = '/api/login')


We also added PHPStan which allows you to detect errors in your code, you can change the level of detection in the phpstan.neon file.

You will find PHPStan's documentation via this link

JWT Configuration

We assume that your api will use the LexikJWTAuthenticationBundle. You will find the configuration in config/packages

First, in the .env file, modify JWT_PASSPHRASE by a string that you will choose

When you do the following two commands, it will ask you to enter the passphrase you previously selected

For JWT authentication to work, you need to generate two :

$ openssl genpkey -out config/jwt/private.pem -aes256 -algorithm rsa -pkeyopt rsa_keygen_bits:4096
$ openssl pkey -in config/jwt/private.pem -out config/jwt/public.pem -pubout

We have also added a bundle to refresh the JWT token, you will find the documentation here

You can also configure the route in the config/route.yaml file.

Be careful, you have to configure the authentication system yourself via JWT, in the security.yaml file (see the bundle documentation

First Functional test

During your first functional tests you will have to generate the sqlite database using the command

$ php bin/console doctrine:database:create --env test


If you want to contribute to the improvement of the template, you can :

  • Fork this repo
  • Make your change
  • Create pull request


This repository is under MIT License