A Symfony bundle to use hCaptcha in forms

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v3.3.0 2022-08-02 14:22 UTC

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This bundle brings into your Symfony website a new Form type, namely HCaptchaType, that is used to display and validate a CAPTCHA served by

This bundle is tested for Symfony major versions 3, 4, 5 and 6. Major version 2 works for Symfony 3 and 4, with PHP 7.2+ ; major version 3 for Symfony 5 and 6 with PHP 7.4 or 8.x. The test dependencies requirements can be more stringent.


Applications that use Symfony Flex

Open a command console, enter your project directory and execute:

$ composer require meteo-concept/hcaptcha-bundle

In order to avoid making you install another HTTP client if you already have a compatible one, this bundle depends on virtual packages, namely PSR-18 psr/http-client-interface and PSR-17 psr/http-factory-interface. If you don't have any real package already installed in your application providing an implementation for these, composer will complain that the bundle is not installable. In this case, you have to provide a real implementation at the same time as the bundle.

For instance, for Symfony 4, 5, and 6:

$ composer require meteo-concept/hcaptcha-bundle symfony/http-client nyholm/psr7

For Symfony 3:

$ composer require meteo-concept/hcaptcha-bundle guzzlehttp/guzzle nyholm/psr7

Applications that don't use Symfony Flex

Step 1: Download the Bundle

Install the bundle with one of the commands above. You now have to enable it and configure it without the recipe.

Step 2: Enable the Bundle

Then, enable the bundle by adding it to the list of registered bundles in the config/bundles.php file of your project:

// config/bundles.php

return [
    // ...
    MeteoConcept\HCaptchaBundle\MeteoConceptHCaptchaBundle::class => ['all' => true],


This captcha is provided with a Symfony flex contrib recipe so it should come with a configuration if you have those enabled. Otherwise, you can copy the configuration from the contrib repository:

Configure the bundle, for instance in config/packages/meteo_concept_hcaptcha.yml:

    hcaptcha_site_key: '%env(resolve:HCAPTCHA_SITE_KEY)%'
    hcaptcha_secret: '%env(resolve:HCAPTCHA_SECRET)%'

    site_key: '%hcaptcha_site_key%'
    secret: '%hcaptcha_secret%'
  validation: 'strict' # this is the default

with the corresponding change in .env:


The site key and secret are the values hCaptcha gives you at The global configuration makes all captchas use the same site key by default but it's possible to change it in the definition of each form.

The values shown here are dummy values usable for integration testing ( Put the real values in .env.local (at least, the secret, the site key is public).

The validation can be set to 'strict' or 'lax'. If it's 'lax', then the CAPTCHA will be considered valid even if the hCaptcha endpoint times out or return a HTTP 500 error for instance (so as to not frustrate the users too much). If it's strict (the default), then the CAPTCHA will not be considered valid unless the endpoint returns a "success: true" answer.

Configure Twig to load the specific template for the hCaptcha widget (or provide your own).

        - '@MeteoConceptHCaptcha/hcaptcha_form.html.twig'
        - ...

If you use Guzzle or another HTTP library, you may also need a configuration for that bundle and its services. For instance, for Guzzle, you probably need the following in services.yaml:

        class: GuzzleHttp\Client
        class: Nyholm\Psr7\Factory\Psr17Factory
        class: Nyholm\Psr7\Factory\Psr17Factory


Use the captcha in your forms:


namespace App\Form;

use Symfony\Component\Form\AbstractType;
use Symfony\Component\Form\FormBuilderInterface;
use Symfony\Component\OptionsResolver\OptionsResolver;
use Symfony\Component\Form\Extension\Core\Type\TextType;
use Symfony\Component\Form\Extension\Core\Type\TextareaType;
use Symfony\Component\Form\Extension\Core\Type\ChoiceType;

use MeteoConcept\HCaptchaBundle\Form\HCaptchaType;

class ContactType extends AbstractType
    public function buildForm(FormBuilderInterface $builder, array $options)
            ->add('name', TextType::class, [
                'label' => 'Name',
            ->add('email', TextType::class, [
                'label' => 'Email',
            ->add('message', TextareaType::class, [
                'label' => 'How can we help you ?',
            ->add('captcha', HCaptchaType::class, [
                'label' => 'Anti-bot test',
                // optionally: use a different site key than the default one:
                'hcaptcha_site_key' => '10000000-ffff-ffff-ffff-000000000001',

By default, the HCaptchaFormType class validates the field against constraints NotBlank and IsValidCaptcha (a new constraint installed with this bundle whose validator makes the CAPTCHA check by calling the hCaptcha API). You can override this set of constraints by passing the constraints option to the form builder. Also, HCaptchaFormType fields are passed 'mapped' => false by default since it doesn't make much sense to persist CAPTCHA values.

Updates and breaking changes

  • In major version 2, support for PHP7.1 has been dropped and support for PHP8.0 added.
  • In major version 3:
    • support for PHP <7.4 has been dropped
    • support for Symfony <5.3 has been dropped
    • support for Symfony 6.0 will be added eventually