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Template for new PHP projects

v10.6.0 2019-10-14 09:00 UTC


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This is a template for the new PHP projects.

Developed by Qobo, used in Qobrix.

Some of the projects using this template are:


There are two ways to install and start using this project template.


You can create a new project from this template using composer.

composer create-project qobo/project-template example.com
cd example.com
./bin/build app:install PROJECT_NAME="My Project",PROJECT_VERSION="v1.0.0"


Alternatively, if you want to be able to update your project to the latest version of the template, you can install the template with git.

mkdir example.com
cd example.com
git init
# Pull the latest version from https://github.com/QoboLtd/project-template/releases
git pull git@github.com:QoboLtd/project-template.git vX.Y.Z
composer update
./bin/build app:install PROJECT_NAME="My Project",PROJECT_VERSION="v1.0.0"
# Add your own remote repository
git remote add origin git@github.com/USER/REPO
# Push
git push origin master

With the above approach, you have the full history of the template development. You can do your own development now, and upgrade to the latest template at any point in the future.


If you installed the project template using git, you can easily upgrade your application to the latest template with the following:

cd exmample.com
# Make sure you are on the master branch and have a clean and up-to-date workspace
git checkout master
git pull origin master
# Create a new branch
git checkout -b project-template-update
# Pull the latest version from https://github.com/QoboLtd/project-template/releases
git pull git@github.com:QoboLtd/project-template.git vX.Y.Z
composer update
./bin/build app:update
# Check for conflicts, resolve if any, commit, and then push
git push origin project-template-update
# Create a pull request, review, and merge


Now that you have the project template installed, check that it works before you start working on your changes. Fire up the PHP web server:


Or run it on the alternative port:

./bin/phpserv -S localhost:9000

In your browser navigate to http://localhost:8000. You should see the standard phpinfo() page. If you do, all parts are in place.


Now you can develop your PHP project as per usual, but with the following advantages:

  • Support for PHP built-in web server
  • Per-environment configuration using .env file, which is ignored by git
  • Powerful build system (Robo) integrated
  • Composer integrated with vendor/ folder added to .gitignore .
  • PHPUnit integrated with tests/ folder and example unit tests.
  • Sensible defaults for best practices - favicon.ico, robots.txt, MySQL dump, Nginx configuration, GPL, etc.

For example, you can easily automate the build process of your application by modifying the included Robo files in build/ folder. Run the following command to examine available targets:


As you can see, there are already some placeholders for your application's build process. By default, it is suggested that you have these:

  • app:install - for installation process of your application,
  • app:update - for the update process of the already installed application, and
  • app:remove - for the application removal process and cleanup.

You can, of course, add your own, remove these, or change them any way you want. Have a look at Robo documentation for more information on how to use these targets and pass runtime configuration parameters.


PHPUnit and PHP CodeSniffer

The fastest and simplest way to run PHPUnit and PHP CodeSniffer is via a composer script:

./bin/composer test

Alternatively, you can run the test with code coverage reports:

./bin/composer test-coverage

Code coverage reports in HTML format will be placed in ./build/test-coverage/ folder.

Travis CI

Continious Integration is a tool that helps to run your tests whenever you do any changes on your code base (commit, merge, etc). There are many tools that you can use, but project-template provides an example integration with Travis CI.

Have a look at .travis.yml file, which describes the environment matrix, project installation steps and ways to run the test suite. For your real project, based on project-template, you'd probably want to remove the example tests from the file.


project-template provides a few examples of how to write and organize unit tests. Have a look in the tests/ folder. Now you have NO EXCUSE for not testing your applications!