Yii 2 minimal Application Template

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2.0.4 2019-02-13 21:40 UTC

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Yii 2 Minimal Application Template is a skeleton Yii 2 application best for starting totally from scratch.

The template contains the basic features including user login/logout. It includes all commonly used configurations that would allow you to focus on adding new features to your application.


  commands/           contains console commands (controllers)
  config/             contains application configurations
  controllers/        contains Web controller classes
  models/             contains model classes
  runtime/            contains files generated during runtime
  vendor/             contains dependent 3rd-party packages
  views/              contains view files for the Web application
  web/                contains the entry script and Web resources


The minimum requirement by this application template that your Web server supports PHP 5.4.0.


If you do not have Composer, you may install it by following the instructions at

You can then install this application template using the following command:

composer create-project --prefer-dist --stability=dev samdark/yii2-minimal path/to/your/project

Now you should be able to access the application through the following URL, assuming your server webroot is pointed to project/web directory.




Edit the file config/db.php with real data, for example:

return [
    'class' => 'yii\db\Connection',
    'dsn' => 'mysql:host=localhost;dbname=yii2minimal',
    'username' => 'root',
    'password' => '1234',
    'charset' => 'utf8',


  • Yii won't create the database for you, this has to be done manually before you can access it.
  • Check and edit the other files in the config/ directory to customize your application as required.