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Zend Framework Skeleton for creating command line applications

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This Zend Framework application is intended to be used as a boilerplate for your own command line applications.


  • PHP >= 5.6
  • zfcampus/zf-console ^1.0


Run composer install to get all dependant packages.

  • Download the latest composer.phar file from and save it to the root directory of this project
  • Run the following command from the root directory of this project:
php composer.phar install


This application is console-aware. It has predefined the following console commands:

  • help, which will list all available commands
  • version, which will show you the current version information
  • autocomplete, which provides auto-completion support for bash, zsh, and any shell that understands auto-completion rules in a similar fashion.

Typical usage will look like this for your application:

$ php bin/cli.php help


Make sure to read the official documentation of zfcampus/zf-console and check the following files for an example of creating a new command in your application.

  • config/routes.php --> to find an example of defining a new command
  • src/ExampleHandler.php --> to find an example of a command handler

Build and Package

If you want to distribute your command line application and make it easier for your users then you can give them one stand-alone file to run with everything that is needed packed into it. In PHP this can be achieved by creating a phar file (

The ZendCliSkeleton comes with a built-in support for creating phar phar files. In the build/ directory you will find phar.php file that creates for you such file. Typical usage is:

$ php build/phar zf-tool

The command above will create a new file build/zf-tool.phar that you can distribute. If you want the name of your app to be something else, then replace zf-tool in the command above with the name of your choice.

There is also second command, targeting bash shell, that can help you automate clean build of your phar file. If you run it like this:

$ bash build/

The bash script will try to create you phar file by fetching the source code if the application from its git repository, then download dependant libraries described in the composer.json file and finally pack everything into one build/cli.phar file.