Smart-serializer is a tiny library which allows to serialize PHP objects. It supports routes, translations and nested objects of Symfony.

1.0.3 2022-12-06 08:06 UTC

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Last update: 2023-09-06 09:42:33 UTC


It's the tiny library which can be used in any of PHP projects, however it was designed mainly to support Symfony projects (Symfony 6 and above).

How to install

Call following command to add it to your project:

composer require smartgroup/smart-serializer

How to use

This library is easy to use. For the entity or object which needs to be serialized, just annotate it's properties or methods with Snapshot annotation.

class Photo
    private ?int $id;

    private string $locale = 'pl';

    #[Snapshot(isObject: true)]
    private PhotoGallery $photoGallery;

    private string $title;
    private string $slug;

Having the code above you will receive a serialized object, which contains fields which are annotated. To receive the serialized object just call:

$serializedObject = Serializer::getSnapshot($photoObject, true);

Snapshot annotation options

Annotating the object with Snapshot annotation, you have following options:

  • isObject - field is an object which should be serialized as well
  • isDate - object is a date
  • dateFormat - if object is a date you can specify the output format of date, by default it is 'Y-m-d H:i:s'
  • fieldName - by default name of the value is the field name, but you can overwrite the name by putting value here
  • isRoute - it will parse the value to extract the real route using symfony/router (it requires to pass symfony/router interface to getSnapshot method)
  • isCollection - it will extract the value as the serialized collection
  • translate - it will translate the value using symfony/translate (it requires to pass symfony/translate interface to getSnapshot method)


This project is maintained by a community of developers. Contributions are welcome and appreciated. You can find Jodit on GitHub; feel free to start an issue or create a pull requests: