Symfony okoa base project

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This project runs via docker, specifically using docker-compose. To run the project make sure you have the docker client and docker-compose installed and then simply run docker-compose up to start it.

If you have a configuration for which it is not possible to run docker (or for which docker is too slow to run this project), you can choose to run this project using vagrant. This will start up a linux machine that allows you to run docker-compose as best as possible for this project. To use that simply run vagrant up and login to the virtual machine using vagrant ssh. You can then use docker-compose up as if it was your local machine.

To install vagrant and virtualbox on OSX you can use:

brew cask install vagrant virtualbox


You can start the containers by running

docker-compose up

Alternatively when using vagrant, you can use


This will start the VM, log you in to the VM and run docker-compose up to start the services. Issueing either of these commands will start up all required services and forward ports to localhost (all these services are available on localhost):

  • PostgreSQL: configured to allow access by any user defined (by default the tg username is available). The PostgreSQL instance is available on port 5432.
  • MailHog: http://localhost:1080/ (SMTP is listening on mailhog:1025 for the app container)
  • Production website: http://localhost:80/ (running using nginx and php-fpm) Note when running on vagrant this address is http://localhost:8880 instead.
  • Development website: http://localhost:8080/ (running using nginx and php-fpm)
  • Selenium grid: http://localhost:4444/
  • Chrome debug: vnc://localhost:15900/ (password secret)
  • Firefox debug: vnc://localhost:15901/ (password secret)

To run commands inside of the app container you can either use docker-compose run app [command] or bin/run [command].

Asset compilation

To build assets, you can run the command gulp build. This will generate all assets and minified versions, and place them inside the web/assets folder.

When working on assets you can use a watch command to automatically recompile scripts and stylesheets on changes. This will also start a livereload server allowing pages to be automatically refreshed when the updated assets are available. To run the watch command you must use gulp watch. Note that this command is not automatically started with the vagrant machine, to run it inside vagrant use:

bin/run gulp watch

Or alternatively when using vagrant:

bin/vagrant gulp watch

To clean previous versions of assets you may run gulp clean, this will ensure that any old assets are removed before generating new ones. A full list of available tasks can be shown with gulp -T.


When the virtual machine is first started the project is not yet setup properly. To setup the machine, simply run bin/setup inside the app container. If the project was not previously configured an installation wizzard should start automatically.

A local version for first setup of the project may either be obtained by cloning (or downloading) this repository and removing the git history, or by running composer create-project tweedegolf/symfony-okoa [target-dir].


Once a project was updated the bin/update command may help for an easy update of the project to the latest state.