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The "Symfony Standard Edition" distribution

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Welcome to the Symfony Standard Edition - a fully-functional Symfony2 application that you can use as the skeleton for your new applications.

This document contains information on how to download, install, and start using Symfony. For a more detailed explanation, see the Installation chapter of the Symfony Documentation.

  1. Checking your System Configuration

Before starting coding, make sure that your local system is properly configured for Symfony.

Execute the check.php script from the command line:

php app/check.php

Access the config.php script from a browser:


If you get any warnings or recommendations, fix them before moving on.

  1. Installing the Standard Edition

Set rights / facl

chmod 777 app/cache app/logs
setfacl -d -m g::rwx app/cache app/logs
setfacl -d -m o::rwx app/cache app/logs

Update vendors using Composer

As Symfony uses Composer to manage its dependencies, the recommended way to create a new project is to use it.

If you don't have Composer yet, download it following the instructions on or just run the following command:

curl -s | php

Then use the following command to install vendors:

php composer.phar update

Create your database

  • Edit your database access in app/config/parameters.yml
  • Create the database if it does not exist
    php app/console doctrine:database:create
  • Update database schema (use --force to force update)
    php app/console doctrine:schema:update

Create a backend user

php app/console fos:user:create admin admin --super-admin

Now you can access the admin panel :

  1. Browsing the Demo Application

Congratulations! You're now ready to use Symfony.

From the config.php page, click the "Bypass configuration and go to the Welcome page" link to load up your first Symfony page.

You can also use a web-based configurator by clicking on the "Configure your Symfony Application online" link of the config.php page.

To see a real-live Symfony page in action, access the following page:

  1. Getting started with Symfony

This distribution is meant to be the starting point for your Symfony applications, but it also contains some sample code that you can learn from and play with.

A great way to start learning Symfony is via the Quick Tour, which will take you through all the basic features of Symfony2.

Once you're feeling good, you can move onto reading the official Symfony2 book.

A default bundle, AcmeDemoBundle, shows you Symfony2 in action. After playing with it, you can remove it by following these steps:

  • delete the src/Acme directory;

  • remove the routing entries referencing AcmeBundle in app/config/routing_dev.yml;

  • remove the AcmeBundle from the registered bundles in app/AppKernel.php;

  • remove the web/bundles/acmedemo directory;

  • remove the security.providers, security.firewalls.login and security.firewalls.secured_area entries in the security.yml file or tweak the security configuration to fit your needs.

What's inside?

The Symfony Standard Edition is configured with the following defaults:

  • Twig is the only configured template engine;

  • Doctrine ORM/DBAL is configured;

  • Swiftmailer is configured;

  • Annotations for everything are enabled.

It comes pre-configured with the following bundles: