Implementing the Eloquent ORM into Symfony

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2.3.0 2022-11-09 21:02 UTC


The WouterJEloquentBundle claims to integrate the Eloquent ORM into the Symfony framework.

Maintained Releases

Only the latest release of this bundle is maintained. Backwards compatible support for new versions of PHP, Symfony and Laravel are considered bug fixes. Dropping support for old versions is considered a feature.

New releases will be made as much as once a week following semantic versioning. The default branch (2.x) will be released as minor or patch version, depending on the changes with the last release (features or only bug fixes).


Step 1: Download the Bundle

Open a command console, enter your project directory and run the following command to download the latest stable version of this bundle:

$ composer require wouterj/eloquent-bundle

This command requires you to have Composer installed globally, as explained in the installation chapter of the Composer documentation.

When you want to use useful make commands (e.g. make:model), also make sure you have the Symfony MakerBundle installed.

Step 2: Enable the Bundle

If you're using Symfony Flex, the previous step already got you up and running and you can skip this step!

Otherwise, enable the bundle by adding it to the list of registered bundles in the app/AppKernel.php file of your project:

// config/bundles.php

return [
    // ...
    WouterJ\EloquentBundle\WouterJEloquentBundle::class => ['all' => true],

Step 3: Configure the Database

To use the Eloquent ORM, configure a connection by setting the correct environment variables in .env.local:

# .env.local

If you're not using Symfony Flex, create the configuration file yourself:

# config/packages/eloquent.yaml
    driver:   mysql
    host:     localhost
    database: db_name
    username: root
    password: pass
    prefix:   ~

For more information, refer to the documentation below.

Table of Content

  1. Installation
    1. Step 1: Download the Bundle
    2. Step 2: Enable the Bundle
    3. Step 3: Configure the Database
  2. Usage
    1. Query Builder
    2. Eloquent ORM
    3. Using Services instead of Facades
  3. Migrations and Seeding
    1. Running seeders
    2. Setting up
    3. Generating migrations
    4. Running migrations
    5. Rolling migrations
    6. Refreshing the database
  4. Using Models in Forms
    1. Binding the Object to the Form
    2. Form Type Guessing
    3. Form Validation
  5. Using the Eloquent User Provider
    1. Creating the User Model
    2. Configuring the User Provider
  6. Events and Observers
    1. Register Listeners
    2. Observers
      1. Observers as Services
  7. Configuration
    1. Full configuration
    2. Connections
      1. Drivers
      2. Default connection
    3. Eloquent
    4. Aliases
  8. License
  9. Contributing
  10. Backwards Compatibility


This project is licensed under the MIT license. For more information, see the license file included in this bundle.


I love contributors. You can submit fixes, report bugs, share your opinion, advocate this bundle or just say "hello". I welcome anything that makes this project better.