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What is this bundle?

Use this bundle if you are looking for an easy way to generate beautiful placeholders or thumbnails for your project.

Do you provide a site with pages full of images? Do you use a lazy-loader with a grey-only image? Then this bundle is something for you respectively your site!

Depending on your configuration and your local environment, you can let the bundle return placeholders generated with Primitive or sqip.


You need to have the service installed which you want to use. Refer to their webpages linked above to get the installation guide. To install this bundle, refer to the following guide.

Applications that use Symfony Flex

(This installation type is not yet supported. Please refer to the next installations instructions or create a recipe.) Open a command console, enter your project directory and execute:

$ composer require bernhard-webstudio/placeholder-bundle

Applications that don't use Symfony Flex

Step 1: Download the Bundle

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

$ composer require bernhard-webstudio/placeholder-bundle

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

Step 2: Enable the Bundle

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

// app/AppKernel.php

// ...
class AppKernel extends Kernel
    public function registerBundles()
        $bundles = array(
            // ...
            new BernhardWebstudio\PlaceholderBundle\BernhardWebstudioPlaceholderBundle(),

        // ...

    // ...


The standard configuration, which can be overriden as usual with Symfony bundles, looks like this:

    service: 'bewe_placeholder.generator.primitive'
    bin: 'primitive'
    node_bin: 'node'
    iterations: 10
    output_path: ~
        - "."

You can change the service to bewe_placeholder.generator.sqip if you prefer to use sqip or even to your own service, as long as it implements BernardWebstudio\PlaceholderBundle\Services\PlaceholderGeneratorInterface.


In a Controller or Service

To get the path to a placeholder of an image, request the bewe_placeholder.provider service. On this object, call getPlaceholder($imagepath) with the path to your image as argument. As a second Parameter, you could pass the mode what you want in return, such as 'raw', 'base64', 'url' or 'path'. Defaults to 'path'.

To force generatation of an image, the service bewe_placeholder.generator can be used. Pass as arguments the input and the output path to the function generate($input, $output). Be aware that the services do not have to output a file exactly to your output path. Instead, they usually append .svg. This is dependent on the service: call getOutputExtension to get the extension.

In Twig

Use the placeholder Twig filter. Apply it on the path of your image. You can optionally pass an additional parameter, such as 'raw', 'base64', 'url' or 'path' to specify how you want the image served. Raw returns the files content, base64 gets you the base64 encoded files content, url returns the optimized src-attribute (svg as svg, other images as base64, all ready to serve as src=-attribute value) and with path you get the path to the placeholder image. If you are just interested in an URL of the image, refer to the next section.

Just the URL, please

If you configure to include the routing file provided by this bundle, you can generate a route named bewe_placeholder with the parameter imagePath. This URL will provide you with the placeholder, default lazyly generated. The routing file can be included in your routing.yml like this, for example:

    resource: "@BernhardWebstudioPlaceholderBundle/Resources/config/routing.yaml"

Pregenerate images

If you have performance concerns, use the bewe:placeholder:prepare command to generate placeholders for all the images in your load_paths. The option --dry enables you to see which images would be generated and can be used to test your configuration.


Contributions are welcome. Just open a PR!


  • Add resized (thumbnail) placeholder generator
  • Pre-generate to be requested images using tha CacheWarmer
  • Create Recipe


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