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Getting Started With FOSUserBundle

The Symfony2 security component provides a flexible security framework that allows you to load users from configuration, a database, or anywhere else you can imagine. The FOSUserBundle builds on top of this to make it quick and easy to store users in a database.

So, if you need to persist and fetch the users in your system to and from a database, then you're in the right place.



If you wish to use default texts provided in this bundle, you have to make sure you have translator enabled in your config.

# app/config/config.yml

    translator: ~

For more information about translations, check Symfony documentation.


Installation is a quick (I promise!) 8 step process:

  1. Download FOSUserBundle
  2. Configure the Autoloader
  3. Enable the Bundle
  4. Create your User class
  5. Configure your application's security.yml
  6. Configure the FOSUserBundle
  7. Import FOSUserBundle routing
  8. Update your database schema

Step 1: Download FOSUserBundle

Ultimately, the FOSUserBundle files should be downloaded to the vendor/bundles/FOS/UserBundle directory.

This can be done in several ways, depending on your preference. The first method is the standard Symfony2 method.

Using the vendors script

Add the following lines in your deps file:


Now, run the vendors script to download the bundle:

$ php bin/vendors install

Using submodules

If you prefer instead to use git submodules, then run the following:

$ git submodule add git:// vendor/bundles/FOS/UserBundle
$ git submodule update --init

Step 2: Configure the Autoloader

Add the FOS namespace to your autoloader:

// app/autoload.php

    // ...
    'FOS' => __DIR__.'/../vendor/bundles',

Step 3: Enable the bundle

Finally, enable the bundle in the kernel:

// app/AppKernel.php

public function registerBundles()
    $bundles = array(
        // ...
        new FOS\UserBundle\FOSUserBundle(),

Step 4: Create your User class

The goal of this bundle is to persist some User class to a database (MySql, MongoDB, CouchDB, etc). Your first job, then, is to create the User class for your application. This class can look and act however you want: add any properties or methods you find useful. This is your User class.

The bundle provides base classes which are already mapped for most fields to make it easier to create your entity. Here is how you use it:

  1. Extend the base User class (the class to use depends of your storage)
  2. Map the id field. It must be protected as it is inherited from the parent class.


When you extend from the mapped superclass provided by the bundle, don't redefine the mapping for the other fields as it is provided by the bundle.

In the following sections, you'll see examples of how your User class should look, depending on how you're storing your users (Doctrine ORM, MongoDB ODM, or CouchDB ODM).

Your User class can live inside any bundle in your application. For example, if you work at "Acme" company, then you might create a bundle called AcmeUserBundle and place your User class in it.


If you override the __construct() method in your User class, be sure to call parent::__construct(), as the base User class depends on this to initialize some fields.

a) Doctrine ORM User class

If you're persisting your users via the Doctrine ORM, then your User class should live in the Entity namespace of your bundle and look like this to start:

// src/Acme/UserBundle/Entity/User.php

namespace Acme\UserBundle\Entity;

use FOS\UserBundle\Entity\User as BaseUser;
use Doctrine\ORM\Mapping as ORM;

 * @ORM\Entity
 * @ORM\Table(name="fos_user")
class User extends BaseUser
     * @ORM\Id
     * @ORM\Column(type="integer")
     * @ORM\GeneratedValue(strategy="AUTO")
    protected $id;

    public function __construct()
        // your own logic


User is a reserved keyword in SQL so you cannot use it as table name.

b) MongoDB User class

If you're persisting your users via the Doctrine MongoDB ODM, then your User class should live in the Document namespace of your bundle and look like this to start:

// src/Acme/UserBundle/Document/User.php

namespace Acme\UserBundle\Document;

use FOS\UserBundle\Document\User as BaseUser;
use Doctrine\ODM\MongoDB\Mapping\Annotations as MongoDB;

 * @MongoDB\Document
class User extends BaseUser
     * @MongoDB\Id(strategy="auto")
    protected $id;

    public function __construct()
        // your own logic

c) CouchDB User class

If you're persisting your users via the Doctrine CouchDB ODM, then your User class should live in the Document namespace of your bundle and look like this to start:

// src/Acme/UserBundle/Document/User.php

namespace Acme\UserBundle\Document;

use FOS\UserBundle\Document\User as BaseUser;
use Doctrine\ODM\CouchDB\Mapping as CouchDB;

 * @CouchDB\Document
class User extends BaseUser
     * @CouchDB\Id
    protected $id;

    public function __construct()
        // your own logic

d) Propel User class

When using Propel, the FOS\UserBundle\Model\UserInterface is implemented by a proxy object. If you don't want to add your own logic in your user class, you can simply use FOS\UserBundle\Propel\UserProxy as proxy user class and FOS\UserBundle\Propel\User as model class in your configuration (see step 6) and you don't have to create another class.

If you want to add your own fields, you can extend the model class by overriding the database schema. Just copy the Resources/config/propel/schema.xml file to app/Resources/FOSUserBundle/config/propel/schema.xml, and customize it to fit your needs. Due to an issue with the Form component that does not support using __call to access properties, you will have to extend the proxy class as well to support these fields. For instance, if you've added a website_url attribute to the overrided schema, you'll need to declare both getWebsiteUrl() and setWebsiteUrl() methods in your own proxy class (just forward methods to the user attribute).

Step 5: Configure your application's security.yml

In order for Symfony's security component to use the FOSUserBundle, you must tell it to do so in the security.yml file. The security.yml file is where the basic configuration for the security for your application is contained.

Below is a minimal example of the configuration necessary to use the FOSUserBundle in your application:

# app/config/security.yml
            id: fos_user.user_manager

        "FOS\UserBundle\Model\UserInterface": sha512

            pattern: ^/
                provider: fos_userbundle
                csrf_provider: form.csrf_provider
            logout:       true
            anonymous:    true

        - { path: ^/login$, role: IS_AUTHENTICATED_ANONYMOUSLY }
        - { path: ^/register, role: IS_AUTHENTICATED_ANONYMOUSLY }
        - { path: ^/resetting, role: IS_AUTHENTICATED_ANONYMOUSLY }
        - { path: ^/admin/, role: ROLE_ADMIN }

        ROLE_ADMIN:       ROLE_USER

Under the providers section, you are making the bundle's packaged user provider service available via the alias fos_userbundle. The id of the bundle's user provider service is fos_user.user_manager.

Next, take a look at examine the firewalls section. Here we have declared a firewall named main. By specifying form_login, you have told the Symfony2 framework that any time a request is made to this firewall that leads to the user needing to authenticate himself, the user will be redirected to a form where he will be able to enter his credentials. It should come as no surprise then that you have specified the user provider we declared earlier as the provider for the firewall to use as part of the authentication process.


Although we have used the form login mechanism in this example, the FOSUserBundle user provider is compatible with many other authentication methods as well. Please read the Symfony2 Security component documention for more information on the other types of authentication methods.

The access_control section is where you specify the credentials necessary for users trying to access specific parts of your application. The bundle requires that the login form and all the routes used to create a user and reset the password be available to unauthenticated users but use the same firewall as the pages you want to secure with the bundle. This is why you have specified that the any request matching the /login pattern or starting with /register or /resetting have been made available to anonymous users. You have also specified that any request beginning with /admin will require a user to have the ROLE_ADMIN role.

For more information on configuring the security.yml file please read the Symfony2 security component documentation.


Pay close attention to the name, main, that we have given to the firewall which the FOSUserBundle is configured in. You will use this in the next step when you configure the FOSUserBundle.

Step 6: Configure the FOSUserBundle

Now that you have properly configured your application's security.yml to work with the FOSUserBundle, the next step is to configure the bundle to work with the specific needs of your application.

Add the following configuration to your config.yml file according to which type of datastore you are using.

# app/config/config.yml
    db_driver: orm # other valid values are 'mongodb', 'couchdb' and 'propel'
    firewall_name: main
    user_class: Acme\UserBundle\Entity\User

Or if you prefer XML:

# app/config/config.xml
<!-- app/config/config.xml -->

<!-- other valid 'db-driver' values are 'mongodb' and 'couchdb' -->

Only three configuration values are required to use the bundle:

  • The type of datastore you are using (orm, mongodb, couchdb or propel).
  • The firewall name which you configured in Step 5.
  • The fully qualified class name (FQCN) of the User class which you created in Step 4.


When using Propel, the user_class key refers to the proxy class implementing the FOSUserBundle interface. Thus, a fourth key named propel_user_class is also required, refering to the actual model class.


When using one of the Doctrine implementation, you need either to use the auto_mapping option of the corresponding bundle (done by default for DoctrineBundle in the standard distribution) or to activate the mapping for FOSUserBundle otherwise the base mapping will be ignored.

Step 7: Import FOSUserBundle routing files

Now that you have activated and configured the bundle, all that is left to do is import the FOSUserBundle routing files.

By importing the routing files you will have ready made pages for things such as logging in, creating users, etc.


# app/config/routing.yml
    resource: "@FOSUserBundle/Resources/config/routing/security.xml"

    resource: "@FOSUserBundle/Resources/config/routing/profile.xml"
    prefix: /profile

    resource: "@FOSUserBundle/Resources/config/routing/registration.xml"
    prefix: /register

    resource: "@FOSUserBundle/Resources/config/routing/resetting.xml"
    prefix: /resetting

    resource: "@FOSUserBundle/Resources/config/routing/change_password.xml"
    prefix: /profile

Or if you prefer XML:

<!-- app/config/routing.xml -->
<import resource="@FOSUserBundle/Resources/config/routing/security.xml"/>
<import resource="@FOSUserBundle/Resources/config/routing/profile.xml" prefix="/profile" />
<import resource="@FOSUserBundle/Resources/config/routing/registration.xml" prefix="/register" />
<import resource="@FOSUserBundle/Resources/config/routing/resetting.xml" prefix="/resetting" />
<import resource="@FOSUserBundle/Resources/config/routing/change_password.xml" prefix="/profile" />


In order to use the built-in email functionality (confirmation of the account, resetting of the password), you must activate and configure the SwiftmailerBundle.

Step 8: Update your database schema

Now that the bundle is configured, the last thing you need to do is update your database schema because you have added a new entity, the User class which you created in Step 4.

For ORM run the following command.

$ php app/console doctrine:schema:update --force

For MongoDB users you can run the following command to create the indexes.

$ php app/console doctrine:mongodb:schema:create --index

For Propel users you have to install the TypehintableBehavior before to build your model. First, install it:

By using Git submodules:

$ git submodule add vendor/propel-behaviors/TypehintableBehavior

By using the Symfony2 vendor management:


Then, register it:

# app/config/propel.ini
propel.behavior.typehintable.class = vendor.propel-behaviors.TypehintableBehavior.src.TypehintableBehavior

You now can run the following command to create the model:

$ php app/console propel:build-model

To create SQL, run the command propel:build-sql and insert it or use migration commands if you have an existing schema in your database.

You now can login at!

Next Steps

Now that you have completed the basic installation and configuration of the FOSUserBundle, you are ready to learn about more advanced features and usages of the bundle.

The following documents are available:

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