Diamond PHP is a fully featured framework built for PHP 7 and offers extreme performance, a modular architecture, elegant syntax and an easy to use philosophy.
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DiamondPHP is a fully featured web development framework built for PHP 7 and offers extreme performance, a modular architecture, elegant syntax and an easy to use philosophy.


DiamondPHP is currently in BETA stages of development. As such, it is not recommended to use the framework in a production environment yet - there are still bugs needing fixed and a few more features to be added. A production-ready version 1.0.0 is scheduled for public release on September 30, 2017.


Like all frameworks, DiamondPHP strives to simplify and speed up the web development process. Where DiamondPHP deviates from most frameworks is in its emphasis on the developer, by creating an extraordinarily easy to learn and easy to use environment -- without sacrificing performance, features or extensibility. A framework should help a developer by completing common tasks for the developer and providing options for other tasks, but still being perfectly capable of "getting out of the way" when needed. A framework cannot be all things to all people, so it is important to be able to safely work outside the box with minimal fuss when needed. We think that you'll find the blazing fast performance, the ultra-light footprint, the comprehensive feature set and the emphasis on ease of use to be an indispensable new tool in your web development repertoire.


  • PHP 7.0 compliant
  • MVC architecture
  • Pimple Dependency Injection
  • Composer package management
  • Symfony observer/event dispatching
  • Smarty 3 template engine
  • Large collection of custom developer tools (Geolocation, cronjob management, IP white & black listing, text/date/time formatting, and much more)
  • Basic administration panel to build upon and customize
  • Built-in login system & session management
  • Profile create/edit
  • View other member profiles
  • Built-in messaging system
  • Built-in friend management system
  • Responsive theme included with framework


Full and comprehensive documentation is currently in development, and is packaged along with the framework. Once the framework is installed, visit http://yoursite.com/documentation.


  • Apache Server 2.2+ or Nginx Web Server
  • PHP 7.0 or newer
  • Any PDO compatible database
  • Composer package manager
  • SSH access to your server (optional, but recommended)


  1. Create an empty database. Using a tool of your choice (phpMyAdmin, SSH, etc), import the diamondphp.sql file located in the /var/install folder.
  2. Upload the diamondphp-master zip file to your installation directory. Using command prompt (Windows) or terminal (OS X / Linux), navigate to the directory where you unpacked the framework. Example: ** cd /var/www/html ** Using Composer, run the command 'composer update'. Get Composer here if you do not already have Composer installed (Composer is required in order to use the framework, and to keep everything up to date): https://getcomposer.org/download/
  3. Open the configuration file, located in the root of your installation directory: .env (rename the included .env.example file to .env)
  4. Enter your database connection settings on lines 4 - 7
  5. Enter your full site URL on line 22 [site_url=""], including protocol (http / https), and append a trailing slash at the end http://www.example.com/
  6. Enter your site or business name on line 23 [site_name = ""]
  7. Enter your site admin / customer care email address on line 25 [site_email = ""]

That's it! If you are installing the framework into a subdirectory, you'll have one more step to complete:


To complete installation in subdirectory, you will need to also update the RewriteBase rule in the provided .htaccess file in the root directory. Change RewriteBase / to RewriteBase /name-of-your-subdirectory/

The remaining settings are optional to complete, but is highly recommended to go through them and add/edit as necessary.