Bitnami Symfony Docker Compose development environment
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Bitnami Symfony Development Container

Note that this is a development container that includes the symfony command-line tool. This allows you to create a project based on any version of symfony.


Local workspace

$ mkdir ~/myapp && cd ~/myapp
$ curl -LO
$ docker-compose up

Why use Bitnami Images?

  • Bitnami closely tracks upstream source changes and promptly publishes new versions of this image using our automated systems.
  • With Bitnami images the latest bug fixes and features are available as soon as possible.
  • Bitnami containers, virtual machines and cloud images use the same components and configuration approach - making it easy to switch between formats based on your project needs.
  • Bitnami images are built on CircleCI and automatically pushed to the Docker Hub.
  • All our images are based on minideb a minimalist Debian based container image which gives you a small base container image and the familiarity of a leading linux distribution.

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Symfony, is a web application framework written in PHP under MIT License.

The Bitnami Symfony Development Container has been carefully engineered to provide you and your team with a highly reproducible Symfony development environment. We hope you find the Bitnami Symfony Development Container useful in your quest for world domination. Happy hacking!

Learn more about Bitnami Development Containers.

Getting started

The quickest way to get started with the Bitnami Symfony Development Container is using docker-compose.

Begin by creating a directory for your Symfony application:

$ mkdir ~/myapp
$ cd ~/myapp

Download the docker-compose.yml file in the application directory:

$ curl -LO

Finally launch the Symfony application development environment using:

$ docker-compose up

The above command creates a container service for Symfony development and bootstraps a new Symfony application, named myapp in working directory. You can use your favorite IDE for developing the application.

After the built-in PHP application server has been started, visit http://localhost:8000 in your favorite web browser and you'll be greeted by the Symfony welcome page.

Executing commands

Commands can be launched inside the myapp Symfony Development Container with docker-compose using the exec command.


The exec command was added to docker-compose in release 1.7.0. Please ensure that you're using docker-compose version 1.7.0 or higher.

The general structure of the exec command is:

$ docker-compose exec <service> <command>

where <service> is the name of the container service as described in the docker-compose.yml file and <command> is the command you want to launch inside the service.

Following are a few examples:

  • Create a new project named foo:

    $ docker-compose run myapp nami execute symfony createProject foo
  • Create a new project named bar which uses Symfony version 2.5.0

    $ docker-compose run myapp nami execute symfony createProject "bar 2.5.0"

    Note: In the above two examples the docker-compose.yml file should be updated so that the SYMFONY_PROJECT_NAME specifies the project name that should be served my the PHP application server.


If you encountered a problem running this container, you can file an issue. For us to provide better support, be sure to include the following information in your issue:

  • Host OS and version ($ uname -a)
  • Docker version ($ docker version)
  • Docker info ($ docker info)
  • Docker image version ($ echo $BITNAMI_IMAGE_VERSION inside the container)
  • Steps to reproduce the issue.


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