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The Fast ORM for PHP. LazyRecord is designed for simplicity, extendability and performance.

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LazyRecord is an open-source Object-Relational Mapping (ORM) for PHP5.

It allows you to access your database very easily by using ActiveRecord pattern API.

LazyRecord uses code generator to generate static code, which reduces runtime costs, therefore it's pretty lightweight and fast.

LazyRecord is not like PropelORM, it doesn't use ugly XML as its schema or config file, LazyRecord uses simpler YAML format config file and it compiles YAML to pure PHP code to improve the performance of config loading.

LazyRecord also has a simpler schema design, you can define your model schema very easily and you can even embed closure in your schema classes.


  • Fast
  • Simple, Lightweight Pure PHP Model Schema (No XML)
  • PDO, MySQL, Pgsql, SQLite support.
  • Multiple data source support.
  • Mix-in model support.
  • Migration support. upgrade, downgrade, upgrade from schema diff.
  • Schema/Database diff



  • PHP 5.3 or upper.

PHP Extensions

  • yaml extension
  • pdo
  • mysql, pgsql or sqlite


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pear install -a -f corneltek/LazyRecord

Getting Started

Change directory to your project, run init command to initialize your database settings.

$ mkdir proj1
$ cd proj1
$ lazy init 
Database driver [sqlite] [sqlite/pgsql/mysql/] sqlite
Database name [:memory:] test
Using sqlite driver
Using database test
Using DSN: sqlite:test
Creating config file skeleton...
Config file is generated: db/config/database.yml
Please run build-conf to compile php format config file.
Building config from db/config/database.yml
Making link => .lazy.yml

To edit your config file:

$ vim db/config/database.yml

Suppose your application code is located in src/ directory, then you should provide your schema path in following format:

  - db/bootstrap.php
  auto_id: 1
    - src/
    dsn: 'sqlite:test'

In the above config file, the auto_id means an id column with auto-increment integer primary key is automatically inserted into every schema class, so you don't need to declare an primary key id column in your every schema file.

then write your bootstrap script db/bootstrap.php, which is a simple SPL classloader:

require 'Universal/ClassLoader/BasePathClassLoader.php';
use Universal\ClassLoader\BasePathClassLoader;
$loader = new BasePathClassLoader(array(
    dirname(__DIR__) . '/src', 
    dirname(__DIR__) . '/vendor/pear',

Next, write your model schema file:

$ vim src/YourApp/Model/UserSchema.php

Put the content into your file:

namespace YourApp\Model;
use LazyRecord\Schema\SchemaDeclare;

class UserSchema extends SchemaDeclare 
    public function schema()

Then run build-schema command to build static schema files:

$ lazy build-schema
Finding schemas...
Found schema classes
Initializing schema generator...
    YourApp\Model\UserSchemaProxy    => src/YourApp/Model/UserSchemaProxy.php
    YourApp\Model\UserCollectionBase => src/YourApp/Model/UserCollectionBase.php
    YourApp\Model\UserCollection     => src/YourApp/Model/UserCollection.php
    YourApp\Model\UserBase           => src/YourApp/Model/UserBase.php
    YourApp\Model\User               => src/YourApp/Model/User.php

If you are using postgresql or mysql, you can create your database with create-db command:

$ lazy create-db

Now you need to build SQL schema into your database, simply run build-sql, -d is for debug mode, which prints all generated SQL statements:

$ lazy -d build-sql
Finding schema classes...
Initialize schema builder...
Building SQL for YourApp\Model\UserSchema
  account varchar(16),
  password varchar(40)

Setting migration timestamp to 1347439779
Done. 1 schema tables were generated into data source 'default'.

Now you can write your application code, But first you need to write your lazyrecord config loader code:

$ vim app.php
require 'db/bootstrap.php';
$config = new LazyRecord\ConfigLoader;

The init method initializes data sources to ConnectionManager, but it won't create connection unless you need to operate your models.

Append your application code to the end of app.php file:

$user = new YourApp\Model\User;
$ret = $user->create(array('account' => 'guest', 'password' => '123123' ));
if( ! $ret->success ) {
    echo $ret;

Please check doc/ directory for more details.

Migration Support

If you need to modify schema code, like adding new columns to a table, you can use the amazing migration feature to migrate your database to the latest change without pain.

Once you modified the schema code, you can execute lazy diff command to compare current exisiting database table:

$ lazy diff
+ table 'authors'            tests/schema/tests/Author.php
+ table 'addresses'          tests/schema/tests/Address.php
+ table 'author_books'       tests/schema/tests/AuthorBook.php
+ table 'books'              tests/schema/tests/Book.php
+ table 'users'              tests/schema/tests/User.php
+ table 'publishers'         tests/schema/tests/Publisher.php
+ table 'names'              tests/schema/tests/Name.php
+ table 'wines'              tests/schema/tests/Wine.php

As you can see, we added a lot of new tables (schemas), and LazyRecord parses the database tables to show you the difference to let you know current status.

Currently LazyRecord supports SQLite, PostgreSQL, MySQL table parsing.

now you can generate the migration script or upgrade database schema directly.

to upgrade database schema directly, you can simply run:

$ lazy migrate -U

to upgrade database schema through a customizable migration script, you can generate a new migration script like:

$ lazy migrate --diff AddUserRoleColumn
Loading schema objects...
Creating migration script from diff
Found 10 schemas to compare.
    Found schema 'tests\AuthorSchema' to be imported to 'authors'
    Found schema 'tests\AddressSchema' to be imported to 'addresses'
    Found schema 'tests\AuthorBookSchema' to be imported to 'author_books'
    Found schema 'tests\BookSchema' to be imported to 'books'
    Found schema 'tests\UserSchema' to be imported to 'users'
    Found schema 'tests\PublisherSchema' to be imported to 'publishers'
    Found schema 'tests\NameSchema' to be imported to 'names'
    Found schema 'tests\Wine' to be imported to 'wines'
Migration script is generated: db/migrations/20120912_AddUserRoleColumn.php

now you can edit your migration script, which is auto-generated:

vim db/migrations/20120912_AddUserRoleColumn.php

the migration script looks like:


class AddUserColumn_1347451491  extends \LazyRecord\Migration\Migration {

    public function upgrade() { 
        $this->importSchema(new tests\AuthorSchema);
        $this->importSchema(new tests\AddressSchema);
        $this->importSchema(new tests\AuthorBookSchema);
        $this->importSchema(new tests\BookSchema);
        $this->importSchema(new tests\UserSchema);
        $this->importSchema(new tests\PublisherSchema);
        $this->importSchema(new tests\EdmSchema);
        $this->importSchema(new tests\NameSchema);
        $this->importSchema(new tests\IDNumber);
        $this->importSchema(new tests\Wine);


    public function downgrade() { 


The built-in migration generator not only generates the upgrade script, but also generates the downgrade script, you can modify it to anything as you want.

After the migration script is generated, you can check the status of current database and waiting migration scripts:

$ lazy migrate --status
Found 1 migration script to be executed.
- AddUserColumn_1347451491

now you can run upgrade command to upgrade database schema through the migration script:

$ lazy migrate --up

If you regret, you can run downgrade migrations through the command:

$ lazy migrate --down

But please note that SQLite doesn't support column renaming and column dropping.

To see what migration script could do, please check the documentation of SQLBuilder package.

Mix-In Schema


Basedata Seed

namespace User;
class Seed { 
    public static function seed() {


Setting up QueryDriver for SQL syntax

$driver = LazyRecord\QueryDriver::getInstance('data_source_id');

Model Operations

To create a model record:

$author = new Author;
$ret = $author->create(array(
    'name' => 'Foo'
if( $ret->success )
    echo 'created';

To find record:

$author->find(array( 'foo' => 'Name' ));

To find record with (static):

$record = Author::load(array( 'name' => 'Foo' ));

To find record with primary key:

$record = Author::load( 1 );

To update record:

    'name' => 'Author',

To update record (static):

$ret = Author::update( array( 'name' => 'Author' ) )

if( $ret->success ) {
    echo $ret->message;
else {
    // pretty print error message, exception and validation errors for console
    echo $ret;

    $e = $ret->exception; // get exception
    $validations = $ret->validations; // get validation results


To create a collection object:

$authors = new AuthorCollection;
    ->equal( 'id' , 'foo' );

$authors = new AuthorCollection;
$items = $authors->items();
foreach( $items as $item ) {
    echo $item->id;

$authors = new AuthorCollection;
foreach( $authors as $author ) {
    echo $author->name;


// has many
$address = $author->addresses->create(array( 
    'address' => 'farfaraway'


// create related address
$author->addresses[] = array( 'address' => 'Harvard' );

$addresses = $author->addresses->items();
is( 'Harvard' , $addresses[0]->address );

foreach( $author->addresses as $address ) {
    echo $address->address , "\n";

A more advanced schema code

    use LazyRecord\Schema\SchemaDeclare;

    class AuthorSchema extends SchemaDeclare
        function schema()

                ->validator(function($val) { .... })
                ->filter( function($val) {  
                            return preg_replace('#word#','zz',$val);  
                ->inflator(function($val) {
                    return unserialize($val);
                ->deflator(function($val) {
                    return serialize($val);
                ->validValues( 1,2,3,4,5 )
                ->default(function() { 
                    return date('c');





Everybody can contribute to LazyRecord. You can just fork it, and send Pull Requests.

You have to follow PSR Coding Standards and provides unit tests as much as possible.

Unit Testing

To deploy a testing environment, you need to install dependent packages.

Get Onion:

Install dependencies:

php onion install

Run script and make sure everything is fine:

php bin/lazy

Database configuration is written in phpunit.xml file, the following steps are based on the default configuration.

Unit Testing with MySQL database

To test with mysql database:

$ mysql -uroot -p
> create database testing charset utf8;
> grant all privileges on testing.* to 'testing'@'localhost' identified by 'testing';

Unit Testing with PostgreSQL database

To test with pgsql database:

$ sudo -u postgres createuser --no-createrole --no-superuser --pwprompt testing
$ sudo -u postgres createdb -E=utf8 --owner=testing testing

Run PHPUnit

$ phpunit

Command-line testing

To test sql builder from command-line, please copy the default testing config

$ cp db/config/database.testing.yml db/config/database.yml

Build config

$ php bin/lazy build-conf db/config/database.yml

Build Schema files

$ php bin/lazy build-schema

We've already defined 3 data sources, they were named as 'mysql', 'pgsql', 'sqlite' , now you can insert schema sqls into these data sources:

$ php bin/lazy build-sql --rebuild -D=mysql
$ php bin/lazy build-sql --rebuild -D=pgsql
$ php bin/lazy build-sql --rebuild -D=sqlite


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