This is the official documentation for the CakePHP project. It is available online in HTML, PDF and EPUB formats at http://book.cakephp.org.
master branch is the documentation for CakePHP 2.x.
For CakePHP 3.x please see the
Contributing to the documentation is pretty simple. Please read the documentation on contributing to the documentation over on the cookbook for help. You can read all of the documentation within as its just in plain text files, marked up with ReST text formatting.
There are two ways for building the documentation: with Docker, or by installing the packages directly on your OS.
Build the Documentation with Docker
Docker will let you create a container with all packages needed to build the docs. You need to have docker installed, see the official docs of docker for more information.
There is a Dockerfile included at the root of this repository. You can build an image using:
docker build -t cakephp/docs .
This can take a little while, because all packages needs to be downloaded, but you'll only need to do this once.
You can run
docker images to check that the image has been correctly built,
you should see this output:
REPOSITORY TAG IMAGE ID CREATED VIRTUAL SIZE cakephp/docs latest 9783ad2c375b 3 hours ago 125.2 MB debian jessie 3d88cbf54477 12 days ago 125.2 MB
If you can't see an image called
cakephp/docs, it can mean that the image has
been wrongly built. If you notice an image called like the following:
REPOSITORY TAG IMAGE ID CREATED VIRTUAL SIZE <none> <none> 9783ad2c375b 3 hours ago 125.2 MB debian jessie 3d88cbf54477 12 days ago 125.2 MB
Run the following command (with your image id of course):
// to remove the image docker rmi 9783ad2c375b // re-run the build command docker build -t cakephp/docs .
Now that the image is built, you can run all the commands to build the docs:
# To build the html cd /path/to/your/local/docs docker run -it --rm -v $(pwd):/data cakephp/docs make html # To build the epub cd /path/to/your/local/docs docker run -it --rm -v $(pwd):/data cakephp/docs make epub # To build the latex cd /path/to/your/local/docs docker run -it --rm -v $(pwd):/data cakephp/docs make latex # To build the pdf cd /path/to/your/local/docs docker run -it --rm -v $(pwd):/data cakephp/docs make pdf
All the commands below will create and start containers and build the docs in
build folder. The
--rm flag will delete the container after run.
Build the Documentation Manually
Installing the needed Packages
To build the documentation you'll need the following for linux/OS X:
- Sphinx 1.2.* (currently the make commands will not work with 1.3.* versions and up)
- PhpDomain for sphinx
You can install sphinx using:
pip install sphinx==1.2.3
You can install the phpdomain using:
pip install sphinxcontrib-phpdomain
To run the pip command, python-pip package must be previously installed.
Building the Documentation
After installing the required packages, you can build the documentation using
# Create all the HTML docs. Including all the languages. make html # Create just the English HTML docs. make html-en # Create all the EPUB (e-book) docs. make epub # Create just the English EPUB docs. make epub-en # Populate the search index make populate-index
This will generate all the documentation in an HTML form. Other output such as 'htmlhelp' are not fully complete at this time.
After making changes to the documentation, you can build the HTML version of the
docs by using
make html again. This will build only the HTML files that have
had changes made to them.
Building the PDF
Building the PDF is a non-trivial task.
- Install LaTeX - This varies by distribution/OS so refer to your package
manager. You should install the full LaTeX package. The basic one requires
many additional packages to be installed with
At this point the completed PDF should be in build/latex/en/CakePHPCookbook.pdf.
There are currently a number of outstanding issues that need to be addressed.
We've tried to flag these with
.. todo:: where possible. To see all the
outstanding todo's add the following to your
todo_include_todos = True
After rebuilding the HTML content, you should see a list of existing todo items at the bottom of the table of contents.
You are also welcome to make and suggestions for new content as commits in a GitHub fork. Please make any totally new sections in a separate branch. This makes changes far easier to integrate later on.
Contributing translations requires that you make a new directory using the two letter name for your language. As content is translated, directories mirroring the English content should be created with localized content.
Making Search Work Locally
- Install elasticsearch. This varies based on your platform, but most package managers have a package for it.
- Clone the docs_search into a web accessible directory.
themes/cakephp/static/app.jsto point at the baseurl for your docs_search clone.
- Start elasticsearch with the default configuration.
- Populate the search index using
- You should now be able to search the docs using elasticsearch.