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What is it?

Elewant is a project based on the PHP mascotte: the ElePHPant.

The idea is that we make it easier in the community to swap and share these lovely plush pachyderms. For now, you can create a herd and enter all the members that you have. In the near future, it will be possible to put your surplus ElePHPants up for trade, and request specific ElePHPants that you want to add to your herd.

But this project is more. The idea is to allow people who are interested involved. Not just by open sourcing the code so it can be contributed to, but by actually building and running it together. From idea to production and beyond.

What can be learned?

Well, the basics are pretty simple: we build, deploy and maintain a project together. This means that all the aspects of building and maintaining are areas of learning:

So some usual suspects:

  • Behaviour driven development
  • Automated testing
  • Event sourcing
  • The Symfony framework

But also:

  • Automated Provisioning
  • Deploying
  • Build pipelines
  • Logging and alerting
  • Dependency management

And eventually:

  • How to deal with legacy code ;-)

Feel free to add anything you learn, no matter how small, to <docs/>

Getting started with Docker

You will need docker on your local system:


Run the setup procedure with make (only required the first time):

make setup

Or up to continue working later:

make up

You should be up-and-running!

For developers, there is a special button on the front page to generate users for your local environment. Just click on "Developer login" and you should be able to create (and log in as) randomly created users.

If you want to be able to log in with twitter, you'll need to create an application at, then place your key & secret in .env.local.

Have fun!

Running tools

The project has a Makefile. Run Make without parameters to see the help:

make help

Running ci

You can run all the tools required to pass a build:

make ci

Or run the tests and quality assurance tools separately:

make test
make qa

Or run each individual tool:

make phpspec
make phpunit
make php-lint
make phpstan
make php-cs

Running commands inside docker containers

Run ls inside the default container (php-cli):

bin/docker ls

Run ls inside the default container of the testing environment:

bin/docker-test ls

Print usage:


Running Symfony Console:

bin/docker bin/console c:c
bin/docker-test bin/console c:c

Running vendor binaries:

bin/docker vendor/bin/phpunit
bin/docker-test vendor/bin/phpunit

Moar docs

You can find more docs in the /docs folder, like:

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