A skeleton to help you bootstrap your Symfony applications, without the fuss of the Standard Edition
Latest commit ee28c95 Mar 10, 2016 Loïc Faugeron Used recursive directory configuration loader


Symfony Empty Edition

A skeleton allowing you to create an empty Symfony application: it is provided without any libraries or bundles (except for Symfony's FrameworkBundle).

You can then start building on it, and install the dependencies you need.

Note: The Symfony Standard Edition provides a big set of libraries and bundles (database, email, templating, etc). If you don't feel comfortable with picking your own yet, you should probably use it.


Use Composer to create a new application:

composer create-project gnugat/symfony-empty-edition my-project

Differences with the Standard Edition

  • Only 2 bundles: src/AppBundle and symfony/framework-bundle, add the ones you really need
  • Only 1 front controller (web/app.php), change the environment using the SYMFONY_ENV environment variable
  • No annotations (can be brought back by installing sensio/framework-extra-bundle)

Use cases

There are many real world use cases for this distribution. Here's a small selection:

  • tailored made applications: for applications that require "non standard" dependencies (e.g. Propel or Pomm for the database, etc)
  • micro applications: for applications that don't need database, templating or mailing systems (Symfony can be a Micro Framework)
  • legacy migrations: for applications that need to depend on legacy database, templating, etc while migrating to symfony
  • teaching material: better explained here