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Symfony Content Management Framework Sandbox

This sandbox is a testing ground for the cmf bundles being developped.

It is based on the Symfony Standard edition and adds all cmf related bundles on top of the standard edition bundles.

Link to the live demo

Getting started

You can run the sandbox on your system, or in a virtualbox VM using Vagrant. For the latter, see "Getting started using Vagrant"

You will need:

  • Git 1.6+
  • PHP 5.3.3+
  • php5-intl
  • phpunit 3.5+ (optional)
  • composer

Get the code

git clone git://
cd cmf-sandbox
# copy parameters template and edit as needed
cp app/config/parameters.yml.dist app/config/parameters.yml
cp app/config/phpcr_jackrabbit.yml.dist app/config/phpcr.yml
curl -s | php --
# if you run with --dev, will install midgard too
php composer.phar install

This will fetch the main project and all it's dependencies ( CMF Bundles, Symfony, Doctrine\PHPCR, Jackalope ... ) Please also adjust the app/config/parameters.yml as needed. If you want to use a different PHPCR backend copy the given phpcr_*.yml.dist file instead and adjust the URL and database configurations accordingly.

Install and run Apache JackRabbit

Follow the guide in the Jackalope Wiki. You can also use a different PHPCR implementation but this is what is most tested.

Install the Doctrine DBAL provider (optional)

Instead of phpcr_jackrabbit.yml.dist, use the phpcr_doctrine_dbal*.yml.dist files and create the database accordingly.

To have the Doctrine DBAL implementation installed run the following additional commands

php composer.phar install --dev

Then, create the tables in the database and set up the default workspace using

app/console doctrine:phpcr:init:dbal

Install the Midgard2 PHPCR provider (optional)

If you want to run the CMF sandbox with the Midgard2 PHPCR provider instead of Jackrabbit, you need to install the midgard2 PHP extension. On current debian / ubuntu systems, this is simply done with sudo apt-get install php5-midgard2, on OS X sudo port install php5-midgard2 resp. brew install midgard2-php.

You also need to download midgard_tree_node.xml and midgard_namespace_registry.xml schema files, and place them into /usr/share/midgard2/schema (note: this path may be different if you built Midgard2 yourself. It is basically $PREFIX/share/midgard2/schema).

To have the midgard phpcr implementation installed run the following additional commands

php composer.phar require midgard/phpcr:dev-master

Finally, instead of phpcr_jackrabbit.yml.dist, use one of the phpcr_midgard_*.yml.dist files.

Prepare the phpcr repository

First you need to create a workspace that will hold the data for the sandbox. The default parameters.yml defines the workspace to be 'default'. You can change this of course. If you do, f.e. to 'sandbox, also run the following command:

app/console doctrine:phpcr:workspace:create sandbox

Once your workspace is set up, you need to register the node types for phpcr-odm:

app/console doctrine:phpcr:register-system-node-types

Import the fixtures

The admin backend is still in an early stage. Until it improves, the easiest is to programmatically create data. The best way to do that is with the doctrine data fixtures. The DoctrinePHPCRBundle included in the symfony-cmf repository provides a command to load fixtures.

app/console -v doctrine:phpcr:fixtures:load

Run this to load the fixtures from the Sandbox MainBundle.

Access by web browser

Create an apache virtual host entry along the lines of Servername cmf.lo DocumentRoot /path/to/symfony-cmf/cmf-sandbox/web AllowOverride All

And add an entry to your hosts file for cmf.lo

If you are running Symfony2 for the first time, run http://cmf.lo/config.php to ensure your system settings have been setup inline with the expected behaviour of the Symfony2 framework.

Note however that "Configure your Symfony Application online" is not supported in the sandbox.

Then point your browser to http://cmf.lo/app_dev.php

Production environment

In order to run the sandbox in production mode at http://cmf.lo/ you need to generate the doctrine proxies and dump the assetic assets:

app/console cache:warmup --env=prod --no-debug
app/console assetic:dump --env=prod --no-debug

Getting started using Vagrant

You will need:

  • Git 1.6+
  • Nfs (MacOS works OOB, on Debian based linux distributions install nfs-kernel-server package)
  • Vagrant

Get the code

git clone git://
cd cmf-sandbox
# we skipped the web installer for now
# copy parameters template and edit as needed
cp app/config/parameters.yml.dist app/config/parameters.yml
cd vagrant
vagrant up
vagrant ssh
bin/vendors install

This will fetch the main project and all it's dependencies ( Cmf Bundles, Symfony, Doctrine\PHPCR, Jackalope ... )


Afterwards you will need to manually register the system node types and import the fixtures as explained above.

Access by web browser

Optionally add an entry to your hosts file for cmf.lo pointing to, then point your browser to http://cmf.lo/app_dev.php Or go straight to

Other hints


The PHPCR ODM Bundle provides a couple of useful commands in the doctrine:phpcr namespace. Type app/console to see them all.

Admin interface

There is a proof-of-concept admin interface using the SonataPhpcrAdminBundle at http://cmf.lo/app_dev.php/admin/dashboard

Basically you have paginated lists for two types of documents. You create new documents, edit and delete them. Some filtering is available in the list. This bundle is an implementation of Sonata Admin Bundle

At the moment there is no notion of parents and sons in the admin bundle.

Run the test suite

Functional tests are written with PHPUnit. Note that Bundles and Components are tested independently.

app/console doctrine:phpcr:workspace:create sandbox_test
phpunit -c app

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