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A lightweight Active Record implementation for PHP5, built on top of Idiorm.
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Feature complete

Paris is now considered to be feature complete as of version 1.5.0. Whilst it will continue to be maintained with bug fixes there will be no further new features added from this point on.

Please do not submit feature requests or pull requests adding new features as they will be closed without ceremony.

A lightweight Active Record implementation for PHP5.

Built on top of Idiorm.

Tested on PHP 5.2.0+ - may work on earlier versions with PDO and the correct database drivers.

Released under a BSD license.


  • Extremely simple configuration.
  • Exposes the full power of Idiorm's fluent query API.
  • Supports associations.
  • Simple mechanism to encapsulate common queries in filter methods.
  • Built on top of PDO.
  • Uses prepared statements throughout to protect against SQL injection attacks.
  • Database agnostic. Currently supports SQLite, MySQL, Firebird and PostgreSQL. May support others, please give it a try!
  • Supports collections of models with method chaining to filter or apply actions to multiple results at once.
  • Multiple connections are supported


The documentation is hosted on Read the Docs:

Building the Docs

You will need to install Sphinx and then in the docs folder run:

make html

The documentation will now be in docs/_build/html/index.html

Let's See Some Code

class User extends Model {
    public function tweets() {
        return $this->has_many('Tweet');

class Tweet extends Model {}

$user = Model::factory('User')
    ->where_equal('username', 'j4mie')
$user->first_name = 'Jamie';

$tweets = $user->tweets()->find_many();
foreach ($tweets as $tweet) {
    echo $tweet->text;


1.5.4 - released 2014-09-23

1.5.3 - released 2014-06-25

  • Remove erroneously committed git merge backup file

1.5.2 - released 2014-06-23

  • Paris incorrectly relying on old Idiorm version in the composer.json [ilsenem] - issue #96

1.5.1 - released 2014-06-22

  • Remove HHVM build target from travis-ci as there is a bug in HHVM

1.5.0 - released 2014-06-22

1.4.2 - released 2013-12-12

Patch update to remove a broken pull request - may have consequences for users of 1.4.0 and 1.4.1 that exploited the "find_many() now returns an associative array with the databases primary ID as the array keys" change that was merged in 1.4.0.

  • Back out pull request/issue #133 as it breaks backwards compatibility in previously unexpected ways (see Idiorm issues #162, #156 and #133) - sorry for merging this change into Paris - closes Idiorm issue 156

1.4.1 - released 2013-09-05

1.4.0 - released 2013-09-05

  • Call methods against model class directly eg. User::find_many() - PHP 5.3 only [Lapayo] - issue #62
  • find_many() now returns an associative array with the databases primary ID as the array keys [Surt] - see commit 9ac0ae7 and Idiorm issue #133
  • Add PSR-1 compliant camelCase method calls to Idiorm (PHP 5.3+ required) [crhayes] - issue #59
  • Allow specification of connection on relation methods [alexandrusavin] - issue #55
  • Make tests/bootstrap.php HHVM compatible [JoelMarcey] - issue #71
  • belongs_to doesn't work with $auto_prefix_models (issue #70)

1.3.0 - released 2013-01-31

  • Documentation moved to and now built using Sphinx
  • Add support for multiple database connections [tag] - issue #15
  • Allow a prefix for model class names - see Configuration in the documentation - closes issues #33
  • Exclude tests and git files from git exports (used by composer)
  • Implement set_expr - closes issue #39
  • Add is_new - closes issue #40
  • Add support for the new IdiormResultSet object in Idiorm - closes issue #14
  • Change Composer to use a classmap so that autoloading is better supported [javierd] - issue #44
  • Move tests into PHPUnit to match Idiorm
  • Update included Idiorm version for tests
  • Move documentation to use Sphinx

1.2.0 - released 2012-11-14

  • Setup composer for installation via packagist (j4mie/paris)
  • Add in basic namespace support, see issue #20
  • Allow properties to be set as an associative array in set(), see issue #13
  • Patch in idiorm now allows empty models to be saved (j4mie/idiorm see issue #58)

1.1.1 - released 2011-01-30

1.1.0 - released 2011-01-24

  • Add is_dirty method

1.0.0 - released 2010-12-01

  • Initial release
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