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Koseven is an elegant, open source, and object oriented HMVC framework built using PHP7, by a team of volunteers. It aims to be swift, secure, and small. It is based and nearly full compatible on defunct Kohana 3.3.X.

Released under a BSD license, Koseven can be used legally for any open source, commercial, or personal project.

Will work as dropin of Kohana?

If you were using 3.3.x version you may need to make some small changes. Please refer to upgrading from kohana section of the documentation.

I Need help!

You need Help, How-To's, Guides,...? Please consider to look into the GitHub Issues, maybe your answer is already there. If not feel free to open a topic and ask for it. If you want to you can also Join our Telegram Group, but keep in mind that this wan't guarantee you faster answer times, as we get also notified via Telegram if you open a Forum Topic.

History/Why a Kohana alternative?

Kohana 3.3.x is used by us in many live projects, and the original team (where @neo22s belonged too) stopped the development a while ago and on Feb 4, 2017 Shadowhand announced the final retirement Kohana is DEAD.

Before the final announcement everyone started to check if it was possible to migrate existing projects to other alternative PHP frameworks. As it turned out switching would be a complex and lengthy job. So it became clear that keeping the project alive and updated is a priority.

And so the Koseven repository was born and will keep this repository updated for future releases of PHP, giving the framework a clear perspective for the future.

Are modules of the original Kohana compatible?

Yes they are, just be sure that they are compatible with Kohana 3.3.X. An overview of Koseven's team own modules can be found on modules page. There's also a list online with a nice overview of existing kohana modules maintained (or abandoned) by others. You can consult this list at

Why all modules in 1 repo?

This was personal choice of @neo22s to keep the project as simple and easier to manage. The modules are commonly used and are not enabled by default. If not used they can be removed from the codebase.

What are the future plans for the project?

Our focus is to keep the framework compatible with new releases of PHP, fix bugs and try to improve the speed. New features can be added using modules.


Koseven documentation can be found at which also contains an API browser.

The userguide module included in all Kohana/Koseven releases allows you to view the documentation locally. To use it you need to enable theuserguide module in the bootstrap.php file (found in the application directory). Next you should be able to read the documentation from your own site via /index.php/guide (or just /guide if you are rewriting your URLs).

Reporting Bugs / Security Issues

If you've stumbled across a bug or a security issue, please help us out by reporting what you have found. Simply log in or register and submit a new issue, leaving as much information as possible, e.g.

  • Steps to reproduce
  • Expected result
  • Actual result

This will help us to fix the issue as quickly as possible, and if you'd like to fix it yourself feel free to fork us on GitHub and submit a pull request!


Any help is more than welcome! Please see Contributing for detailed Instructions.

Special Thanks

Special Thanks to all our Contibuters and our Community!