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Dinkly v3.38

The biggest little PHP framework

What makes Dinkly special?

Dinkly was built from the ground up to be simple, flexible, and easy to understand. You won't find any bloat here. What you will find is a handsome little framework that gives you everything you need and nothing you don't.


  • Easy to use and flexible MVC architecture
  • YAML configuration and customization
  • Support for Github Flavored Markdown templating
  • Composer support
  • Minimal and flexible ORM
  • Data fixtures
  • Ready-to-go templating with Twitter Bootstrap
  • Internationalization (i18n) Support


  1. Pull down the latest release from GitHub.

  2. From the command line (and inside the main project directory), run the following command to install basic dependencies using Composer:

    php composer.phar install --no-dev

  3. Set the web folder to be web-accessible by your server software.

  4. Create a new file called config.yml under the config directory and copy the contents of demo-config.yml into it.

The Basics

  1. Pay close to attention to config/bootstrap.php, it is here that you will want to toggle between your environments, if needed. It defaults to dev but can be changed to match other environments found in config/config.yml.

  2. Dinkly requires PHP 5.5 or newer

Command Line Tools

  • Generate all Dinkly datamodel files (will not overwrite existing custom classes). Use the '-s' option to use the appropriate schema. To insert/update model sql, use the '-i' option:

    php tools/gen_models.php -s <schema name> [-i]

  • Generate a single Dinkly datamodel file. Use the '-s' option to use the appropriate schema. To insert model sql, use the '-i' option:

    php tools/gen_model.php -s <schema name> -m <model name> [-i]

  • Load fixtures (preloads tables with data stored in yml files under config/fixtures):

    php tools/load_fixtures.php -s <schema name>

  • Generate a new Dinkly application:

    php tools/gen_app.php -a <app name>

  • Generate a new Dinkly module for a given application:

    php tools/gen_module.php -a <app name> -m <module name>

  • Test database connection for a given schema (and optionally by environment):

    php tools/test_db.php -s <schema name> [-e <environment>]

  • Run unit tests (assuming you've installed the additional dev packages with composer). Use the -f option if you want to run unit tests in a specific file. Use the -f and -t option if you want to run a specific test in a specific file:

    php tools/run_unit_tests.php [-f <path to test file>] [-t <name of specific test>]

Fetching GET and POST parameters

In any controller class function, you may use $this->fetchGetParams() to grab GET parameters, and $this->fetchPostParams() to grab POST parameters.

You may overload filterGetParameters() and filterPostParameters() as needed in the Dinkly class to do post-processing of these arrays.

Upgrading a Dinkly project from 2.x to 3.x (Using git)

  1. Back up your project.

  2. If Dinkly isn't currently configured as a remote, run this command at the project root to do so: git remote add dinkly

  3. Pull down the most recent version of Dinkly: git pull dinkly master.

  4. Run git status and pay special attention to files that are listed as both modified. Things will probably look pretty messy. It's okay.

  5. Copy and paste (and replace) the following folders from your backup into your project:

  • apps/admin
  • apps/frontend
  • apps/api
  • apps/error
  • classes/models/custom
  • config/fixtures
  • config/schemas
  • plugins/* (only if you use or have overriden anything prior to the upgrade)
  1. Add and then commit your changes to your project's repository.


Dinkly is open-sourced software licensed under the MIT License.



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