Excel integration in Symfony2 thanks to https://github.com/PHPOffice/PHPExcel library
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Symfony2 Excel bundle

This bundle permits you to create, modify and read excel objects.

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Version 2

This is the shiny new version. There is a big BC with the 1.* version, but unit tests, functional tests, and the new factory is very simple to use.

Version 1.*

If you have installed an old version, and you are happy to use it, you could find documentation and files in the tag v1.0.6, browse the code.

Things to know:

CSV is faster so if you have to create simple xls file, I encourage you to use the built-in function for csv: http://php.net/manual-lookup.php?pattern=csv&lang=en&scope=quickref


1 Add to composer.json to the require key

    $composer require liuggio/excelbundle

2 Register the bundle in app/AppKernel.php

    $bundles = array(
        // ...
        new Liuggio\ExcelBundle\LiuggioExcelBundle(),


  • Create an empty object:
$phpExcelObject = $this->get('phpexcel')->createPHPExcelObject();
  • Create an object from a file:
$phpExcelObject = $this->get('phpexcel')->createPHPExcelObject('file.xls');
  • Create a Excel5 and write to a file given the object:
$writer = $this->get('phpexcel')->createWriter($phpExcelObject, 'Excel5');
  • Create a Excel5 and create a StreamedResponse:
$writer = $this->get('phpexcel')->createWriter($phpExcelObject, 'Excel5');
$response = $this->get('phpexcel')->createStreamedResponse($writer);
  • Create a Excel file with an image:
$writer = $this->get('phpexcel')->createPHPExcelObject();
$activesheet = $writer->getActiveSheet();

$drawingobject = $this->get('phpexcel')->createPHPExcelWorksheetDrawing();
$drawingobject->setName('Image name');
$drawingobject->setDescription('Image description');

Not Only 'Excel5'

The list of the types are:

  1. 'Excel5'
  2. 'Excel2007'
  3. 'Excel2003XML'
  4. 'OOCalc'
  5. 'SYLK'
  6. 'Gnumeric'
  7. 'HTML'
  8. 'CSV'


Fake Controller

The best place to start is the fake Controller at Tests/app/Controller/FakeController.php, that is a working example.

More example

You could find a lot of examples in the official PHPExcel repository https://github.com/PHPOffice/PHPExcel/tree/develop/Examples

For lazy devs

namespace YOURNAME\YOURBUNDLE\Controller;

use Symfony\Bundle\FrameworkBundle\Controller\Controller;
use Symfony\Component\HttpFoundation\ResponseHeaderBag;

class DefaultController extends Controller

    public function indexAction($name)
        // ask the service for a Excel5
       $phpExcelObject = $this->get('phpexcel')->createPHPExcelObject();

           ->setLastModifiedBy("Giulio De Donato")
           ->setTitle("Office 2005 XLSX Test Document")
           ->setSubject("Office 2005 XLSX Test Document")
           ->setDescription("Test document for Office 2005 XLSX, generated using PHP classes.")
           ->setKeywords("office 2005 openxml php")
           ->setCategory("Test result file");
           ->setCellValue('A1', 'Hello')
           ->setCellValue('B2', 'world!');
       // Set active sheet index to the first sheet, so Excel opens this as the first sheet

        // create the writer
        $writer = $this->get('phpexcel')->createWriter($phpExcelObject, 'Excel5');
        // create the response
        $response = $this->get('phpexcel')->createStreamedResponse($writer);
        // adding headers
        $dispositionHeader = $response->headers->makeDisposition(
        $response->headers->set('Content-Type', 'text/vnd.ms-excel; charset=utf-8');
        $response->headers->set('Pragma', 'public');
        $response->headers->set('Cache-Control', 'maxage=1');
        $response->headers->set('Content-Disposition', $dispositionHeader);

        return $response;        


the list of contributors


  1. fork the project
  2. clone the repo
  3. get the coding standard fixer: wget http://cs.sensiolabs.org/get/php-cs-fixer.phar
  4. before the PullRequest you should run the coding standard fixer with php php-cs-fixer.phar fix -v .