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Faster Development of CodeIgniter Apps

Click here to lend your support to: Bonfire - faster CodeIgniter development and make a donation at !

That's Bonfire's goal: provide a solid base off of which to build your new web applications. It's not a CMS. Instead, it's a springboard to build off of with many of the tools you wish you had on projects but never took the time to build.

All wrapped up in an elegant interface that will make you proud when you hand the project over to your client.

Current Features

  • CodeIgniter 3.x included.
  • Very flexible template/theme system, capable of Wordpress-like parent/child themes.
  • Uses Twitter Bootstrap 2.x for the Admin and Default themes
  • Fully modular and built around HMVC
  • 4 ‘contexts’ ready for your code: Content, Reports, Settings and Developer Tools
  • Database backup and maintenance interface
  • Role-based access control
  • Built-in users/auth system
  • Code Builder with CRUD generation
  • Simple email queue system
  • 2-step installer
  • Uses multiple-environment config files.
  • Migration-ready (using either raw SQL or Database Forge commands)
  • Log view/maintenance

Road Map

Check out our online road map where you can comment and vote on items in the lists.

Stay Up To Date

Follow Bonfire's progress and commits at Twitter by following cibonfire.

Lend A Hand

If you're interested in helping out, fork the project and start coding! I'd love to have you on board. You can always shoot me an email at and we can talk about how you'll best fit it and what the best place to start coding would be.

Let's make this the best kick-start to any CodeIgniter project.


Due to the shift from CI2 to CI3, there are 2 branches containing recent releases and 3 development branches.

  • The releases are in the 0.8.x (v0.8.x) and 0.7.x (v0.7.x) branches.
  • The development branches are develop (v0.9+), 0.8-dev (v0.8.x), and 0.7-dev (v0.7.x).

Bug fixes are currently being made to all three development branches, but 0.7-dev and 0.8-dev are now bugfix-only branches.

  • v0.7.x uses CodeIgniter 2 by default. CI3 is supported, but not included.
  • v0.8.x uses CodeIgniter 3 by default. CI2 is supported, but not included.
  • v0.9+ uses CodeIgniter 3, and will not continue to support CI2.

The develop branch will be the only branch receiving new features and/or major code changes.

Bug Reports

We strive to make Bonfire a solid base to work with. In doing so your Bug Reports are very vital to us. Before making a Bug Report please check the existing Issue Tracker , if the bug you have found does not exist in the issue tracker already, please text a minute to read the guide lines to making a Good Bug report.

The Team

The Bonfire Team is made up of developers from around the world interested in making Bonfire a better kickstart for your CodeIgniter projects.

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