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KnpIpsum: a demo Symfony2 application

KnpIpsum is a demo application using the most successful bundles. It lets you discover some of their features and shows you the code used to achieve the result.

So it's not exactly the Symfony2 tutorial we wanted first but rather a comprehensive set of examples.

The demo is available online at http://knpipsum.knplabs.com

Browse the code on github.

You can also download a clean ready-to-use zipball as your base project (no git history).


  • You will need git to get the project
  • Check Symfony2 requirements


git submodule update --init

To install the assets in the web folder, launch the following commands:

php app/console assets:install web
php app/console --env=prod --no-debug assetic:dump


Should you need to overwrite the values used in the provided configuration, you can configure the project by creating a app/config/config_dev_local.yml and app/config/config_prod_local.yml.

To do that, just copy the corresponding .dist files.

Doctrine ORM

To create the database launch the following commands:

php app/console doctrine:database:create
php app/console doctrine:schema:create

Note: The first command requires to have enough rights for your MySQL user to create the database. If it is not the case, create an empty database by hand and use the second command to create the tables.


To load the fixtures (default location in src/Knp/IpsumBundle/DataFixtures/ORM), use the following command:

php app/console doctrine:fixtures:load


To launch behat tests (located in the bundle Features directory):

php app/console --env=test behat:bundle KnpIpsumBundle

Swift Mailer

To be able to send emails, please configure it in your local config. By default it will look for a SMTP server on localhost without authentication.

Test it

The main page of the application is configured at /. Access it via web/app_dev.php/.

Reporting an issue

If you have some issue with KnpIpsum or if your bundle is not presented the good way in the demo, please open a ticket on the github issue tracker