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Docker Symfony (PHP7-FPM - NGINX - MySQL - ELK)

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Docker-symfony gives you everything you need for developing Symfony application. This complete stack run with docker and docker-compose (1.7 or higher).


  1. Create a .env from the .env.dist file. Adapt it according to your symfony application

    cp .env.dist .env
  2. Build/run containers with (with and without detached mode)

    $ docker-compose build
    $ docker-compose up -d
  3. Update your system host file (add symfony.local)

    # UNIX only: get containers IP address and update host (replace IP according to your configuration) (on Windows, edit C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts)
    $ sudo echo $(docker network inspect bridge | grep Gateway | grep -o -E '([0-9]{1,3}\.){3}[0-9]{1,3}') "symfony.local" >> /etc/hosts

    Note: For OS X, please take a look here and for Windows read this (4th step).

  4. Prepare Symfony app

    1. Update app/config/parameters.yml

      # path/to/your/symfony-project/app/config/parameters.yml
          database_host: db
    2. Composer install & create database

      $ docker-compose exec php bash
      $ composer install
      # Symfony2
      $ sf doctrine:database:create
      $ sf doctrine:schema:update --force
      # Only if you have `doctrine/doctrine-fixtures-bundle` installed
      $ sf doctrine:fixtures:load --no-interaction
      # Symfony3
      $ sf3 doctrine:database:create
      $ sf3 doctrine:schema:update --force
      # Only if you have `doctrine/doctrine-fixtures-bundle` installed
      $ sf3 doctrine:fixtures:load --no-interaction
  5. Enjoy :-)


Just run docker-compose up -d, then:


If you want to add optionnals containers like Redis, PHPMyAdmin... take a look on doc/

How it works?

Have a look at the docker-compose.yml file, here are the docker-compose built images:

  • db: This is the MySQL database container,
  • php: This is the PHP-FPM container in which the application volume is mounted,
  • nginx: This is the Nginx webserver container in which application volume is mounted too,
  • elk: This is a ELK stack container which uses Logstash to collect logs, send them into Elasticsearch and visualize them with Kibana.

This results in the following running containers:

$ docker-compose ps
           Name                          Command               State              Ports            
dockersymfony_db_1            / mysqld            Up>3306/tcp      
dockersymfony_elk_1           /usr/bin/supervisord -n -c ...   Up>80/tcp          
dockersymfony_nginx_1         nginx                            Up      443/tcp,>80/tcp
dockersymfony_php_1           php-fpm                          Up>9000/tcp      

Useful commands

# bash commands
$ docker-compose exec php bash

# Composer (e.g. composer update)
$ docker-compose exec php composer update

# SF commands (Tips: there is an alias inside php container)
$ docker-compose exec php php /var/www/symfony/app/console cache:clear # Symfony2
$ docker-compose exec php php /var/www/symfony/bin/console cache:clear # Symfony3
# Same command by using alias
$ docker-compose exec php bash
$ sf cache:clear

# Retrieve an IP Address (here for the nginx container)
$ docker inspect --format '{{ .NetworkSettings.Networks.dockersymfony_default.IPAddress }}' $(docker ps -f name=nginx -q)
$ docker inspect $(docker ps -f name=nginx -q) | grep IPAddress

# MySQL commands
$ docker-compose exec db mysql -uroot -p"root"

# F***ing cache/logs folder
$ sudo chmod -R 777 app/cache app/logs # Symfony2
$ sudo chmod -R 777 var/cache var/logs var/sessions # Symfony3

# Check CPU consumption
$ docker stats $(docker inspect -f "{{ .Name }}" $(docker ps -q))

# Delete all containers
$ docker rm $(docker ps -aq)

# Delete all images
$ docker rmi $(docker images -q)


  • Got this error: ERROR: Couldn't connect to Docker daemon at http+docker://localunixsocket - is it running? If it's at a non-standard location, specify the URL with the DOCKER_HOST environment variable. ?
    Run docker-compose up -d instead.

  • Permission problem? See this doc (Setting up Permission)

  • How to config Xdebug? Xdebug is configured out of the box! Just config your IDE to connect port 9001 and id key PHPSTORM


First of all, thank you for contributing
If you find any typo/misconfiguration/... please send me a PR or open an issue. You can also ping me on twitter.
Also, while creating your Pull Request on GitHub, please write a description which gives the context and/or explains why you are creating it.


🐳 A docker multicontainer with NGINX, PHP7-FPM, MySQL and ELK (Elasticsearch Logstash and Kibana)








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