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(Experimental) Template for setting up MidCOM-based projects.

Where is everything?

The MidCOM project template follows a file structure designed for both easy bootstrapping of new projects, and for managing existing projects in a version control system.

  • config: application configuration files, including Midgard2 database setup
  • var: volatile application data, like logs and cache
  • src: application's own MidCOM components
  • theme: application's MidCOM templates
  • web: document root for the application, to be used with your web server
  • setup: setup and installation tools, including Vagrant and Puppet configuration
  • vendor: dependencies including MidCOM and components. Managed by Composer

Creating new MidCOM projects

This project template is designed to be used together with the Composer PHP dependency management tool. You can create new MidCOM projects on your current machine with:

$ php composer.phar create-project midgard/midcom-project-template myproject

This will download the MidCOM project template and set it up together with the dependencies. This new project will be set up in the myproject directory.

To set up a new database, use openpsa/installer's midgard2:setup command:

$ ./vendor/bin/openpsa-installer midgard2:setup

Note: Even though Midgard2 supports multiple relational databases, the current setup scripts only support MySQL and SQLite.

Creating development VMs with Vagrant

Vagrant gives an easy way to manage development virtual machines using MidCOM.


  • Vagrant
  • NFS (out-of-the-box in OS X, on Debian-based Linux systems install nfs-kernel-server)


To set up a Vagrant project, download this project template, and then:

$ cd setup/vagrant
$ vagrant up

The up command will download a Ubuntu 12.04 base image, start it in VirtualBox and then use the Puppet configuration management system to set up Midgard2, PHP, Apache, and your MidCOM project.

This setup can take a long time depending on your internet connection. Once it is done, there should be a MidCOM instance running based on your project setup. You can access it at http://localhost:8181.


The Vagrant VM will mount your project directory over NFS, and so all of your file changes will apply to the virtual machine instantly. If you need to tweak something on the VM, you can get an SSH connection to it with:

$ vagrant ssh

Your mounted project directory will be available in /midcom.

Managing the virtual machine

You can use the vagrant halt command to stop your virtual machine, and vagrant up to restart it.

If you want to start from scratch, simply run vagrant destroy, and rebuild the VM image with another vagrant up.

If you want to distribute your VM image with your team, read the Vagrant packaging documentation.

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