Insomnia - PHP 5.3 MVC framework for creating RESTful web services, built on Doctrine2 components
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Welcome to the Insomnia Framework Beta Release!

Release Information

Insomnia Framework beta1

THIS SOFTWARE IS NO LONGER IN ACTIVE DEVELOPMENT, feel free to fork it and do what you will with it.


  • Insomnia allows you to quickly and easily create RESTful HTTP/1.1 compliant web services in PHP.
  • The Insomnia Kernel is built with performance and modularity in mind.
  • The Framework is structured such a way that it enforces separation between the Framework and Application layers.
  • Insomnia works well with Doctrine 2, using some of the Doctrine common components such as ClassLoader and AnnotationParser.
  • The Framework can be easily combined with libraries from Symfony, Zend, Doctrine, Propel, etc...
  • A wide range of community modules are available to extend the core functionality.


Currently the following modules ship with Insomnia:


  • HTTP Provides HTTP/1.1 functionality. Deals with the request [params/headers/body] and speaks HTTP/1.1
  • Mime Provides format detection [headers/file extensions] Provides multiple response formats [json/xml/txt/ini/yaml]
  • ErrorHandler Catches exceptions and provides debugging information


  • Documentation Provides an interface to auto-generate documentation
  • Console Allows script execution via the command line
  • Session Provides flexible stateful session handling
  • RequestValidator Provides a basic request validator
  • RestClient Provides a basic rest client for testing
  • Cors Adds cross-origin-resources-sharing headers to all HTTP responses
  • Compatibility Provides a compatibility layer for difficult clients

System Requirements

Insomnia Framework beta1 requires PHP 5.3 or later; we recommend using the latest PHP version whenever possible.


Please see install.txt


Insomnia is released under the MIT(Poetic) Software license

This work 'as-is' we provide.
No warranty express or implied.
Therefore, no claim on us will abide.
Liability for damages denied.

Permission is granted hereby,
to copy, share, and modify.
Use as is fit,
free or for profit.
These rights, on this notice, rely. 

Unit Tests

Once you've installed PHPUnit you can run the test suite by executing:


Questions & Feedback

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Or you can contact the lead developer directly:

Peter Johnson ( )

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