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Provides messenging features for your Symfony2 application.

The persistence is storage agnostic. Any backend may be implemented: Doctrine, Propel, etc. Presently, only the MongoDB implementation is complete.

MessageBundle supports threads, spam detection, soft deletion and messenging permissions.

MessageBundle requires FOSUserBundle by default, as NewThreadMessageFormType depends on the fos_user_username field type for entering a new message recipient. This dependency is optional if you implement a custom form type for new messages and specify your class in the new_thread_form.type config option.

Note: PR #32 introduced significant schema changes for the MongoDB model layer. The ornicar:message:mongodb:migrate:metadata console command may be used to migrate your existing schema. Please refer to the command's help message for additional information.


Add MessageBundle to your src/ dir

Through submodules:

$ git submodule add git:// vendor/bundles/Ornicar/MessageBundle

Through composer:

"require": {
    "ornicar/message-bundle": "dev-master"

Add the Ornicar namespace to your autoloader

// app/autoload.php

    'Ornicar' => __DIR__.'/../vendor/bundles',
    // your other namespaces

Add MessageBundle to your application kernel

// app/AppKernel.php

public function registerBundles()
    return array(
        // ...
        new Ornicar\MessageBundle\OrnicarMessageBundle(),
        // ...

Configure your project

You have to include the MessageBundle in your Doctrine mapping configuration, along with the bundle containing your custom Thread and Message classes:

# app/config/config.yml

                OrnicarMessageBundle: ~
                # your other bundles

The above example assumes a MongoDB configuration, but the mappings configuration block would be the same for ORM.

Choose your user

The message senders and recipients are called participants of the thread. MessageBundle will only refer to them using the ParticipantInterface. This allows you to use any user class. Just make it implement this interface.

For exemple, if your user class is Acme\UserBundle\Document\User:

// src/Acme/UserBundle/Document/User.php

use Ornicar\MessageBundle\Model\ParticipantInterface;

 * @MongoDB\Document
class User implements ParticipantInterface
    // your code here

If you need a bundle providing a base user, see

Creating concrete model classes

Register routing

You will probably want to include the built-in routes.


# app/config/routing.yml

    resource: "@OrnicarMessageBundle/Resources/config/routing.xml"
    prefix: /optional_routing_prefix

Or if you prefer XML:

# app/config/routing.xml

<import resource="@OrnicarMessageBundle/Resources/config/routing.xml"/>

Basic Usage

Have a look to the default controller to learn how to use the messenging services:


You can also simply send a message from your code.

Get user threads

Get the threads in the inbox of the authenticated user:

$provider = $container->get('ornicar_message.provider');

$threads = $provider->getInboxThreads();

And the threads in the sentbox:

$threads = $provider->getSentThreads();

To get a single thread, check it belongs to the authenticated user and mark it as read:

$thread = $provider->getThread($threadId);

Manipulate threads

See Ornicar\\MessageBundle\\Model\\ThreadInterface for the complete list of available methods:

// Print the thread subject
echo $thread->getSubject();

// Get the tread participants
$participants = $thread->getParticipants();

// Know if this participant has read this thread
if ($thread->isReadByParticipant($participant))

// Know if this participant has deleted this thread
if ($thread->isDeletedByParticipant($participant))

Manipulate messages

See Ornicar\\MessageBundle\\Model\\MessageInterface for the complete list of available methods:

// Print the message body
echo $message->getBody();

// Get the message sender participant
$sender = $message->getSender();

// Get the message thread
$thread = $message->getThread();

// Know if this participant has read this message
if ($message->isReadByParticipant($participant))

Compose a message

Create a new message thread:

$composer = $container->get('ornicar_message.composer');

$message = $composer->newThread()
    ->setSubject('Hi there')
    ->setBody('This is a test message')

And to reply to this thread:

$message = $composer->reply($thread)
    ->setBody('This is the answer to the test message')

Note that when replying, we don't need to provide the subject nor the recipient. Because they are the attributes of the thread, which already exists.

Send a message

Nothing's easier than sending the message you've just composed:

$sender = $container->get('ornicar_message.sender');



MessageBundle provides a few twig functions:

{# template.html.twig #}

{# Know if a message is read by the authenticated participant #}
{% if not ornicar_message_is_read(message) %} This message is new! {% endif %}

{# Know if a thread is read by the authenticated participant. Yes, it's the same function. #}
{% if not ornicar_message_is_read(thread) %} This thread is new! {% endif %}

{# Get the number of new threads for the authenticated participant #}
You have {{ ornicar_message_nb_unread() }} new messages

Spam detection

Using Akismet

Install AkismetBundle (

Then, set the spam detector service accordingly:

# app/config/config.yml

        spam_detector: ornicar_message.akismet_spam_detector

Other strategy

You can use any spam dectetor service, including one of your own, provided the class implements Ornicar\MessageBundle\SpamDetection\SpamDetectorInterface.

Messenging permissions

You can change the security logic by replacing the authorizer service:

# app/config/config.yml

        authorizer: acme_message.authorizer

Your class must implement Ornicar\MessageBundle\Security\AuthorizerInterface:

interface AuthorizerInterface
    * Tells if the current user is allowed
    * to see this thread
    * @param ThreadInterface $thread
    * @return boolean
    function canSeeThread(ThreadInterface $thread);

    * Tells if the current participant is allowed
    * to delete this thread
    * @param ThreadInterface $thread
    * @return boolean
    function canDeleteThread(ThreadInterface $thread);

    * Tells if the current participant is allowed
    * to send a message to this other participant
    * $param ParticipantInterface $participant the one we want to send a message to
    * @return boolean
    function canMessageParticipant(ParticipantInterface $participant);

You can tell whether the user can see or delete a thread, and if he can send a new message to another user. See the default implementation in Ornicar\MessageBundle\Security\Authorizer.

Listening to events

This bundles dispatches event when notable actions are performed.

See Ornicar\MessageBundle\Event\OrnicarMessageEvents for a documented list of the available events.


All configuration options are listed below:

# app/config/config.yml

    db_driver:              mongodb
    thread_class:           Acme\MessageBundle\Document\Thread
    message_class:          Acme\MessageBundle\Document\Message
    message_manager:        ornicar_message.message_manager         # See ModelManager\MessageManagerInterface
    thread_manager:         ornicar_message.thread_manager          # See ModelManager\ThreadManagerInterface
    sender:                 ornicar_message.sender                  # See Sender\SenderInterface
    composer:               ornicar_message.composer                # See Composer\ComposerInterface
    provider:               ornicar_message.provider                # See Provider\ProviderInterface
    participant_provider:   ornicar_message.participant_provider    # See Security\ParticipantProviderInterface
    authorizer:             ornicar_message.authorizer              # See Security\AuthorizerInterface
    message_reader:         ornicar_message.message_reader          # See Reader\ReaderInterface
    thread_reader:          ornicar_message.thread_reader           # See Reader\ReaderInterface
    deleter:                ornicar_message.deleter                 # See Deleter\DeleterInterface
    spam_detector:          ornicar_message.noop_spam_detector      # See SpamDetection\SpamDetectorInterface
    twig_extension:         ornicar_message.twig_extension          # See Twig\Extension\MessageExtension
        finder:             ornicar_message.search_finder           # See Finder\FinderInterface
        query_factory:      ornicar_message.search_query_factory    # See Finder\QueryFactoryInterface
        query_parameter:    'q'                                     # Request query parameter containing the term
        factory:            ornicar_message.new_thread_form.factory # See FormFactory\NewThreadMessageFormFactory
        type:               ornicar_message.new_thread_form.type    # See FormType\NewThreadMessageFormType
        handler:            ornicar_message.new_thread_form.handler # See FormHandler\NewThreadMessageFormHandler
        name:               message
        factory:            ornicar_message.reply_form.factory      # See FormFactory\ReplyMessageFormFactory
        type:               ornicar_message.reply_form.type         # See FormType\ReplyMessageFormType
        handler:            ornicar_message.reply_form.handler      # See FormHandler\ReplyMessageFormHandler
        name:               message

Implement a new persistence backend

I need your help for the ORM - and more - implementations.


To provide a new backend implementation, you must implement these interfaces:

  • Model/ThreadInterface.php
  • Model/MessageInterface.php
  • ModelManager/ThreadManagerInterface.php
  • ModelManager/MessageManagerInterface.php

MongoDB implementation examples:

  • Document/Thread.php
  • Document/Message.php
  • DocumentManager/ThreadManager.php
  • DocumentManager/MessageManager.php

Note that the MongoDB manager classes only contain MongoDB-specific logic. Backend-agnostic logic lives within the abstract managers.


You may also need to define mappings.

MongoDB mapping examples:

  • src/Ornicar/MessageBundle/Resources/config/doctrine/thread.mongodb.xml
  • src/Ornicar/MessageBundle/Resources/config/doctrine/message.mongodb.xml