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Generic & Modulare Citizen Toolkit (Php , MongoDB, REstfull API, Boostrap)
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Pixel Humain

If you are on mac OSX, read this readme first : Specific for Mac OSX


Php version : 5.4.X (minimum) MongoDB : 2.6.X (tested version - minimum) Mongo Driver : 1.4.5 (tested version - minimum)


Configure your php

Verify your php configuration is right done lauching the command line

php --ini

The php.ini specified in the "Loaded Configuration File" option should be the right one. Check in this php.ini file the openssl extension is activated.

must install a Php webserver

Choose your favorite webserver (apache) or package (easyPhp, Wamp...) Edit the httpd.conf file and activate the line

LoadModule rewrite_module modules/
  • On Windows OS :
if (X<5) 
* Important : if you'are running with a 64bits platform choose the file with 'x86_64' in it.
* Copy the dll file in your directory : %php_dir%/ext
* In the php.ini add (the name of the dll file depends on your php install version) : 
for php 5.5
for php 5.3

install a mongo Database instance and admin tool

mongod --dbpath data/db
  • inside your favorite mongo administration tool :
  • create a database called pixelhumain
  • create a user for the db : pixelhumain
  • you can do this the simple mongo
    • use pixelhumain
    • db.addUser( "pixelhumain","pixelhumain" )

Composer installation

PixelHumain is set with composer in order to manage dependencies and libraries.

  • Clone the repository in order to recover the files
  • If you don't have it get the composer (
  • Modify the file /ph/protected/config/dbconfig.php with your database name and URL
$dbconfig = array(
    'class' => 'mongoYii.EMongoClient',
    'server' => 'mongodb://',
    'db' => 'pixelhumain',    
  • Create a new folder called "runtime" in the directory "path/to/pixelhumain/ph/protected/"
  • Create a new folder called "assets" in the directory "path/to/pixelhumain/ph"
  • Launch following commands to initiate the application : in cd path/to/pixelhumain/ph where you'll find composer.json
composer update
composer install

Launch the application

  • Launch you http webserver
  • depending on how you webservers alias is configured here the alias is called ''ph'' and pointing to the folder you cloned test this url : http://localhost:8080/ph/index.php/test

  • All the first line should be green.

right now you can access the application like to remove the index.php you'll need to configure your http.conf like this

Alias "/ph" "pathToProjectFolder/pixelhumain/ph"
<Directory "pathToProjectFolder/pixelhumain/ph">
Options FollowSymLinks Indexes
AllowOverride none
Order deny,allow
Allow from
deny from all
<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
Options +FollowSymLinks
IndexIgnore */*
RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteCond $1 !^(index\.php|assets|robots\.txt)
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ /ph/index.php/$1 [L]

Adding a Module

  • at the same level of the /pixelhumain folder , create a folder called /modules
    /doc ...
  • cd modules
  • git clone "any of the module" ex :
  • front end URL :
  • api URL :
  • if any there's any initData to be installed you'll see the prompt
  • sometimes you'll need to initData to install test Data sets YOU SUCCEED ! READY TO CODE NOW !

Understanding the structure and Yii

Now you can follow urls to understand and dive into the code, which is a fairly standard and simple MVC ex :

  • "communecter" is the module
  • "person" is the controller file called PersonController.php
  • "profile" is the action foun called actionProfile found in the above controller file

Valuing States Structure

  • page region : List all Counties with minimal descritption
  • city page : List local actors(directory), local Places
  • people page :

Roadmap short term

  • add a person/citizen
  • add and Association, Company
  • add a State entity (city, county...)

Document before coding

Make a good habit of writing a doc or a doc corrected before embarking in the code. This avoids a tedious task of writing a doc after hit.

More info

Version 0.002

L'homme qui déplace une montagne commence par déplacer les petites pierres.- Confucius
Man who wants to move a mountain starts by moving pebbles
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