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Prado PHP Framework

PRADO is a component-based and event-driven programming framework for developing Web applications in PHP. PRADO stands for PHP Rapid Application Development Object-oriented.

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PRADO is best suitable for creating Web applications that are highly user-interactive. It can be used to develop systems as simple as a blog system to those as complex as a content management system (CMS) or a complete e-commerce solution. Because PRADO promotes object-oriented programming (OOP) through its component-based methodology, it fits extremely well for team work and enterprise development. Its event-driven programming pattern helps developers gain better focus on business logic rather than distracted by various tedious and repetitive low-level coding handling.

PRADO comes with many features that can cut down development time significantly. In particular, it provides a rich set of pluggable Web controls, complete database support including both active record and complex object mapper, seamless AJAX support, theme and skin, internationalization and localization, various caching solutions, security measures, and many other features that are seldom found in other programming frameworks.

The PRADO framework and the included demos are free software. They are released under the terms of the LICENSE.


The best way to install PRADO is through composer. If you don't use composer yet, first install it:

# download composer.phar
curl -s | php
# install it globally on the system
mv composer.phar /usr/local/bin/composer

Then, create the application structure using composer:

composer create-project pradosoft/prado-app app

The application will be installed in the "app" directory.

Add PRADO to an existing application

Just create a composer.json file for your project:

  "repositories": [
      "type": "composer",
      "url": ""
    "require": {
      "pradosoft/prado": "^4"

The asset-packagist repository is used to install javascript dependencies. Assuming you already installed composer, run

composer install

Then you can include the autoloader, and you will have access to the library classes:

require 'vendor/autoload.php';


A great introduction to PRADO is available in the Quickstart tutorial. The tutorial itself is a PRADO application included in the demos The complete API documentation can be found on the API Manual

Demo Apps

Several different example PRADO applications are provided in the repository. You can see these applications running here: .

Integration with your favorite IDE/editor

Plugins providing syntax highlighting and code snippets can be found at


In the spirit of free software, everyone is encouraged to help improve this project.

Here are some ways you can contribute:

  • by using prerelease versions
  • by reporting bugs
  • by writing specifications
  • by writing code (no patch is too small: fix typos, add comments, clean up inconsistent whitespace)
  • by refactoring code
  • by resolving issues
  • by reviewing patches

Starting point:

  • Fork the repo
  • Clone your repo
  • Make your changes
  • Write tests for your changes to ensure that later changes to PRADO won't break your code.
  • Submit your pull request


PRADO uses phpunit ( for unit testing and Selenium ( for functional testing.

In order to run tests, first clone the PRADO repository and have composer install the needed development libraries:

git clone`
cd prado
composer install

For functional tests only, you need to manually download and run an app called Selenium Server. It's a java application, so you'll need to install a JRE/JDK and then run it from a terminal:

java -jar selenium-server-4.x.x.jar standalone

Depending on the browser you want to use to do functional testing, you may need an additional driver.

Now you are redy to run tests; a phpunit configuration file is providen, to run the tests just execute

composer unittest to run unit tests and composer functionaltest to run functional tests.

Test results will be saved in in the build/tests/ directory.

Generatting the API documentation

PRADO uses phpDocumentor 3 ( to generate its API documentation. A phpdoc.dist.xml configuration file is providen, to generate the documentation just execute

composer gendoc

The documentation will be generated in the build/docs/ directory.