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Yii 2 Admin Project Template

Yii 2 Admin Project Template is a skeleton Yii 2 application best for rapidly creating admin backends projects.


  • Application files in its folder.
  • AdminLTE theme imported
  • User schema and user login/register/profile/passwords forms.
  • AdminLTE specific widgets exposed as Yii2 widgets:
    • Box (with expanded/collapsed state)
    • Tabs
    • Select2
    • GridView
    • ProgressBar (vertical/horizontal)
    • Popup notifications.
    • ItemList (wrapper for nice AdminLTE lists)
    • TimePicker
    • Timeline
    • TypeAhead (bootstrap version from @bower/typeahead.js)



bin/   contains command line utilities
app/   contains your application 
      assets/         contains assets definition
      base/           contains base classes
      commands/       contains console commands (controllers)
      components/     contains various components (Menu, etc)
      config/         contains application configurations
      controllers/    contains Web controller classes
      forms/          contains web forms
      helpers/        contains application helpers
      mail/           contains view files for e-mails
      models/         contains model classes
      tests/          contains various tests for the basic application
      views/          contains view files for the Web application
      widgets/        contains widgets ready to use in views
modules/     contains custom modules
vendor/      contains dependent 3rd-party packages
runtime/     contains files generated during runtime
web/         contains the entry script and Web resources
config.php   local site application configuration


The minimum requirement by this project template that your Web server supports PHP 5.4.0.


Install composer if you have not any:

curl -sS | php
php composer.phar global require "fxp/composer-asset-plugin"

Get the project and all dependencies:

php composer.phar create-project skoro/yii2-admin-template yii2-admin 0.2

Answer the questions and if you need apply database migrations. And that's all. In case if you cannot install project via composer read next chapters.


Clone project repository:

git clone yii2-admin

Install dependencies:

composer.phar install

Check project requirements:


Change to project directory and set permissions:

chmod 777 ./runtime ./web/assets

Create your host configuration by copying sample:

cp config-sample.php config.php

Set cookie validation key in config.php file to some random secret string:

'request' => [
    // !!! insert a secret key in the following (if it is empty) - this is required by cookie validation
    'cookieValidationKey' => '',


Your local site configuration resides in config.php. You can create config.php by copying config-sample.php.


Edit the file config.php in web root folder with real data, for example:

'db' => [
    'class' => 'yii\db\Connection',
    'dsn' => 'mysql:host=localhost;dbname=yii2basic',
    // Or SQLite3 database (directory data must be already created and must be
    // writable by webserver).
    // 'dsn' => 'sqlite:@runtime/data/db.sq3',
    'username' => 'root',
    'password' => '1234',
    'charset' => 'utf8',

Apply database migrations:

./bin/yii migrate

This imports user schema into your database.

Enable debug mode

To enabled debug bar uncomment following lines in config.php:

define('YII_DEBUG', true);
define('YII_ENV', 'dev');

If you are on local network (not make debug modules happy with following lines:

    'modules' => [
        'debug' => [
            'allowedIPs' => ['192.168.1.*'],
        'gii' => [
            'allowedIPs' => ['192.168.1.*'],

These lines enable debug and gii modules for clients from 192.168.1.* subnetwork.


After application has been installed and configured it's time to test it. First of all, create user via command yii line utility:

./bin/yii user/create "User name"

Assign the newly created user to the Administrators group:

./bin/yii rbac/assign mail@address Administrator

Then launch local web server:

./bin/yii serve

Now you can access the application through the following URL and try to login:

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