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Yii 2 Starter Kit

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This is Yii2 start application template.

It was created and developing as a fast start for building an advanced sites based on Yii2.

It covers typical use cases for a new project and will help you not to waste your time doing the same work in every project

Before you start

Please, consider helping project via contributions or donations.



  1. Install composer
  2. Install docker
  3. Install docker-compose
  4. Run
    composer create-project trntv/yii2-starter-kit --ignore-platform-reqs
    composer run-script docker:build
  5. Go to http://yii2-starter-kit.localhost


Admin backend

  • Beautiful and open source dashboard theme for backend AdminLTE 2
  • Content management components: articles, categories, static pages, editable menu, editable carousels, text blocks
  • Settings editor. Application settings form (based on KeyStorage component)
  • File manager
  • Users, RBAC management
  • Events timeline
  • Logs viewer
  • System monitoring


  • Built-in translations:
    • English
    • Spanish
    • Russian
    • Ukrainian
    • Chinese
    • Vietnamese
    • Polish
    • Portuguese (Brazil)
  • Language switcher, built-in behavior to choose locale based on browser preferred language
  • Backend translations manager


  • Sign in
  • Sign up
  • Profile editing(avatar, locale, personal data)
  • Optional activation by email
  • OAuth authorization
  • RBAC with predefined guest, user, manager and administrator roles
  • RBAC migrations support




Demo is hosted by awesome Digital Ocean

administrator role account

Login: webmaster
Password: webmaster

manager role account

Login: manager
Password: manager

user role account

Login: user
Password: user

How to contribute?

You can contribute in any way you want. Any help appreciated, but most of all i need help with docs (^_^)

Have any questions?

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This template was created mostly for developers NOT for end users. This is a point where you can start your application, rather than creating it from scratch. Good luck!