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Flamework is a PHP web-application framework, born out of the processes and house-style developed at

This library is a work in progress. It is immediately usable, but lacks many of the components needed to create a fully featured modern application. These pieces are being added as the individual contributors find a need to in their personal projects. If you've written a missing piece of the puzzle, please send a pull-request.

Installation - As a base for a new project

  • Copy everything in www to a web server running Apache with mod_php and php5-mcrypt.
  • Enable AllowOverrides all for the root.
  • If some of your rewrite rules like ^account/password$ aren't working, try Options -MultiViews.
  • Copy include/config.php.example to include/config.php and edit it.
  • Ensure that the templates_c directory can be written to by your webserver.
  • Load the schema into mysql: mysql -uwww -Dflamework -p < schema/db_main.schema

That's it.

For a longer version, read the installation guide.

If you'd like to use Flamework as an external library, read this.

To install Flamework on, read this.

##Global Variables

Flamework uses and assigns global PHP variables on the grounds that it's really just not that big a deal. A non-exhaustive list of global variables that Flameworks assigns is:

  • $GLOBALS['cfg'] -- A great big hash that contains all the various site configs and runtime user authentication info.

  • $GLOBALS['smarty'] -- A Smarty templating object.

  • $GLOBALS['timings'] & $GLOBALS['timing_keys'] -- Hashs used to store site performance metrics.

Some libraries use their own globals internally, usually prefixed with LIBRARYNAME_ or _LIBRARYNAME_.

Other documentation

Libraries & Tools

There are several drop-in external libraries for common tasks:

Aaron has created several starter configurations for using delegated auth:

And some random odds and ends:


If you have make and and recent perl installed (you almost certainly do), you can run the tests using:

make test

If you also have xdebug and PHP_CodeCoverage installed, you can generate test coverage information:

make cover

Test coverage needs some serious improvement.


If you don't want to mess with your local development environment, you can run the tests under Vagrant by doing:

vagrant up
vagrant ssh
cd /vagrant
make test


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