set up symfony


  • installed XAMPP or MAMP (apache server & php installation bundles)
  • installed composer (php libraries)
  • installed npm (deploy libraries)

Step 1: install Symfony installer

option 1 (recommended): download the installer, and move it to the directory where your repository should be located

php -r "readfile('');" > symfony
move symfony D:\Repos
php symfony new my_project

option 2: create the project with composer:

composer create-project symfony/framework-standard-edition my_project

follow the instructions in the console (you will probably need to configure your database & mail settings)

now, update all packages with composer:

composer update

Step 2: set up npm

create a file named package.json, adapt following json to your needs:

  "name": "my_project",
  "version": "0.1.0",
  "description": "My Project",
  "repository": {
    "type": "git",
    "url": "git://"
  "keywords": [
  "author": "Florian Moser <>",
  "license": "MIT",
  "bugs": {
    "url": ""
  "homepage": "",
  "devDependencies": {
    "bower": "^1",
    "browser-sync": "^2",
    "del": "^2",
    "gulp": "^3",
    "gulp-all": "^1",
    "gulp-batch": "^1",
    "gulp-bower": "^0",
    "gulp-clean-css": "^2",
    "gulp-concat": "^2",
    "gulp-less": "^3",
    "gulp-notify": "^2",
    "gulp-rename": "^1",
    "gulp-sass": "^2",
    "gulp-sourcemaps": "^1",
    "gulp-uglify": "^1",
    "gulp-watch": "^4",
    "less-plugin-autoprefix": "^1",
    "rimraf": "^2"

run in your console

npm update

Step 3: set up bower

create a file named bower.json, adapt following json to your needs:

  "name": "my-project",
  "version": 0.1,
  "homepage": "",
  "authors": [
    "famoser <>"
  "description": "My Project",
  "keywords": [
  "license": "MIT",
  "ignore": [
  "dependencies": {
    "jquery": "2.2.3",
    "bootstrap": "3.3.6",
    "components-font-awesome": "*"

create a file named .bowerrc, with following json content:

    "directory": "web/assets/vendor/"

to create such a strange filename you can run

copy NUL > .bowerrc

in your console.

Step 4: set up build tools

I’ll use gulp for this.
Create a file named guldfile.js, content must be JavaScript. You’ll find a good starting point here: gist. There is quite a lot going on in this file, the instructions and the configuration is at the top.

Now run in your console


to build all frontend libraries for the first time.

Step 5: set up source control

  • add a README.MD describing your project
  • add a LICENSE.MD so other users may or may not be allowed to use your work (I’m recommending the MIT license)
  • exclude unnecessary files from git (bower, composer & IDE files)

Step 6: rename your AppBundle

choose a custom name for your application, make it VendorApplicationBundle, so for example GoogleYoutubeBundle.
Files / Folder you need to adapt:

  • The file /src/AppBundle/AppBundle.php
  • The namespaces in all .php files inside /src/AppBundle/**/*.php
  • The folder /src/AppBundle
  • in /app/AppKernel.php you need to register your renamed bundle (just replace the old AppBundle/AppBundle entry)

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