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Working With Silex

The PropelServiceProvider provides integration with Propel.

The PropelServiceProvider provides Silex integration with Propel.

Set up

If you want to use PropelServiceProvider, you will need:

  • Silex 1.x
  • PHP 5.4 or greater
  • Composer

To setup the project in your Silex application, you have to rely on composer ; just add the following to your composer.json file:

"require": {
    "propel/propel-service-provider": "2.x"

Then register you model namespace in Composer autoload:

"autoload": {
     "psr-0": { "Your\\Model\\Namespace": "path/of/your/model" }

Then install Composer and all dependencies:


php composer.phar install


  • propel.config_file (optional): The name of Propel configuration file with full path. Default is /full/project/path/generated-conf/config.php.

It's strongly recommanded to use absolute paths for previous option.


No service is provided.

Propel configures and manages itself by using static methods and its own service container, so no service is registered into Application. Actually, the PropelServiceProvider class initializes Propel in a more "Silex-ian" way.


After you've installed PropelServiceProvider and its dependencies, you can register PropelServiceProvider in your application:


$app->register(new Propel\Silex\PropelServiceProvider(), array(
    'propel.config_file' => __DIR__.'/path/to/myproject-conf.php'

Alternatively, if you built your model with default Propel generator options:


$app->register(new Propel\Silex\PropelServiceProvider());

We can consider "default" Propel generator options:

  • Put schema.xml files into the main directory project
  • Run vendor/bin/propel model:build command without specify any options about directories and namespace package.


You'll have to build the model by yourself. According to Propel documentation, you'll need two files:

  • schema.xml which contains your database schema;

  • runtime-conf.xml which contains the database configuration.

Use the vendor/bin/propel script to create all files (SQL, configuration, Model classes).

vendor/bin/propel model:build
vendor/bin/propel config:convert-xml
vendor/bin/propel sql:build

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