Symfony 2 Useful Console Commands

A handy list of cli console commands for Symfony2 for cache, cron jobs, Doctrine and more


php app/console cache:clear
php app/console cache:clear --env=prod


Will execute cron job in production environement

php app/console --env=prod exec:cronjobname


php app/console assets:install web

Bundles and Entities

Generate a Bundle:

php app/console generate:bundle

Generate Entity Client:

php app/console doctrine:generate:entity --entity="AcmeDemoBundle:Client"

Then print the sql query without executing it:

php app/console doctrine:schema:update --dump-sql

And finally  force the update and execute it

php app/console doctrine:schema:update --force

Generate Entities FROM DATABASE

When tables exists in your database you can generate Entity and ORM xml files with these commands:

1. Import to generate xml metadata files:

php app/console doctrine:mapping:import AcmeDummyBundle xml

Once metadata files are generated change xml file name to ClicDAO.orm.xml AND entity name to ClicDAO, then set repository file name like this


- change field names to your convenience and then

2. Generate Entities (Getters/Setters):

php app/console doctrine:generate:entities AcmeContactBundle

Convert Mapping entities to XML (Metadata files: /Resources/config/doctrine/<entity_name>.xml)

If your entities are already created and you want to convert to xml file:

php app/console doctrine:mapping:convert xml
php app/console doctrine:mapping:convert xml ./src/Acme/CommandeBundle/Resources/config/doctrine --from-database --force

Cache Clear solve persmission errors

php app/console cache:clear --no-warmup

Install Doctrine fixtures

Add this line in composer.json

"doctrine/doctrine-fixtures-bundle": "dev-master",

Then run

php composer.phar update --prefer-source

then register bundle in your appKernel: new Doctrine\Bundle\FixturesBundle\DoctrineFixturesBundle(),

Load fixtures


php app/console doctrine:fixtures:load --append //(will add data to existant)

Add data from a Bundle only:

php app/console doctrine:fixtures:load --fixtures=C:/xampp/htdocs/project_new/src/Acme/UtilBundle/DataFixtures/ORM/ --append


Verify routing:

php app/console router:debug

Cache problem on server

Problem: RuntimeException: Failed to write cache file "/var/www/Symfony/app/cache/dev/classes.php".
A force brute solution:

rm -rf app/cache/*
rm -rf app/logs/*

PHP-CS Fixer

PSR code formatting tools:
php c:/xampp/php/php-cs-fixer.phar fix c:/xampp/htdocs/project_new/src/Acme/SendingBundle/Model/Sending.php --verbose --level=psr2

Test PhpUnit

* Do not write unit tests for a Controller

# specify the configuration directory on the command line
phpunit -c app/

# run all tests in the Utility directory
$ phpunit -c app src/Acme/DemoBundle/Tests/Utility/

# run tests for the Calculator class
$ phpunit -c app src/Acme/DemoBundle/Tests/Utility/CalculatorTest.php

# run all tests for the entire Bundle
$ phpunit -c app src/Acme/DemoBundle/

Composer Optimize Autoload

php composer.phar dump-autoload --optimize

Install only a bundle, it should be added into the file composer.json  first:
php -d composer.phar update codeplex/phpexcel