How to use AWS SDK for PHP 2 and Symfony Console

Few days ago I wanted to write a small PHP script to backup (upload) some files in Amazon S3. And because Amazon just released last month a new version of their SDK, AWS SDK for PHP 2 I decided to use this one.
I also choose to use Console component from Symfony2 and Composer to install all the dependencies.

In the root folder of my project I downloaded and installed composer, like this:

curl -s "" | php

In composer.json file I added this dependencies:

"require": {
"aws/aws-sdk-php": "*",
"monolog/monolog": "1.0.*",
"symfony/class-loader": "2.1.3",
"symfony/console": "2.1.3",
"symfony/yaml": "2.1.3",
"doctrine/common": "2.3.0",
"symfony/finder": "2.1.4"
"autoload": {
"psr-0": {
"Razvan": "src/"

and after this I ran:

php composer.phar install

After runing this command, you will see in the project folder, a directory called vendor where are installed all the dependencies.

After that I created on the same level with vendor a folder called src and inside this one another folder called Razvan.

[bash]mkdir -p src/Razvan[/bash]

inside the Razvan folder I put my BackupCommand.php

Below is a part of the code:


namespace Razvan;

use Symfony\Component\Console\Command\Command;
use Symfony\Component\Console\Input\InputArgument;
use Symfony\Component\Console\Input\InputInterface;
use Symfony\Component\Console\Input\InputOption;
use Symfony\Component\Console\Output\OutputInterface;
use Symfony\Component\Yaml\Yaml;
use Symfony\Component\Finder\Finder;

use Aws\S3\S3Client;
use Aws\S3\Enum\CannedAcl;
use Aws\S3\Exception\S3Exception;

* BackupCommand
* eg: usage for upload:
* php sync.php s3 /path/to/folder/ upload –relative
* @author razvan tudorica
class BackupCommand extends Command

private $s3;

protected function configure()
//… get the configuration for s3

->setDescription(‘Syncronize Amazon S3 folder with the local folder’)
->addArgument(‘localFolder’, InputArgument::REQUIRED, ‘Local folder FULL path’)
->addArgument(‘action’, InputArgument::REQUIRED, ‘upload (or download)’)
->addArgument(‘bucket’, InputArgument::OPTIONAL, ‘The bucket name’, $this->bucket)
->addArgument(‘s3Folder’, InputArgument::OPTIONAL, ‘Remote S3 folder path’)
->addOption(‘relative’, null, InputOption::VALUE_NONE, ‘If set, we will use relative path in the bucket’)

$conf = array(
‘secret’ => ‘YOURSECRET’,
‘region’ => ‘us-east-1’ //or your bucket’s region
$this->s3 = S3Client::factory($conf);

protected function execute(InputInterface $input, OutputInterface $output)
$action = $input->getArgument(‘action’);
$localFolder = $this->input->getArgument(‘localFolder’);
$bucket = $this->input->getArgument(‘bucket’);

//check if input the parameters are correct

$finder = new Finder();

foreach ($finder as $file)
//some extra logic for setting the key
$key = $startFolder . DIRECTORY_SEPARATOR . $file->getRelativePathname();


‘Bucket’ => $bucket,
‘Key’ => $key,
‘Body’ => fopen($file->getRealpath(), ‘r’),
‘ACL’ => CannedAcl::PUBLIC_READ
catch (S3Exception $e)
$this->output->writeln("The file was not uploaded: " . $e->getMessage());



And now we have to call this command. For this, in the root folder of the project I created another small script called backup.php with this content:

#!/usr/bin/env php

require_once __DIR__.’/vendor/autoload.php’;

use Razvan\BackupCommand;
use Symfony\Component\Console\Application;

$command = new BackupCommand();

$application = new Application();


Now, we can run it from the console, with:

[bash]php sync.php s3 /home/razvan/mypictures[/bash]

Based on this skeleton, I’m working for a more complex syncronization script between Amazon S3 and a local folder. You can find the code on GitHub.


It is possible the tutorial above to not be very complete and accurate.

The code it’s not optimized at all (eg: if you have a big amount of files or very big files).



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