Load bundle without composer.json in Symfony2.3

This is how I loaded a legacy budle without composer.json in a custom location for my Symfony2.3project with composer.

In one of my Symfony2.3 projects I needed to use an old external bundle. This legacy bundle (from Symfony2.0) hasn’t a composer.json file and in my case I can not add one.

Anyway, I wanted to use composer and its autoloader also for this bundle in order to keep things simple for me.

Let’s assume I wanted to add TwitterClientBundle and its namespace is: Razvan\TwitterClientBundle

For this I added in my composer.json the following:

    "name": "symfony/framework-standard-edition",
    "license": "MIT",
    "type": "project",
    "description": "The \"Symfony Standard Edition\" distribution",
    "autoload": {
        "psr-0": {
            "": "src/",
            "Razvan\\TwitterClientBundle": "vendor/razvan/twitter-client-bundle"
    "repositories": [
     "type": "package",
     "package": {
         "name": "razvan/twitter-client-bundle/Razvan/TwittereClientBundle",
         "version": "4.4.3",
         "source": {
             "url": "https://github.com/raztud/TwittereClientBundle",
             "type": "git",
             "reference": "master"
    "require": {
        "razvan/twitter-client-bundle/Razvan/TwitterClientBundle": "*"

After that I ran:

php composer.phar update razvan/twitter-client-bundle

and the bundle was added in /path/to/yourproject/vendor/razvan/twitter-client-bundle/


razvan@main2:/var/www/twitter/vendor/razvan/twitter-client-bundle$ tree
--- Razvan
    --- TwitterClientBundle
        --- DependencyInjection
             --- RazvanTwitterClientExtension.php
        --- RazvanTwitterClientBundle.php
        --- Manager

After that I enabled the bundle in AppKernel.php

new Razvan\TwitterClientBundle\RazvanTwitterClientBundle()

and this was all.


  • Maybe there are better solution, but I did not find them yet.
  • The bundle RazvanTwitterBundle doesn’t exist on Github.

P.S. Somebody else wrote a similar post in the past.

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 "http://getcomposer.org/installer" | 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.

mkdir -p src/Razvan

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:

php sync.php s3 /home/razvan/mypictures

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).

How to create a command (task) in Symfony 2

This tutorial is deprecated. It was written when Symfony2 was in beta. 

In Symfony 1.x a task is a command line tool to help perform tasks around the application. The same is in Symfony 2. Unfortunately in Symfony2 there is no tool to auto-generate some code for these. To create a Symfony2 Command you must to have or to create in your Bundle a folder named Command. Here, you must create a file named MytaskCommand.php with the following code:


namespace ApplicationVremeaBundleCommand;

use SymfonyBundleFrameworkBundleCommandCommand;
use SymfonyComponentConsoleInputInputDefinition;
use SymfonyComponentConsoleInputInputOption;
use SymfonyComponentConsoleInputInputArgument;
use SymfonyComponentConsoleInputInputInterface;
use SymfonyComponentConsoleOutputOutputInterface;
use SymfonyComponentRazvanUtilsCurl;

class ImportCommand extends Command {

 const NEWLINE = true;
 private $connection;

 protected function configure() {

                ->addArgument('type', InputArgument::REQUIRED, 'Type')
                ->addOption('country', 'c', InputOption::VALUE_OPTIONAL, 'Country', '')


     * Executes the current command.
     * @param InputInterface  $input  An InputInterface instance
     * @param OutputInterface $output An OutputInterface instance
     * @return integer 0 if everything went fine, or an error code
     * @throws LogicException When this abstract class is not implemented
    protected function execute(InputInterface $input, OutputInterface $output) {
        // your code here.
        //if you want to access database (must to setup doctrine.dbal)
        $this->connection = $this->container->get('database_connection');

         //to get the user input argument "type" for this command
        $type = $input->getArgument('type');        

        //to get use option "contry" for this command
        $country = $input->getOption('country');

        //to write a message (in symfony1.x was named log).
        $output->write('type: '.$type, true);



ow, you can open a console and go to app folder. If you write:


you will see something like

  :debug                       Displays current routes for an application
  :dump-apache                 Dumps all routes as Apache rewrite rules

You can execute this Command with: ./console tudorica:razvan