Getting Started with OriginPHP

This documentation is for version 2.x, see 1.x documentation for the prior version. We also have produced an upgrade guide.

What is OriginPHP?

OriginPHP is a web application framework written in PHP that uses a number of well known software design patterns, including convention over configuration, MVC (Model View Controller), association data mapping, and front controller.


Download and install Composer, then run the following command to create a new project

$ composer create-project originphp/app <folder>

OriginPHP comes with both a built-in development server and a dockerized development environment (dde) which works exactly like a real server would work and includes MySQL, Redis, Minio (Object Storage), Mailhog, and optionaly (PostgreSQL,Elasticsearch,Postwoman and Memcached). Its very easy to setup and work with and it will give you consistent results.

Built-in Development server

To run the built-in development server:

$ cd <folder>
$ bin/server

You can add the port number as an argument for example bin/server 80

Then open your web browser and go to http://localhost:8000 which will show you a status page that all is working okay.

Dockerized Development Environment

To work with Docker, install Docker Desktop then build the docker containers, this must be done from within the project folder. The build process takes a couple of minutes but only needs to be done once.

$ cd <folder>
$ docker-compose build

To start the dockerized development environment, run the following command, and to stop the container hit CTRL c.

$ bin/docker

If you don't want to use the built in MySQL database, then use docker-compose up to start the docker container and docker-compose down to shut it down

Then open your web browser and go to http://localhost:8000 which will show you a status page that all is working okay.

The configuration settings for MySQL docker database are:

  • host: db (from within the Docker container or localhost from outside)
  • username: root
  • password: root

To access the Docker container (linux prompt).

$ docker-compose run app bash

You can also access the MySql server using any database management application using localhost port 3307. Mac users can use Sequel Pro or Windows users can use Heidi SQL.

If you want to work with PostgreSQL then see the dockerized development environment (dde) guide for information on how to configure the docker container to use this instead.

Configure the Database Connection

When you create a new project with Composer it will run the App\Console\InstallCommand, which will create a copy of config/.env.default and save as config/.env file, this contains the environment vars for this installation, if you are not using Dockerized Development Environment then you will need to adjust the database settings.

You can find the database settings in config/.env, it works out of the box when using docker.

DB_HOST=localhost  # db for docker or localhost

Next you need to run the db:setup command, if you are using the Dockerized Development Environment, you will need to access the container first, this is because the hostname for accessing the MySQL server is different from within the container.

To access the Docker container:

$ docker-compose run app bash

Then run the db:setup command to set everything up for you.

$ bin/console db:setup

The db setup command will :

  • Create the database
  • Load the schema from database/schema.sql file (if its found)
  • Seed the database with records from the database/seed.sql file if its found

If all went well when you go to http://localhost:8000 it should now say that it is connected to the database.