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The SensioGeneratorBundle extends the default Symfony2 command line interface by providing new interactive and intuitive commands for generating code skeletons like bundles, form classes or CRUD controllers based on a Doctrine 2 schema.


Before using this bundle in your project, add it to your composer.json file:

$ composer require sensio/generator-bundle

Then, like for any other bundle, include it in your Kernel class:

public function registerBundles()
    $bundles = array(

        new Sensio\Bundle\GeneratorBundle\SensioGeneratorBundle(),


List of Available Commands

The SensioGeneratorBundle comes with four new commands that can be run in interactive mode or not. The interactive mode asks you some questions to configure the command parameters to generate the definitive code. The list of new commands are listed below:

Overriding Skeleton Templates

New in version 2.3: The possibility to override the skeleton templates was added in 2.3.

All generators use a template skeleton to generate files. By default, the commands use templates provided by the bundle under its Resources/skeleton directory.

You can define custom skeleton templates by creating the same directory and file structure in APP_PATH/Resources/SensioGeneratorBundle/skeleton or BUNDLE_PATH/Resources/SensioGeneratorBundle/skeleton if you want to extend the generator bundle (to be able to share your templates for instance in several projects).

For instance, if you want to override the edit template for the CRUD generator, create a crud/views/edit.html.twig.twig file under APP_PATH/Resources/SensioGeneratorBundle/skeleton.

When overriding a template, have a look at the default templates to learn more about the available templates, their path, and the variables they have access.

Instead of copy/pasting the original template to create your own, you can also extend it and only override the relevant parts:

{# in app/Resources/SensioGeneratorBundle/skeleton/crud/actions/create.php.twig #}

{# notice the "skeleton" prefix here -- more about it below #}
{% extends "skeleton/crud/actions/create.php.twig" %}

{% block phpdoc_header %}
     {{ parent() }}
     * This is going to be inserted after the phpdoc title
     * but before the annotations.
{% endblock phpdoc_header %}

Complex templates in the default skeleton are split into Twig blocks to allow easy inheritance and to avoid copy/pasting large chunks of code.

In some cases, templates in the skeleton include other ones, like in the crud/views/edit.html.twig.twig template for instance:

{% include 'crud/views/others/record_actions.html.twig.twig' %}

If you have defined a custom template for this template, it is going to be used instead of the default one. But you can explicitly include the original skeleton template by prefixing its path with skeleton/ like we did above:

{% include 'skeleton/crud/views/others/record_actions.html.twig.twig' %}

You can learn more about this neat “trick” in the official Twig documentation.

This work, including the code samples, is licensed under a Creative Commons BY-SA 3.0 license.