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This step by step cookbook describes how to deploy a Symfony web application to the Heroku cloud platform. Its contents are based on the original article published by Heroku.
You can also check out the getting Started with PHP on Heroku guide to gain more familiarity with the specifics of working with PHP applications on Heroku.
Deploying a Symfony application to Heroku doesn't require any change in its code, but it requires some minor tweaks to its configuration.
By default, the Symfony app will log into your application's
directory. This is not ideal as Heroku uses an ephemeral file system. On
Heroku, the best way to handle logging is using Logplex. And the best way to
send log data to Logplex is by writing to
Symfony uses the excellent Monolog library for logging. So, a new log
destination is just a change to a config file away.
app/config/config_prod.yml file, locate the
monolog/handlers/nested section (or create it if it doesn't exist yet) and
change the value of
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# app/config/config_prod.yml monolog: # ... handlers: # ... nested: # ... path: "php://stderr"
Once the application is deployed, run
heroku logs --tail to keep the
stream of logs from Heroku open in your terminal.
To create a new Heroku application that you can push to, use the CLI
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$ heroku create Creating mighty-hamlet-1981 in organization heroku... done, stack is cedar http://mighty-hamlet-1981.herokuapp.com/ | [email protected]:mighty-hamlet-1981.git Git remote heroku added
You are now ready to deploy the application as explained in the next section.
To deploy your application to Heroku, you must first create a
which tells Heroku what command to use to launch the web server with the
correct document root. After that, you will ensure that your Symfony application
prod environment, and then you'll be ready to
git push to
Heroku for your first deploy!
By default, Heroku will launch an Apache web server together with PHP to serve applications. However, two special circumstances apply to Symfony applications:
- The document root is in the
web/directory and not in the root directory of the application;
- The Composer
bin-dir, where vendor binaries (and thus Heroku's own boot scripts) are placed, is
bin/, and not the default
Vendor binaries are usually installed to
vendor/bin by Composer, but
sometimes (e.g. when running a Symfony Standard Edition project!), the
location will be different. If in doubt, you can always run
composer config bin-dir to figure out the right location.
Create a new file called
Procfile (without any extension) at the root
directory of the application and add just the following content:
web: bin/heroku-php-apache2 web/
If you prefer working on the command console, execute the following commands to
Procfile file and to add it to the repository:
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$ echo "web: bin/heroku-php-apache2 web/" > Procfile $ git add . $ git commit -m "Procfile for Apache and PHP" [master 35075db] Procfile for Apache and PHP 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+)
During a deploy, Heroku runs
composer install --no-dev to install all of the
dependencies your application requires. However, typical post-install-commands
composer.json, e.g. to install assets or clear (or pre-warm) caches, run
dev environment by default.
This is clearly not what you want - the app runs in "production" (even if you
use it just for an experiment, or as a staging environment), and so any build
steps should use the same
prod environment as well.
Thankfully, the solution to this problem is very simple: Symfony will pick up an
environment variable named
SYMFONY_ENV and use that environment if nothing
else is explicitly set. As Heroku exposes all config vars as environment
variables, you can issue a single command to prepare your app for a deployment:
$ heroku config:set SYMFONY_ENV=prod
Next up, it's finally time to deploy your application to Heroku. If you are doing this for the very first time, you may see a message such as the following:
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The authenticity of host 'heroku.com (18.104.22.168)' can't be established. RSA key fingerprint is 8b:48:5e:67:0e:c9:16:47:32:f2:87:0c:1f:c8:60:ad. Are you sure you want to continue connecting (yes/no)?
In this case, you need to confirm by typing
yes and hitting
- ideally after you've verified that the RSA key fingerprint is correct.
Then, deploy your application executing this command:
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$ git push heroku master Initializing repository, done. Counting objects: 130, done. Delta compression using up to 4 threads. Compressing objects: 100% (107/107), done. Writing objects: 100% (130/130), 70.88 KiB | 0 bytes/s, done. Total 130 (delta 17), reused 0 (delta 0) -----> PHP app detected -----> Setting up runtime environment... - PHP 5.5.12 - Apache 2.4.9 - Nginx 1.4.6 -----> Installing PHP extensions: - opcache (automatic; bundled, using 'ext-opcache.ini') -----> Installing dependencies... Composer version 64ac32fca9e64eb38e50abfadc6eb6f2d0470039 2014-05-24 20:57:50 Loading composer repositories with package information Installing dependencies from lock file - ... Generating optimized autoload files Creating the "app/config/parameters.yml" file Clearing the cache for the dev environment with debug true Installing assets using the hard copy option Installing assets for Symfony\Bundle\FrameworkBundle into web/bundles/framework Installing assets for Acme\DemoBundle into web/bundles/acmedemo Installing assets for Sensio\Bundle\DistributionBundle into web/bundles/sensiodistribution -----> Building runtime environment... -----> Discovering process types Procfile declares types -> web -----> Compressing... done, 61.5MB -----> Launching... done, v3 http://mighty-hamlet-1981.herokuapp.com/ deployed to Heroku To [email protected]:mighty-hamlet-1981.git * [new branch] master -> master
And that's it! If you now open your browser, either by manually pointing
it to the URL
heroku create gave you, or by using the Heroku Toolbelt, the
application will respond:
$ heroku open Opening mighty-hamlet-1981... done
You should be seeing your Symfony application in your browser.