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Docker Symfony (PHP7-FPM - NGINX - MySQL - ELK)

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Docker-symfony gives you everything you need for developing Symfony application. This complete stack run with docker and docker-compose (1.7 or higher).


  1. Create a .env from the .env.dist file. Adapt it according to your symfony application

    cp .env.dist .env
  2. Build/run containers with (with and without detached mode)

    $ docker-compose build
    $ docker-compose up -d
  3. Update your system host file (add symfony.local)

    # UNIX only: get containers IP address and update host (replace IP according to your configuration) (on Windows, edit C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts)
    $ sudo echo $(docker network inspect bridge | grep Gateway | grep -o -E '([0-9]{1,3}\.){3}[0-9]{1,3}') "symfony.local" >> /etc/hosts

    Note: For OS X, please take a look here and for Windows read this (4th step).

  4. Prepare Symfony app

    1. Update app/config/parameters.yml

      # path/to/your/symfony-project/app/config/parameters.yml
          database_host: db
    2. Composer install & create database

      $ docker-compose exec php bash
      $ composer install
      # Symfony2
      $ sf doctrine:database:create
      $ sf doctrine:schema:update --force
      # Only if you have `doctrine/doctrine-fixtures-bundle` installed
      $ sf doctrine:fixtures:load --no-interaction
      # Symfony3
      $ sf3 doctrine:database:create
      $ sf3 doctrine:schema:update --force
      # Only if you have `doctrine/doctrine-fixtures-bundle` installed
      $ sf3 doctrine:fixtures:load --no-interaction
  5. Enjoy :-)


Just run docker-compose up -d, then:


If you want to add optionnals containers like Redis, PHPMyAdmin... take a look on doc/

How it works?

Have a look at the docker-compose.yml file, here are the docker-compose built images:

  • db: This is the MySQL database container,
  • php: This is the PHP-FPM container in which the application volume is mounted,
  • nginx: This is the Nginx webserver container in which application volume is mounted too,
  • elk: This is a ELK stack container which uses Logstash to collect logs, send them into Elasticsearch and visualize them with Kibana.

This results in the following running containers:

$ docker-compose ps
           Name                          Command               State              Ports            
dockersymfony_db_1            / mysqld            Up>3306/tcp      
dockersymfony_elk_1           /usr/bin/supervisord -n -c ...   Up>80/tcp          
dockersymfony_nginx_1         nginx                            Up      443/tcp,>80/tcp
dockersymfony_php_1           php-fpm                          Up>9000/tcp      

Useful commands

# bash commands
$ docker-compose exec php bash

# Composer (e.g. composer update)
$ docker-compose exec php composer update

# SF commands (Tips: there is an alias inside php container)
$ docker-compose exec php php /var/www/symfony/app/console cache:clear # Symfony2
$ docker-compose exec php php /var/www/symfony/bin/console cache:clear # Symfony3
# Same command by using alias
$ docker-compose exec php bash
$ sf cache:clear

# Retrieve an IP Address (here for the nginx container)
$ docker inspect --format '{{ .NetworkSettings.Networks.dockersymfony_default.IPAddress }}' $(docker ps -f name=nginx -q)
$ docker inspect $(docker ps -f name=nginx -q) | grep IPAddress

# MySQL commands
$ docker-compose exec db mysql -uroot -p"root"

# F***ing cache/logs folder
$ sudo chmod -R 777 app/cache app/logs # Symfony2
$ sudo chmod -R 777 var/cache var/logs var/sessions # Symfony3

# Check CPU consumption
$ docker stats $(docker inspect -f "{{ .Name }}" $(docker ps -q))

# Delete all containers
$ docker rm $(docker ps -aq)

# Delete all images
$ docker rmi $(docker images -q)


  • Got this error: ERROR: Couldn't connect to Docker daemon at http+docker://localunixsocket - is it running? If it's at a non-standard location, specify the URL with the DOCKER_HOST environment variable. ?
    Run docker-compose up -d instead.

  • Permission problem? See this doc (Setting up Permission)

  • How to config Xdebug? Xdebug is configured out of the box! Just config your IDE to connect port 9001 and id key PHPSTORM


First of all, thank you for contributing ♥
If you find any typo/misconfiguration/... please send me a PR or open an issue. You can also ping me on twitter.
Also, while creating your Pull Request on GitHub, please write a description which gives the context and/or explains why you are creating it.

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