How to add data migration support to Silex

Add Doctrine data migrations to Silex application

There are quite a few blog articles about using doctrine migrations in different project types and this article was closest to what we need in Silex project.

Install doctrine migration module

We add a few required components to composer.json and execute update command.

     "doctrine/dbal": "~2.2",
     "symfony/console": "^2.7",
     "doctrine/migrations": "^1.1"

We need to have symfony/console module already installed and prepared for extending with new commands, as I wrote in this article.

Add migration commands to console.php program.  You can find them in vendor folder under:  “/lib/Doctrine/DBAL/Migrations/Tools/Console/Command” path.

// application.php

require __DIR__.'/vendor/autoload.php';

use Symfony\Component\Console\Application;

$application = new Application();

//Migrations commands 
$application->add(new \Doctrine\DBAL\Migrations\Tools\Console\Command\DiffCommand());
$application->add(new \Doctrine\DBAL\Migrations\Tools\Console\Command\ExecuteCommand());
$application->add(new \Doctrine\DBAL\Migrations\Tools\Console\Command\GenerateCommand());
$application->add(new \Doctrine\DBAL\Migrations\Tools\Console\Command\MigrateCommand());
$application->add(new \Doctrine\DBAL\Migrations\Tools\Console\Command\StatusCommand());
$application->add(new \Doctrine\DBAL\Migrations\Tools\Console\Command\VersionCommand());


Add migrations configuration files:

Migrations configuration define base settings for migration generation and execution environment.

name: Doctrine Migrations
migrations_namespace: Bisaga\Migrations
table_name: doctrine_migration_versions
migrations_directory: ./app/Migrations

Database configuration is needed that migrations can really do the job.

return array(
        'host'      => 'localhost',
        'port'      => '3306',
        'driver'    => 'pdo_mysql',
        'charset'   => 'utf8mb4',
        'dbname'    => 'bisagasamples',
        'user'      => 'dbuser',
        'password'  => 'dbpassword',
        'defaultTableOptions' => [ 'charset'=> 'utf8mb4', 'collate' => 'utf8mb4_slovenian_ci'],

Default table options

How to set default create options for tables and columns such as default collation sequence and character set ?

‘defaultTableOptions’ => [
‘charset’=> ‘utf8mb4’,
‘collate’ => ‘utf8mb4_slovenian_ci’

To set custom character set and collation just add “defaultTableOptions” array with your specific  default settings in connection configuration array (file: migrations-db.php).

Console command interface

You can test it immediately with console command:

>php console.php list migration

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With data migrations you can easily update your project database with a programmatic interface with version support.  Your database schema can grow without risk of loosing control over it.

Sample script

Empty class is generated with “migrations:generate” command. After initial generation you code migration changes manually.


namespace Bisaga\Migrations;

use Doctrine\DBAL\Migrations\AbstractMigration;
use Doctrine\DBAL\Schema\Schema;

 * Auto-generated Migration: Please modify to your needs!
class Version20151117184031 extends AbstractMigration
     * @param Schema $schema
    public function up(Schema $schema)
        $worklogtable = $schema->createTable('worklogtable');
        $worklogtable->addColumn('id', 'integer', ['unsigned' => true, 'autoincrement'=>true]);
        $worklogtable->addColumn('workdate', 'date', ['notnull'=>true]);
        $worklogtable->addColumn('location', 'string', ['length' => 60]);
        $worklogtable->addColumn('milage', 'decimal', ['precision' => 8, 'scale'=>2]);
        $worklogtable->addColumn('starttime', 'time');
        $worklogtable->addColumn('status', 'string', ['length' => 30]);
        $worklogline = $schema->createTable('worklogline');
        $worklogline->addColumn('id', 'integer', ['unsigned' => true, 'autoincrement'=>true]);
        $worklogline->addColumn('fromtime', 'time');
        $worklogline->addColumn('totime', 'time');
        $worklogline->addColumn('logtime', 'time');
        $worklogline->addColumn('description', 'string', ['length' => 250]);
        $worklogline->addColumn('taskcode', 'string', ['length' => 150]);
        $worklogline->addColumn('worklogid', 'integer', ['unsigned'=>true]);
        $worklogline->addForeignKeyConstraint($worklogtable, array('worklogid'), 
                        array('id'), array('onUpdate'=>'CASCADE', 'onDelete'=>'CASCADE'));

     * @param Schema $schema
    public function down(Schema $schema)
        // this down() migration is auto-generated, please modify it to your needs

After generating first migration file the file is saved in configured migrations folder (./app/Migrations/).

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Run migrations

Your migration scripts will not running automatically, you need to do it by yourself.  To execute open migrations you need to run command:  “migrations:migrate” .

>console migrations:migrate


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