Installation & Usage


  • This project use docker to be run. As a developer, use docker-compose to bootstrap a dev environment in a glance. You do not need any other dependencies ;
  • Make is used to automate scripts.


If you plan to run chill in production:

  1. install it locally first, and check if everything is ok on your local machine;
  2. once ready, build the image from your local machine, and deploy them.

If you want to develop some bundles, the first step is sufficient (until you deploy on production).

1. Get the code

Clone or download the chill-skeleton project and cd into the main directory.

git clone
cd chill-skeleton-basic

As a developer, the code will stay on your computer and will be executed in docker container. To avoid permission problem, the code should be run with the same uid/gid from your current user. This is why we get your current user id with the command id -u in each following scripts.

2. Prepare composer to download the sources

As you are running in dev, you must configure an auth token for getting the source code.

  1. Create a personal access token from, with the read_api scope.

  2. add a file called `.composer/auth.json` with this content:

      "gitlab-token": {

2. Prepare your variables and environment

Copy `` into `docker-compose.override.yml`

cp docker-compose.override.yml

2. Prepare your variables and docker-compose

Have a look at the variable in .env and check if you need to adapt them. If they do not adapt with your need, or if some are missing:

  1. copy the file as .env.local: cp .env .env.local
  2. you may replace some variables inside .env

Prepare also you docker-compose installation, and adapt it to your needs:

  1. If you plan to deploy on dev, copy the file to docker-compose.override.yml.
  2. adapt to your needs.

Note: If you intend to use the bundle Chill-Doc-Store, you will need to configure and install an openstack object storage container with temporary url middleware. You will have to configure secret keys.

3. Run the bootstrap script

This script can be run using make

make init

This script will :

  1. force docker-compose to, eventually, pull the base images and build the image used by this project ;
  2. run an install script to download composer ;
  3. install the php dependencies
  4. build assets


The script will work only if the binary docker-compose is located into your PATH. If you use compose as a docker plugin, you can simulate this binary by creating this file at (for instance), /usr/local/bin/docker-compose (and run chmod +x /usr/local/bin/docker-compose):


/usr/bin/docker compose "$@"


In some cases it can happen that an old image (chill_base_php82 or chill_php82) stored in the docker cache will make the script fail. To solve this problem you have to delete the image and the container, before the make init :

docker-compose images php
docker rmi -f chill_php82:prod
docker-compose rm php

4. Start the project

docker-compose up

On the first run (and after each upgrade), you must execute post update commands and run database migrations. With a container up and running, execute the following commands:

# mount into to container
bin/console chill:db:sync-views
# and load fixtures
bin/console doctrine:migrations:migrate

Chill will be available at http://localhost:8001. Currently, there isn’t any user or data. To add fixtures, run

# mount into to container
# and load fixtures (do not this for production)
bin/console doctrine:fixtures:load --purge-with-truncate

There are several users available:

  • center a_social
  • center b_social

The password is always password.

Now, read Operations below. For running in production, read prod_.


Build assets

run those commands:

make build-assets

How to execute the console ?

# if a container is running
# if not
docker-compose run --user $(id -u) php bin/console

How to create the database schema (= run migrations) ?

# if a container is running
bin/console doctrine:migrations:migrate
bin/console chill:db:sync-views
# if not
docker-compose run --user $(id -u) php bin/console doctrine:migrations:migrate
docker-compose run --user $(id -u) php bin/console chill:db:sync-views

How to read the email sent by the program ?

Go at http://localhost:8005 and you should have access to mailcatcher.

In case of you should click on a link in the email, be aware that you should remove the “s” from https.

How to load fixtures ? (development mode only)

# if a container is running
bin/console doctrine:fixtures:load
# if not
docker-compose run --user $(id -u) php bin/console doctrine:fixtures:load

How to open a terminal in the project

# if a container is running
# if not
docker-compose run --user $(id -u) php /bin/bash

How to run cron-jobs ?

Some command must be executed in cron jobs. To execute them:

# if a container is running
bin/console chill:cron-job:execute
# some of them are executed only during the night. So, we have to force the execution during the day:
bin/console chill:cron-job:execute 'name-of-the-cron'
# if not
docker-compose run --user $(id -u) php bin/console chill:cron-job:execute
# some of them are executed only during the night. So, we have to force the execution during the day:
docker-compose run --user $(id -u) php bin/console chill:cron-job:execute 'name-of-the-cron'

How to run composer ?

# if a container is running
# if not
docker-compose run --user $(id -u) php composer

How to access to PGADMIN ?

Pgadmin is installed with docker-compose, and is available **only if you uncomment the appropriate lines into docker-compose.override.yml.

You can access it at http://localhost:8002.


  • login: from the variable you set into docker-composer.override.yml
  • password: same :-)

How to run tests ?

Tests reside inside the installed bundles. You must cd into that directory, download the required packages, and execute them from this place.

Note: some bundle require the fixture to be executed. See the dedicated _how-tos_.

Exemple, for running unit test inside main bundle:

# mount into the php image
# cd into main directory
cd vendor/chill-project/chill-bundles
# download deps
git submodule init
git submodule update
composer install
# run tests
bin/phpunit src/Bundle/path/to/your/test

Or for running tests to check code style and php conventions with csfixer and phpstan:

# run code style fixer
bin/grumphp run --tasks=phpcsfixer
# run phpstan
bin/grumphp run --tasks=phpstan


To avoid phpstan block your commits:

git commit -n ...

To avoid phpstan block your commits permanently:

./bin/grumphp git:deinit

How to run webpack interactively

Executing bash will open a terminal in a node container, with volumes mounted.

How to switch the branch for chill-bundles, and get new dependencies

During development, you will switch to new branches for chill-bundles. As long as the dependencies are equals, this does not cause any problem. But sometimes, a new branch introduces a new dependency, and you must download it.


Ensure that you have gitlab-token ready before updating your branches. See above.

In order to do that without pain, use those steps:

  1. Ensuire you have a token, set
  2. at the app’s root, update the composer.json to your current branch:
   "require": {
       "chill-bundles": "dev-<my-branch>@dev"
  1. mount into the php container (./, and run composer update

Error An exception has been thrown during the rendering of a template (“Asset manifest file “/var/www/app/web/build/manifest.json” does not exist.”). on first run

Run make build-assets

Running in production

Currently, to run this software in production, the state of the art is the following :

  1. Run the software locally and tweak the configuration to your needs ;

  2. Build the image and store them into a private container registry. This can be done using make build-and-push-image.

    To be sure to target the correct container registry, you have to adapt the image names into your docker-compose.override.yml file.

3. Push the image on your registry, or upload them to the destination machine using docker image save and docker image load. 3. Run the image on your production server, using docker-compose or eventually docker stack. You have to customize the variable set in docker-compose.

See also the Tips and tricks below.


In production, you must set those variables:

  • APP_ENV to prod
  • APP_DEBUG to false

There are security issues if you keep the same variable than for production.

Tips and tricks

Operation on database (backups, running custom sql, replication) are easier to set when run outside of a container. If you run into a container, take care of the volume where data are stored.

The PHP sessions are stored inside redis. This is useful if you distribute the traffic amongst different php server: they will share same sessions if a request goes into a different instance of the container.

When the PHP servers are shared across multiple instances, take care that some data is stored into redis: the same redis server should be reachable by all instances.

It is worth having an eye on the configuration of logstash container.

Design principles

Why the DB URL is also set in environment, and not in .env file ?

Because, at startup, a script does check the db is up and, if not, wait for a couple of seconds before running For avoiding double configuration, the configuration of the PHP app takes his configuration from environment also (and it will be standard in future releases, with symfony 4.0).