PHP Boilder plate

GithubPHP Boiler Plate @ Github


What's that?

A boilerplate for php webapps, without the need to go object orientated for every single step.

It includes

  • User registration
  • User management
  • OAuth implementation
  • Cookie and Session Management
  • Multilanguage support (i18n, gettext. Supplied languages: en_GB & de_DE)
  • XSS and CSRF protection
  • Easy routing
  • Input validation in jQuery and php (with an interface function)
  • Growing documentation (within base installation)
  • Page generation (you decide if the new created page is automatically created with an ajax backend)
  • ACL for pages and navigation tree entries

The following libraries and plugins are used:


  • A webserver capable to run php (with intl extension, PHP 7.1+, PDO extension , OpenSSL extension)
  • A MySQL database server (MySQL 5.5.3+ or MariaDB 5.5.23+)
  • To use internationalisation, you may need to run locale-gen on your linux server
  • composer


  • You need the login data to an empty mysql database
  • You need the login data to an email server


The installation directory should not be web accessible. Only the public folder needs to be web readable.

I suggest to install this boilerplate over composer. This will ensure random salts are defined for the hashing functions.

Install with composer

To install the boilerplate, run this within the target directory

composer create-project schnoog/boilerplate . dev-master

or set a target directory

composer create-project schnoog/boilerplate targetdir dev-master

Installation with git or Download

  • Open the console and change the directory to the target directory, where you want to create the checkout

Get the files

git clone .

or download the package and unzip it

Create the configuration

This can be done by a little helper script

php ./appconsole create

or by hand copy the distributed example

cp app/config/main_config.php.dist app/config/main_config.php

replace SECSALT1 and SECSALT2 with random strings by hand.


Please adjust the settings in


to match your needings.


Now you need to populate the database. This can be done by a little helper script

php ./appconsole db

or by importing each NUMxxxx.sql file within app/SETUP/ (starting from 001....)

mysql DATABASE < app/SETUP/001_UserTables.sql
mysql DATABASE < app/SETUP/002_PageStructure.sql


You should now be able to access the system. The administrator login is Username: Password: 1234abcd


I suggest to use the "php ./appconsole db" to install and update the database. This will set a database version tag to be able to update the database without dataloss in later releases.