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CLI and Pimcore Console

Pimcore can be executed headless and has a very powerful PHP API. As a consequence of these two aspects, it is possible to do automate pretty every thing within Pimcore.

There are two ways to getting up and running - simple CLI scripts and Pimcore Console.

Simple CLI Scripts

It is pretty simple to create CLI scripts that can interact with Pimcore. Just include pimcore/cli/startup.php. So Pimcore gets started headless and you can use the whole Pimcore API in your script.

The following script is a very basic cli script, which imports Pimcore objects. Although this method is working and very simple, we recommend using Pimcore\Console instead.

It can be executed from the directory where it is located like this: php /website/cli/import.php -f

Source Code for import.php:

use \Pimcore\Model\Object;
// create some random objects ;-)
for ($i = 0; $i < 60; $i++) {
    $o = new Object\News();
    $o->setKey(uniqid() . "-" . $i);
    echo("Created object " . $o->getFullPath() . "\n");

Pimcore Console

Pimcore integrates the Symfony\Console component and provides pimcore/cli/console.php as single entry point to console commands registered to the Symfony\Console application. You can add custom commands either by hooking into an event or by placing your commands in predefined locations.


Call the console.php script from the command line to get a list of available commands. To call a command, use console.php <subcommand>.

# get a list of all registered commands
$ php pimcore/cli/console.php
# or
$ php pimcore/cli/console.php list
# call the foo:bar command
$ php pimcore/cli/console.php foo:bar

Implementing own Commands

Have a look at the Symfony\Console documentation for details how commands are implemented. However, it makes sense to let your command classes extend Pimcore\Console\AbstractCommand to get some defaults like the --ignore-maintenance-mode option and a helper for the Symfony VarDumper Component set up automatically (see below).

Registering Commands

There are currently 2 methods to add commands. Either you put your commands into a predefined location where commands are autoloaded from or you hook into the initialization process and add your commands manually.

Autoloaded Commands

The console application tries to autoload commands from a list of given namespaces. Currently the following namespaces are taken into consideration (more are likely to follow):

Namespace Directory
Pimcore\Console\Command /pimcore/lib/Pimcore/Console/Command
Website\Console\Command /website/lib/Website/Console/Command

To have your command autoloaded, it must match a couple of prerequisites:

  • It must be placed in one of the namespaces listed above (e.g. Website\Console\Command\AwesomeCommand in /website/lib/Website/Console/Command/AwesomeCommand.php)
  • The class name must end in Command, e.g. AwesomeCommand
  • The class must inherit Symfony\Component\Console\Command\Command, ideally you achieve this by extending Pimcore\Console\AbstractCommand

Manually registered commands

Upon initialization the console application emits the system.console.init event, which you can use to hook into the initialization process and to add your commands. Again, there are 2 ways to do this:

Using the ConsoleCommandPluginTrait to add a list of commands
  • Create a plugin and let your plugin class extend Pimcore\Console\AbstractConsoleCommandPlugin (or use the Pimcore\Console\ConsoleCommandPluginTrait and call the initConsoleCommands() method yourself in init()).
  • Implement the getConsoleCommands() method returning an array of commands to register.
Handle the system.console.init event manually to have more control

See the trait mentioned above for an example on how to handle the event. You'll get the Pimcore\Console\Application object passed as event target and can use its API to add commands.

An example:

\Pimcore::getEventManager()->attach('system.console.init', function(\Zend_EventManager_Event $e) {
    /** @var \Pimcore\Console\Application $application */
    $application = $e->getTarget();
    // add a namespace to autoload commands from
    $application->addAutoloadNamespace('ConsoleDemoPlugin\\Console', PIMCORE_DOCUMENT_ROOT . '/plugins/ConsoleDemoPlugin/lib/ConsoleDemoPlugin/Console');
    // add a single command
    $application->add(new My\Custom\Namespace\AwesomeCommand());

Helpers provided by Pimcore\Console\AbstractConsoleCommand

The AbstractConsoleCommand base class provides helpers which make your life easier.


The console application implicitly adds the --ignore-maintenance-mode option found in other scripts. AbstractConsoleCommand checks for the option and aborts the command if the system is in maintenance mode and the option is not set.

dump() and dumpVerbose()

Better var_dump through VarDumper.


namespace Pimcore\Console\Command;
use Pimcore\Console\AbstractCommand;
use Pimcore\Console\Dumper;
use Symfony\Component\Console\Input\InputInterface;
use Symfony\Component\Console\Output\OutputInterface;
class TestCoreCommand extends AbstractCommand
    protected function configure()
            ->setDescription('Awesome command');
    protected function execute(InputInterface $input, OutputInterface $output)
        // dump
        // add newlines through flags
        $this->dump($this, Dumper::NEWLINE_BEFORE | Dumper::NEWLINE_AFTER);
        // only dump in verbose mode
        $this->dumpVerbose($this, Dumper::NEWLINE_BEFORE);

Shortcut to write an error.


$this->writeError('oh noes!');

The call above will output ERROR: oh noes! as white text on red background.