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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 automate pretty much every task within Pimcore.

Pimcore implements the Symfony\Console component and provides bin/console as single entry point to console commands registered to the Symfony\Console application.

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

Command must be registered as services and tagged with the console.command tag. If you're using the default services.yml of Pimcore skeleton (or demos) for configuration, this is already done for you for the AppBundle. , thanks to autoconfiguration.

Helpers provided by Pimcore\Console\AbstractCommand

The AbstractCommand 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 AppBundle\Command;

use Pimcore\Console\AbstractCommand;
use Pimcore\Console\Dumper;
use Symfony\Component\Console\Input\InputInterface;
use Symfony\Component\Console\Output\OutputInterface;

class AwesomeCommand extends AbstractCommand
    protected function configure()
            ->setDescription('Awesome command');

    protected function execute(InputInterface $input, OutputInterface $output)
        // dump
        $this->dump("Isn't that awesome?");

        // add newlines through flags
        $this->dump("Dump #2", Dumper::NEWLINE_BEFORE | Dumper::NEWLINE_AFTER);

        // only dump in verbose mode
        $this->dumpVerbose("Dump verbose", Dumper::NEWLINE_BEFORE);
        // Output as white text on red background.
        $this->writeError('oh noes!');


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

Be sure to run the console with the PHP user to prevent writing permissions issues later, either by calling php bin/console or by switching to the appropriate user, for instance on Debian system su -l www-data -s /bin/bash.

# get a list of all registered commands
$ ./bin/console list
# call the foo:bar command
$ ./bin/console foo:bar