lyMediaManagerPlugin - 0.5.0

A media manager plugin for Doctrine

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The plugin offers a simple web interface to upload and manage images, documents and other media files directly from the backend of your symfony application. File upload and file browsing features can be easily integrated into the TinyMCE editor.

lyMediaManagerPlugin is inspired to sfAssetsLibraryPlugin for Propel, but some of its features have not been ported yet while others have been reimplemented in a different way.

This plugin is being developed to be included in Lyra CMS (also under development), but it's a standard plugin that can be used in any symfony project with no dependencies except sfThumbnailPlugin, needed to generate thumbnails.

This is currently a beta release, play with it, please report me any error and feel free to suggest improvements


Automatic installation

lyMediaManagerPlugin can be quickly installed with the symfony command plugin:install (you must have PEAR installed on your system).

php symfony plugin:install --stability=beta lyMediaManagerPlugin

sfThumbnailPlugin is also needed to generate thumbnails of images.

php symfony plugin:install sfThumbnailPlugin

Manual installation

Alternatively you can uncompress the .tgz package inside the plugins directory of your symfony project. If you have Subversion installed you can also install the plugin by checking out the source code from the repository: cd to the plugins directory of your symfony project and execute

svn checkout lyMediaManagerPlugin

If you choose the manual installation another two steps are needed. Plugins must be enabled in your project configuration class. Example:


public function setup()

Plugin assets must be published with the following symfony command

php symfony plugin:publish-assets

Building models and tables

Then we need to generate plugin model classes and corresponding database tables.

php symfony doctrine:build --all

Keep in mind that this will erase all your data and rebuild everything from scratch. Before executing the statement above you may want to backup your database and restore it thereafter.

Enabling plugin modules

lyMediaManagerPlugin contains two modules: lyMediaAsset, lyMediaFolder. Both must be enabled in settings.yml file (usually in your backend application). Example.


    enabled_modules: [default, lyMediaAsset, lyMediaFolder]

Initializing folder tree

lyMediaManagerPlugin provides a custom task to create the media library root directory inside the web directory of your project and the corresponding root node in the database. By default this directory will be called media: see configuration below if you prefer a different name.

php symfony media:create-root

This command should be executed by an user of the same group of the http server, if this is not possible chmod/chown the media library root directory so that is writable by the http server.


Some configuration parameters can be set inside the app.yml file of your application. Example.


    # root directory name (used by task media:create-root)
    media_root: media
    # thumbnails settings
        width: 84
        height: 84
        # forces thumbnail size to fixed width/height values
        shave: true
        width: 194
        height: 152
    # name of folder where thumbnails will be created
    thumbnail_folder: thumbs
    # thumbnails will be created only for these mime-types
    create_thumbnails_for: [image/jpeg,image/png,image/gif]
    # only files with these extensions can be uploaded
    allowed_extensions: [jpg,png,gif,txt]
    # only files of these mime-types can be uploaded
    mime_types: [image/jpeg,image/png,image/gif,text/plain]

Note: small and medium size thumbnails are used by the plugin itself and should not be removed. More thumbnails of desired sizes can be created for use in your application.

Finally visit http://localhost/backend.php/ly_media_asset (assuming that you are testing the plugin on localhost and you have enabled modules in backend application).


  • Complete this README :)
  • Add paging / sorting to icons and list views
  • Add a task to import files from a folder
  • Improve user interface
  • Support other plugins for thumbnail generation (sfImageTransformPlugin)
  • Add more tests