sfDoctrineJCroppablePlugin - 1.0.1

Javascript image cropper integrated with doctrine

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Effortlessly add images to your models with an incredibly easy-to-use javascript image cropper (jcrop).

The plugin will also automatically create and save the cropped images for you, in sizes you can configure.


To install the plugin for a symfony project, the usual process is to use the symfony command line:

php symfony plugin:install --install-deps sfDoctrineJCroppablePlugin

sfDoctrineJCroppablePlugin depends on the excellent sfImageTransformPlugin, but until I can figure out how to specify that dependancy in the package then you'll have to install it yourself (it's getting late!)

php symfony plugin:install sfImageTransformPlugin

If for some reason this fails (eg you're running symfony 1.3) then you can manually download the tgz file from


and then ask symfony to install the downloaded file

php symfony plugin:install sfImageTransformPlugin-1.2.0.tgz

If you're using symfony 1.3 then you may find there's not yet a version of sfImageTransformPlugin for it, but we have found that version 1.2 (the latest as of this writing) works just fine.

Enable the plugins if necessary by editing config/ProjectConfiguration.class.php:

$this->enablePlugins(array('sfDoctrinePlugin', 'sfImageTransformPlugin', 'sfDoctrineJCroppablePlugin'));

Symfony 1.2 & Doctrine 1.0

If you're using symfony 1.2 which comes with doctrine 1.0 this plugin will not be able to delete the old versions of it's images when it creates new ones. This is because we've not been able to find a way of getting the old filename. Upgrading to doctrine 1.1 fixes this and is a reasonably straightforward exorcise. There is a good guide here:


Symfony 1.3 comes with doctrine 1.2 and so this is not an issue.


You'll first want to edit your config/doctrine/schema.yml to add the behaviour to one of your models:

      images: [ mugshot ]
    first_name:  { type: string(128), notnull: true }
    last_name: { type: string(128), notnull: false }

Here we have told the plugin we want one jcroppable image field called mugshot. The plugin will take care of the creation of the relevant fields in the person table.

Now we've updated/created our schema, we can tell symfony to rebuild our database.

Caution! This step will erase any data in the database that is not included in any fixtures:

php symfony doctrine:build-all-reload

Next let's configure sfImageTransform to use the gd library and to auto-detect images' mime-types (apps/backend/config/app.yml)

    default_adapter: GD
      auto_detect: true
      library: gd_mime_type

If you haven't aleady done so let's create an admin module for our person model:

php symfony doctrine:generate-admin backend Person --module=person

The plugin also depends on the jquery & jcrop libraries, so you must download them (http://deepliquid.com/content/Jcrop.html) and place the two js files (jquery.Jcrop.min.js & jquery.min.js) in web/js, and the css file (jquery.Jcrop.css) in web/css:


Now we need to tell our module's view to include them. We can do this specifically for our module by editing apps/backend/modules/person/config/view.yml, or for the whole application by editing apps/backend/config/view.yml:

  javascripts:    [jquery.min.js, jquery.Jcrop.min.js]
  stylesheets:    [jquery.Jcrop.css]

We're almost finished now! Just two things left to do. First we have to configure the widget & validator for our jcroppable image field. Add the following calls to configure the widgets & validators to the form's confgure function (lib/form/doctrine/PersonForm.class.php):

public function configure()

And finally create the upload directory for the images to be stored in and make them writable:

mkdir -p web/uploads/images/Person
chmod 777 web/uploads/images/Person

That's it! Now if you followed the instructions carefully then you should be able to aim your browser at your backend app's person module and add a few people and their mug shots.

To show the images in your frontend templates, simply pass a Person object, and call the getImageSrc() function, passing the desired size, eg

<img src="<?php echo $person->getImageSrc('mugshot', 'thumb') ?>" alt="Mug shot!" />


Now the above example has used a load of default values which you'll almost definitely want to configure. Here's an example of some config you can place in your config/app.yml:

        directory:    people
            padding:    { percent: 35, color: #ffffff }
            ratio:      1.5
              thumb:    { width: 450 }
              main:     { width: 675 }

Let's run through these options:

  • directory - overrides the default web/uploads/images/Person to instead be web/uploads/people
  • padding - adds padding to the image, of the specified color, using either a 'percent' or 'pixels' value
  • ratio - fixes the aspect ratio of the cropper and therefore the generated cropped images
  • sizes - allows you to specify any number of different sized images to be created. You specify the width ad the height will be calculated using the ratio if there is one, otherwise it will be variable according to the selected crop. The default sizes are thumb (width 120px) & main (width 360px)