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Symfony Flex

Symfony Flex

Symfony Flex is a Composer plugin that helps you to manage and keep your Shopware configuration files up-to-date.

Set up a new project

To create a new Shopware project, run the following command:

composer create-project shopware/production <project-name>

This creates a new project in the <project-name> directory.

The template contains all Shopware bundles like shopware/administration, shopware/storefront and shopware/elasticsearch. If you don't need any, then you can uninstall them with:

composer remove shopware/<bundle-name>


Local installation

After you have created the project via Composer, you should create a .env.local file and specify the environment variables you want to override from .env and run the following command:


The .env will be overwritten when the Shopware Web Installer is used for Shopware updates, so it's highly recommended to use a .env.local file.

bin/console system:install --basic-setup

This installs Shopware and creates a default sales channel with Shopware's default Administration credentials:


Change these credentials after finishing the installation.

Installation with Docker and local PHP using Symfony CLI

The Symfony CLI is a developer tool that helps to build, run, and manage your Symfony applications directly from the terminal. The services will run in Docker containers, while the application will run locally.


  1. Install Symfony CLI, if you don't have it yet.

  2. As Symfony CLI uses local PHP, ensure to have PHP installed. Below are the commands to install it:

Optional packages

The template is small and does not contain any dev-tooling or integrations like PaaS or Fastly. You can easily add them to your project with the following commands:

# Install profiler and other dev tools, eg Faker for demo data generation
composer require --dev shopware/dev-tools

# Or Install symfony dev tools
composer require --dev symfony/profiler-pack

# Install PaaS integration
composer require paas --ignore-platform-req=ext-amqp

# Install Fastly integration
composer require fastly

Add Shopware packagist

Using Shopware Packagist, you can manage all your Shopware Store plugins directly in the composer.json. Refer to "Using Composer for plugin installation in Shopware" blog post for detailed information.

How do I migrate from Production Template to Symfony Flex?

1. Backup

Start with a clean git state, stash everything or make a backup of your files.

2. Adjust root composer.json

First, adjust your root composer.json. Add the following lines to your composer.json:

"extra": {
    "symfony": {
        "allow-contrib": true,
        "endpoint": [

Next, replace all the existing scripts with the following:

"scripts": {
    "auto-scripts": [],
    "post-install-cmd": [
    "post-update-cmd": [

Finally, remove the fixed platform as it will now be determined by the required packages.

"config": {
    "optimize-autoloader": true,
-    "platform": {
-        "php": "7.4.3"
-    },
    "sort-packages": true,
    "allow-plugins": {
        "composer/package-versions-deprecated": true

3. Cleanup the template

After having installed the new Composer packages, you can clean up the template by removing the following files:

rm -r .dockerignore \
    .editorconfig \
    .env.dist \
    .github \
    .gitlab-ci \
    .gitlab-ci.yml \
    Dockerfile \
    docker-compose.yml \
    easy-coding-standard.php \
    artifacts \
    bin/ \
    bin/ \
    bin/ \
    config/etc \
    config/secrets \
    config/services \
    config/services.xml \
    config/services_test.xml \
    license.txt \
    phpstan.neon \
    phpunit.xml.dist \

touch .env

4. Install required Composer packages

To install Symfony Flex, you need to have Composer installed. If you don't have Composer installed, please follow the official documentation.

To install Symfony Flex, you need to run the following commands and allow both new Composer plugins.

composer require symfony/flex:~2 symfony/runtime:~6.2

composer recipe:install --force --reset

5. Review changes

Review the changes and commit them to your Git repository. All upcoming config changes can be applied with composer recipes:update.

You may need to adjust some environment variables as the names have changed:

Old nameNew name

6. Optional: Install PaaS or Fastly support

If you want to use Shopware PaaS or Fastly, you need to install the following Composer packages:

# PaaS
composer require paas --ignore-platform-req=ext-amqp

# Fastly
composer require fastly

Update Shopware

There are two ways to update Shopware:

  • Initially run bin/console system:update:prepare to enable the maintenance mode and then update all Composer packages using composer update --no-scripts. The --no-scripts flag instructs composer to not run any scripts that may reference Shopware CLI commands. They will only be functional after updating the recipes. To disable the maintenance mode, run bin/console system:update:finish.

  • To force-update all config files, run composer recipes:update.

Known issues

APP_ENV=dev web_profiler missing extension error

Prior to Shopware, you have to install the Profiler bundle to get APP_ENV=dev working with:

composer require --dev profiler

framework:demo-data is missing faker classes

Prior to Shopware, you have to install some packages to get framework:demo-data command working:

composer require --dev mbezhanov/faker-provider-collection maltyxx/images-generator