Fixtures. AliceBundle

In the previous article, we learned about fixtures in the Symfony framework, as well as the DoctrineFixturesBundle. Let's take a look at another useful bundle for working with fixtures - AliceBundle (a wrapper around the alice component).

Some highlights:

  • The ability to load data from .yml files
  • Support for references
  • Calling external methods
  • Uses DoctrineFixturesBundle (so, after the dance, you can use shared data)
  • In theory, it can be used not only for loading fixtures, but also for data (you can read from a file, recreate all the references, and then load them)
  • Data generation (for example, you can generate users user0..user1)

Some obvious drawbacks:

  • No ability to share references with DoctrineFixturesBundle (but you can hack it ;))
  • Calling a method like <getReference('')> can cause unexpected problems (we'll talk about this later)


composer require hautelook/alice-bundle

This will also install DoctrineFixturesBundle as a dependency. Register the bundles in app/AppKernel.php:

// app/AppKernel.php

public function registerBundles() { $bundles = array( // ... if (in_array($this->getEnvironment(), array('dev', 'test'))) { new DoctrineFixtureBundleDoctrineFixturesBundle(), new HautelookAliceBundleHautelookAliceBundle(), } // ... ); }


In the fixture file (for example, ..DataFixturesORMLoadData.php)


namespace AcmeDemoBundleDataFixturesORM;

use HautelookAliceBundleAliceDataFixtureLoader;

class LoadData extends DataFixtureLoader { /** * {@inheritDoc} */ protected function getFixtures() { return array( __DIR__ . '/data.yml',

); } }

In the data.yml file:

        username: user
        plainPassword: 1111
        username: other_user
        plainPassword: 1111

VendorBundleTestBundleEntityGroup: name: super_users users: [@user0, @user1]

This way, we load users and a group, where @user0, @user1 are references to the users described in the fixtures. You can also call methods:

    name: super_users
    users: [<getUser('user0')>, <getUser('user1')>]

The method must be defined in the fixture loader class (in our example, LoadData). This is how you can obtain references to data loaded using DoctrineFixturesBundle. Example implementation:

To retrieve references, the loader must inherit from the BaseDataFixtureLoader class (most of the code was taken from the DoctrineFixturesBundle) and use the getReference method in the yml file:

    users: [<getReference('user0')>, <getReference('user1')>]

That's it! For a more in-depth look, please refer to the documentation.