giic Toolset for running Gii on the command line


  1. Introduction
  2. How does it work?
  3. Resources
  4. Installation
  5. Usage
  6. Setup

This package provides a toolset for running Gii on the command line. It runs an unlimited number of pre-configured Gii Generator templates.


"I have configured several templates and with Gii I create the code for modules by selecting the templates that is associated with the DB-table. It is working great and saves me lots of time. If I can bash-script or php-script it, it would be awesome."

"Currently it's not possible and, I'm afraid, will not be possible during all your prototyping stage. "

unixjunky and Samdark, 2010

But we made it work!

How does it work?

Giic wraps the Generator and Gii-module in a GiicApplication, which is funky mixture of CConsoleApplication and CWebApplication.

You can use a custom config file to specify your input parameters. Every action corresponds to a click on the Generate button in the web-frontend. Just specify the model attributes as you'd have done in the web application. For more details follow the link in the 'Confiugration' section.

Note: This code is experimental, please make a backup before using it in a project. If you find an issue, please report it here.



via composer
composer.phar require schmunk42/giic


php vendor/schmunk42/giic/giic.php giic generate


Giic can be installed in any application, but to get a better impression how it works, we'll guide you through a sample setup with an Yii extension which features CRUDs for the MySQL demo database Sakila.

For the test-drive, we'll install Phundament together with the Sakila Demo module schmunk42/yii-sakila-crud This module provides migrations and configurations for the MySQL demo database "Sakila" to use with giic. It also includes the generated CRUDs to play around with.

Install a development(!) version Phundament and the demo extension:

composer.phar create-project -sdev phundament/app app-crud-test
cd app-crud-test
composer.phar require schmunk42/yii-sakila-crud:@dev

Hint: Standard gii-template-collection usage is preconfigured in Phundament.

Add sakila migrations to app/config/console-local.php:

'import' => array(
'aliases' => array(
    'sakila' => 'vendor.schmunk42.yii-sakila-crud.*'
'commandMap' => array(
    'migrate' => array(
        // enable eg. data migrations for your local machine
        'modulePaths' => array(
            'sakila'  => 'vendor.schmunk42.yii-sakila-crud.migrations',

Add sakila module and MySQL database to app/config/main-local.php:

'modules' => array(
    'sakila' => array(
        'class' => 'vendor.schmunk42.yii-sakila-crud.SakilaModule'
'components' => array(
    'db'            => array(
        'tablePrefix'      => '',
        'connectionString' => 'mysql:host=localhost;dbname=giic',
        'emulatePrepare'   => true,
        'username' => 'test',
        'password' => 'test',
        'charset'  => 'utf8',

Run the migrations to setup the database:

app/yiic migrate

Because Yii can only create CConsoleApplications we have to use the supplied CLI entry-script to create our hybrid application. Run the following command to invoke the set configured actions:

php vendor/schmunk42/giic/giic.php giic generate sakila

Your console output should look similar to this.

Open http://localhos/app-crud-test/www/index.php?r=sakila to checkout your CRUDs. Login with admin / admin.

Bonus: giix

The config file also looks for giix generators in application.extensions.giix, you may download giix and place it into extensions.


"The big one" - actions for generating two types of models (gtc & giix) and four types of CRUDs into five different locations.

See the Sakila Configuration checkout the comments for an explanation.

  • Watch out for XSLT bugs, eg. Entity: line 134: parser error : EntityRef: expecting ';' / Entity nbsp not defined / ...
  • If you don't get any errors or output, check your generator templates in your browser in gii
  • Set file permission to 777 in /app/runtime/gii-1.1.13
  • run composer.phar update to get the latest packages
  • All output files are overwritten by default with

    define('GIIC_ALL_CONFIRMED', true);

Patch your code model (GiixModelCode, GiixCrudCode), override this method:

public function confirmed($file)
    if (defined('GIIC_ALL_CONFIRMED') && GIIC_ALL_CONFIRMED === true) {
        return true;
    } else {
        return parent::confirmed($file);

>Note: You'll have to patch existing extensions like eg. giix

Help is very welcome, send us a Pull Request!

Tested Generators

* patch from above needed

3 0
Yii Version: Unknown
License: BSD-2-Clause
Category: Console
Developed by: schmunk
Created on: Aug 1, 2013
Last updated: 10 years ago

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