The config folder is stored in /app/config/ directory and the default application config file is located at /app/config/application/default.json. In the config file, you can modify some settings of the site and plugins, such as logging, cache, and analytics.

If you wish to store configurations for other applications, we recommend you to create a new config file under /app/config/ directory. Moreover, all config files are stored in JSON format and you can retrieve config from the config file though the getConfig function in Erdiko class.

For example, to read the configuration of Cache which is located at /app/config/cache.json directory, you can use the following code:

	$config = \Erdiko::getConfig("local/cache");
	$host = $config["memcached"]["host"];				
	$port = $config["memcached"]["port"];


Application routes are defined in the file, /app/config/application/routes.json Update your app’s routes in this file.

Erdiko uses the same routing conventions defined by ToroPHP (modeled after Tornado, a python framework)

E.g. To route the root of the site to the Example controller

"/": "\app\controllers\Example"

E.g. To route, where the token is an alpha only name used in the controller

"examples/:alpha": "\app\controllers\Example"

For more information on routing see Toro PHP routing


If you have already configurated the routes file, the next step would be creating controllers which determine the content of pages. Controllers are typically stored in app/controllers/ directory. Since Erdiko uses Composer to auto-load our PHP classes, you may place controllers in other directory as long as they have the same namespace anc corresponding folder structure.

Here is an example of a basic controller class:

class Example extends \erdiko\core\Controller
	/** Before */
	public function _before()

	/** Get Hello */
	public function getHello()
		$this->setTitle('Hello World');
		$this->setContent("Hello World");

In a controller class, every function whose name starts with ‘get’ represents the logic of a page. For example, if you are running the site on your local machine, the url of the site on the example above would be http://localhost/hello.


The views are stored in app/views/ directory. Views is similar to Layout, however, they are not actually the same. Layout can set inside a layout or a view which view can only contain Layout. Moreover, you can put any HTML or PHP code inside a view.

Here is an example of a view:

<p>This is a view template.</p>
<p><?php echo $data[0] ?> world</p>

It supports HTML tags and ables to use PHP to retrieve variables.


Erdiko is a mash-up framework and our goal is to make Erdiko be able to mash-up multiple applications/frameworks like Drupal, Magento, WordPress, Zend, and etc. There are lots of different models out there and it is not feasible to cover all of that. Therefore, you may design your model layer depending on your needs.

For example, if you site is using database MySQL, Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, PostgreSQL, SAP Sybase SQL Anywhere, SQLite, or Drizzle, you may consider to adopt Doctrine’s Database Abstraction Layer framework to Erdiko. Here is a link to a tutorial of basic usage.


In Erdiko, Hook is mainly driven by the router ToroPHP. Hook is very useful in Erdiko framework and it allows you to excute code before and after a controller is called. It can also increase the security when communicating with third party applications. For example, when you made a request to a third party application which is going to do a call-back action to your site, you can use hooks to hooks to verfiy the session.

For more hooks information, please see

About Erdiko

Erdiko wants to make your php development easier. If you need a lightweight MVC framework you have come to the right place. Our goal is to offer a clean framework to create sites optimized for mobile devices, APIs and multiple browsers. Get work done without a lot of unneccessary plumbing to get in the way. It is camptible with composer, which makes it easy to use with other PHP projects like Doctrine

Erdiko can act as a middleware framework, hence the name which means ‘middle’ in the Basque language (Euskara). Use Erdiko if you need to mash-up multiple applications/frameworks like Drupal, Magento, WordPress, and Zend into a unified application.


The code is a work in progress, and although stable, may contain items that need more refinement. There are various production sites currently using this software yet it is best to consider it beta.

We value feedback and would love to hear your thoughts about the architecture and ease of use of this framework. There are a lot of possibilities for Erdiko, we value your ideas and thoughts about where to take this codebase.


####Author * John Arroyo - Architect, Lead Back-End / Integration engineer

####Contributors * Coleman Tung - Back-End development, Documentation and unit testing * Varun Brahme - Back-End development and unit testing * Dave LaFLam - Front-End development (original theme)

If you want to help, please do, we’d love more code! Make your enhancements and do a pull request. If you want to get to even more involved please contact us!

##Special Thanks

Arroyo Labs - For sponsoring development,

less - dynamic stylesheet language,

Toro - PHP router (micro framework),