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Install Zend Framework on CentOS 6 / RHEL 6


Zend Framework is an open source, object oriented web application framework for PHP 5. Zend Framework is often called a ‘component library’, because it has many loosely coupled components that you can use more or less independently. But Zend Framework also provides an advanced Model-View-Controller (MVC) implementation that can be used to establish a basic structure for your Zend Framework applications.




Zend Framework features include:

  • All components are fully object-oriented PHP 5 and are E_STRICT compliant
  • Use-at-will architecture with loosely coupled components and minimal interdependencies
  • Extensible MVC implementation supporting layouts and PHP-based templates by default
  • Support for multiple database systems and vendors, including MariaDB, MySQL, Oracle, IBM DB2, Microsoft SQL Server, PostgreSQL, SQLite, and Informix Dynamic Server
  • Email composition and delivery, retrieval via mbox, Maildir, POP3 and IMAP4
  • Flexible caching sub-system with support for many types of backends, such as memory or a file system.

Install LAMP:

Zend Framework can be tested by creating test project; it should be placed under the document root of your web server. Web server might be Apache, Nginx and Lighttpd; for easy understanding i used Apache as web server. Here is the Step by Step guide to install LAMP server on CentOS 6 / RHEL 6 .

Open Terminal ( Application  —-> System Tools  —-> Terminal).

Switch to root user.

[raj@geeksite~]$ su

Install Repository:

Zend Framework available on the epel repository, we need to install repository by issuing the following command.

[root@geeksite ~]# rpm -Uvh

Install Zend Framework:

[root@geeksite ~]# yum install php-ZendFramework

Confirm the installed version.

[root@geeksite geeksite]# zf show version
Zend Framework Version: 1.11.11

Testing Zend project:

In Apache /var/www/html is the default document root, so i am going to create test project on /var/www/html, go to the default document root of web server.

[root@geeksite www]# cd /var/www/html

Create the test project called geeksite.

[root@geeksite html]# zf create project geeksite
Creating project at /var/www/html/geeksite
Note: This command created a web project, for more information setting up your VHOST, please see docs/README
Testing Note: PHPUnit was not found in your include_path, therefore no testing actions will be created.

You should get the above message after hitting Enter; if you get any error message included in above message, you required to install PHPUnit. Install PHPUnit by issuing the following command.

[root@geeksite www]# yum install php-pear-PHPUnit


Now we need to have the Zend Library files in the library directory under the created project (By default it’s empty). go to the library directory.

[root@geeksite  geeksite]# cd geeksite/library/

SymLink is the better option than copying the library files to library directory;  because the library files will get update when we are installing the latest Zend Framework.

[root@geeksite library]# ln -s /usr/share/php/Zend .

Tree view of your project directory.

[root@geeksite geeksite]# tree
|-- application
| |-- Bootstrap.php
| |-- configs
| | `-- application.ini
| |-- controllers
| | |-- ErrorController.php
| | `-- IndexController.php
| |-- models
| `-- views
| |-- helpers
| `-- scripts
| |-- error
| | `-- error.phtml
| `-- index
| `-- index.phtml
|-- docs
| `-- README.txt
|-- library
| `-- Zend -> /usr/share/php/Zend/
|-- public
| `-- index.php
`-- tests
|-- application
| `-- controllers
| `-- IndexControllerTest.php
|-- bootstrap.php
|-- library
`-- phpunit.xml
17 directories, 11 files

Open up a web browser and navigate to http://localhost/geeksite/public. Screen Shot of Test Project in CentOS 6.

That’s all!

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